Learn how to make a beautiful, pocket-sized mini accordion photo book!
These little photo books make great gifts and they’re easy to make from a printed contact sheet! Get all the details below.
- Digital photos
- A computer and printer
- Good quality card stock
- A sharp precision (X-Acto) knife
- A ruler or straight-edge
- Lightweight cardboard (like a shirt box or cereal box)
- Fabric or decorative Paper
- A glue stick
- Hot glue gun
- Cutting mat
How To Print Photos in Strips – 5 Easy Steps
STEP 1: Gather Your Digital Photos
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 nine photos made a good-sized mini photo book.
You can use –all vertical photos — all horizontals– or both!
STEP 2 – Print a Contact Sheet
Next, select all of the photos in your folder.
With all of the photos selected, Right-Click and select Print (PC), or Select File in the Menu (MacOS) and select Print from the dialog box. You may need to select More Options at the bottom to extend the menu and find the Print option.
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.
STEP 3 – Print The Contact Sheet to Your Home Printer
Print the PDF photo contact sheet to your home printer. To make a Mini Accordion Book, small enough to fit into a small 3.7″ x 2.3″ tin (links to tutorials below), Print the PDF file 80% size.
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STEP 4: 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.
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.
STEP 5: Make a Cover
Measure your Accordion Photo Book – closed size. Use these measurements to cut a front and a back cover out of lightweight 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.
Finish the cover by adding white cardstock to the inside and write a personalized note on the inside cover if you like!
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