How to Make a Mini Accordion Photo Book

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Square feature image of an accordion photo book, one open and one closed on a black background.

Make a mini accordion photo book to give as a gift to family and friends.

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There is a quick and easy way to size and print multiple photos onto one page and I’ll step you how to do it!

Tie your photo accordion book with ribbon, put it in a gift box, or make a decorative tin.

To make a decorative gift tin, check out these easy tutorials: Mini Keepsake Tins for Mom & Grandma – Free Printables and Father’s Day Mini Keepsake Tins DIY – Free Printables.

Below is the simple accordion photo book DIY instructions and supplies list.

Supplies

How To Print Photos in Strips – 3 Easy Steps

STEP 1:

First, gather up all the digital photos you’d like to use in your accordion photo book and put them in a folder on your desktop. I found that about nine photos made a good size mini photo book.

You can use –all verticals photos — all horizontals– or mix it up!

Screen capture of digital photos to make to make a mini accordion photo book.
Put digital photos in a folder.

STEP 2 – print A Contact Sheet

Next, select all of the photos in your folder.

With all of the photos selected, Right Click for Window and select Print or Select File in the Menu for MacOS and select Print from the dialog box.

In the Print Pictures Dialog Box, you will be given options. I’m on a PC so I selected the Wallet size option. On macOS, you can set the number of photos you’d like and create a contact sheet.

In your Print Dialog box select to print as a PDF file.

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Screen capture of print dialog box set to Print PDF file as a Wallet Contact Sheet to make a Mini Accordion Photo Book.
Right-click (Windows) and select Print from the menu. Print as a PDF File.

STEP 3 – Print The Contact Sheet to Your Home Printer

Print the PDF photo contact sheet to your home printer.

Screen capture of a print dialog box set to landscape at 80-percent size to make a mini accordion photo book.
To make a Mini Accordion Book, small enough to fit into a
small 3.7″ x 2.3″ tin (tutorial below), Print the PDF file 80% size.

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How to Assemble Photo Strips

After you have your photos printed on card stock, Carefully cut each row of photos with a precision knife (X-Acto) as shown below.

Cut into photo strips.
Cut into photo strips.
Your photo strips should look something like this with tabs to glue together into one long strip. Lightly score between photos with your precision knife and bend into an accordion.
Your photo strips should look something like this with tabs to glue together into one long strip. Lightly score between photos with your precision knife and bend it into an accordion.
Use a glue stick to glue the photo strips together into one long strip.
Use a glue stick to glue the photo strips together into one long strip.
This is how mine looked with all three photo strips together.
This is how mine looked with all three photo strips together.

How to Make a Cover

Measure your Accordion Photo Book – closed size. Use these measurements to cut a front and a back cover out of cardboard.

Cut fabric or decorative paper a little larger than your cover. 
Cut notches at each corner as shown. Hot glue the flaps to the cardboard.
Cut fabric or decorative paper a little larger than your cover.
Cut notches at each corner as shown. Hot glue the flaps to the cardboard.

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Add a personalized note to the inside cover if you like!

Here's a closeup of the inside front cover glued to the book. I add a piece of white card stock to the inside cover to cover the exposed cardboard.
Here’s a closeup of the inside front cover glued to the book. I add a piece of white card stock to the inside cover to cover the exposed cardboard.

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Finished Mini Accordion Photo Book.
Finished Mini Accordion Photo Book.
How to Make an Accordion Photo Book PIN1 - Pinterest Pin to share.
If you love this craft, Pin-It to share! Then check out more Handmade Gift Ideas.

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Watch A Video

Link to the full tutorial here –> DIY Mosaic Picture Frame Tray

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