Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Seven and a Little Star Book

Today’s post re-visits a post from May of last year. It seemed fitting to include it in this year’s Advent calendar since it starts with squares, is square when closed, and can be used as a Christmas ornament.

If you want to work from the crease pattern, you will find it here. Today’s book is the third  on the pdf which includes two other star book variations.

You will need five identical squares of paper, a piece of card stock cut to the same size as the paper squares, some ribbon, and a bead.

Start with one square of paper.

Fold in half by bringing the bottom edge up to match the top edge. Repeat with the other four squares. Using one of your folded pages as a guide, make a pencil mark to indicate the middle of the folded edge on another folded page. (The pencil mark will be hidden when the book is assembled.) Mark all five pages to indicate the middle of the fold.

Take one of your marked pages and fold the sides in to the middle mark. Repeat with the rest of the pages.

Fold the bottom edge of each side out to match the outer edges. Repeat for all pages.

Open each page flat and trim off all four outer corners between the angled folds and the vertical folds. The first cut is indicated in the picture below.

All your pages should now be octagonal. To fold each page closed you will need to bring the top and bottom edges together while folding in the sides. (The horizontal fold in the image below will become the spine fold when the book is assembled.) To achieve the small points in the middle of the folded page, you will need to reverse the folds indicated by the pink pointy fingers.

Your folded page should look like this

Fold the other four pages the same way. Assemble the book following the assembly instructions given here. Because the folded pages are square, you will need to make sure that all your pages are facing the same way! You can use the pencil marks you made earlier to help you centre the ribbon. Covers can be made from the card stock by cutting it in quarters, giving you covers for two books.

Your finished book should look like the pictures below.

The disadvantage of this book is that you end up with quite small page surfaces, and the upper and lower flaps need to be manually lifted to expose the full page surface. The advantages of this model are that at least some of the surfaces are square, which can make it easier to add content, and that the opened book is very ‘starry’.


About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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3 Responses to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Seven and a Little Star Book

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    That’s a lovely idea for a Christmas decoration and a great excuse to spend time learning how to make a star book… 🙂


  2. Pingback: Boxing Day and an Index for the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019 | Byopia Press

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