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Flap binding

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TUTORIAL: Flap binding

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a flap section for a book. A flap section is similar to an advent calendar -it contains flaps that can be lifted up to reveal illustrations or writing.

Step 1: What you need

  • single sheet of paper/card

  • scissors

  • glue

  • pencil

Step 2: Fold the paper

Fold the sheet of paper in two.

Tip: If the book is A4 in size then you will need to fold a sheet of A3 paper to make it fit the book.

Step 3: Design the flaps

Decide where you want the flaps to appear and how big they should be. Use a pencil to trace a rough outline on one side of the folded paper.

Tip: The flaps can be big or small but they can also be shaped differently such as star-shaped or round.

Step 4: Cut along the lines

Cut along the lines you have just drawn.

Step 5: Tying-off

Glue the inside of the folded paper together but be careful not to glue the flaps together.

Step 6: The finished product

The flap section is complete and is ready to be decorated. It can be used as a cover for a book or as an interesting insert.

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