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DIY Heart Shape with Folding Book Pages

By Phoebe Nguyen | DIY

Do you have a book that you’re quite sure you will never read again? Instead of donating it to the library, you can make it into a professional looking art piece. This way you are re-purposing objects in your home instead of giving them to places where they may or may not be of any use at all.

This heart shape in a book is a timeless piece. It looks as though it belongs in an art gallery. And the best news is that you can make one for your very own. Just follow the simple instructions as you learn step by step how to make this wonderful DIY.

Let the magic of the printed word take a new medium. It is a piece that you will certainly get a lot of conversation out of. And you also might have a number of requests from friends to make them a heart shaped book piece just like yours.


DIY Heart Shape with Folding Book Pages

For this DIY project you will need
  • Some old book
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Something for folding the sheets (optional)


This can also be a perfect gift for book lovers. You can buy the book you know your loved one likes the most and you can use that one.

For this project you will need something like template or scheme for marking the sheets. I’ve used one in the following link – Get it here!

As you can see on the pattern the minimum number of pages your book has to have is 216. The number of fold you’ll make will take you 108 sheets. The height of the book you are going to use has to be minimum 21 cm.

My book had 448 sheets. I’ve started with folding on sheet 115 and finished on page 331. There are a few things to remember to make this heart shape inside of a book.

As you can see on the pattern in the link above there are three columns with different numbers. The first column shows the page. Numbers in the first column are 1, 2, 3. Those numbers are your first, second, third… page of the heart depending from where you are going to start with folding. For example, in my case 1 is page 115 on my book, 2 is page 116, 3 is page 117… The second and the third column show the measurements in cm. That is where you have to fold the sheet. For example, in my case on the page 115 I’ve put two marks on 7,1 cm and 9,6 cm measuring from the top. On the page 116 I’ve put two marks 6,3cm and 10,2 cm also measuring from the top. Put some marks so you will know where to fold.

You are going to repeat the same procedure for all 108 pages or in other words, you are going to mark all the pages that are going to create your heart. As you can see in the measurements the space between the two marks starts from smaller, than it is getting bigger and then smaller again. When you have finished with measuring, it’s time to start with folding the pages. One little advice when we are in the measuring step, you can mark your pages as 1, 2, 3 so in case you make some mistake you can fix it easily in this way.


You are going to have two folding on every page. On the first page you are going to fold the sheet on the marks you’ve measured previously. Take the up corner fold in for 90 degrees angle inside the book so the upper side finishes on your first measurement. Now, take the down corner of the sheet and repeat the same procedure. You have to repeat the same procedure for all your marks. For folding you can use something like ruler or pen or simply use your fingers, maybe it works the best.

Repeat the same procedure for all your marked pages.

When you are going to finish with this step you should end up with something like this.

It’s really beautiful and it’s not even hard to make. You can also find some other patterns that you can make or you can also even create some by your own.

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About the Author

My name is Phoebe, and I reside in Santa Ana, California. Whenever I go through a day that’s been full of nothing but stress, I like to unwind by taking part in various types of crafting, which has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I also enjoy crafting as a way to simply pass the time whenever I don’t have anything else going on.

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