Category Archives: DIY

The Language of Flowers

As promised a while ago, this week’s post includes the instructions for making a little book called The Language of Flowers. The text is based on a digitized copy of this book:

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The Orihime Binding with a Drumleaf Variation, Part One

The anniversary of this blog is coming up —July 7— and I post a special project every year to celebrate both this event and Tanabata. This year I am re-visiting the Orihime binding which was created for Tanabata in 2017. … Continue reading

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An Origami Airplane and Some Other Things

One of the advantages of working on a 99 day project is that one can achieve a feeling of accomplishment early in the day, and still have plenty of time to work on other things. This week the “other things” … Continue reading

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A Model Reversible Box with Attached Accordion Book

Time for another paper project: this one falls in the field of book arts.

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A Card for Mother’s Day but Not Necessarily A Mother’s Day Card

Since Mother’s Day is coming for many readers, here’s a card project that might be suitable for the day, but could be used for any occasion.

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Making a Square Unit into a Round Object

I have been sidetracked once again. Rather than continuing with the piece I was working on last week —it will happen eventually— I started playing with a different sort of interlocking square. It can even be used to make an … Continue reading

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Euclid’s Dream: a DIY Pop-up Tunnel Book

If you love the tunnel book format but hate folding accordions, today’s model may be the structure you have been looking for. It’s a simple pop-up that eliminates the need for all but a few folds to create the book.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2021: The Index

To make it a little easier to find that post you vaguely remember seeing earlier in December, here’s the index for the 2021 Advent Calendar. Posts with an asterisk at the end contain instructions for DIY artist’s books. (Clicking on … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2021: Day Twenty-two and Books That Rotate

No accordions today —I probably could have filled every day of Advent with accordions— but books (or bits of books) that rotate. I have made one artist’s book that exhibits extreme rotation: G is for Geography.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2021: Day Twenty-one and a Flutter/Drum Leaf Binding

Today’s project can be either a flutter book —a traditional Japanese binding— or if you do more gluing, a drum leaf binding. (The latter was developed by Timothy Ely.) The model is a miniature facsimile of an early twentieth century … Continue reading

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