The Never Ending Book

The never ending book is fun and easy paper toy to entertain you and keep those fidgeting fingers busy! I like to keep one at my desk as a thinking (or procrastinating) tool.  The book has four pages that rotate, folding out of one another in a continuous puzzling cycle.

Never Ending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Never Ending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Another view, Neverending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Another view, Neverending Book using Ginwashi and cut outs

Here’s how you make one…

Choose any kind of paper you like, Origami paper works well.  Start by folding the piece of paper in half four times until you have sixteen equal sections.  A bone folder really helps to get those creases just right.  Once you have your creases made, flatten out your sheet and with a utility knife or a pair of scissors, cut out the four center squares.  

Never Ending Book Template

Never Ending Book Template

Next, referring to the template as a guide, use a glue stick to fold over and paste square A to A and B to B. The next step is to then glue the back sides of square C to C and D to D.  Give it a test run to make sure all the folds are well creased, decorate and you’re done!

Never Ending Book using Origami

Never Ending Book using Origami

Check out the video to see then never ending book in action.  For this book I chose some of my favourite chiyogami papers to describe the four seasons.  

Try it yourself, make a never ending in just about any theme for any occasion!


6 Responses to “The Never Ending Book”

  1. Swati says:

    Darn, wordpress has gobbled up my comment yet again. I keep forgetting to not use my hotmail address. Sigh. In case you didn’t see it, thanks for this lovely little idea.

  2. Swati says:

    Gorgeous! Loved that season idea, and am sure we can use it to show the water cycle, the rock cycle, or maybe oxygen between plants and animals – or anything! Its just that we were doing the cycles just a little while back :)

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  4. Gale says:

    thank you! I am going to have fun with this.

  5. heatherm says:

    Hi Gale, thanks for coming to the blog!

    I just make the base first then cut and paste on to it. To cover all four sides differently you need 4 pieces of paper 1/4 of the size of the base paper. Depending on the side you paste them on they will then either be cut in half vertically or horizontally.
    I hope that answered your question, good luck!

  6. Gale says:

    I can see how to do it with 2 different papers; how do you do it with 4? I want to make something special for a friend.

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