Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Accordion Fold Card in a Box

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Mar 25, 2018

Accordion Fold Card in a Box

Happy Birthday accordion fold card in a box

This accordion birthday card comes in a little box and unfolds into a surprisingly long card. The "Happy Birthday" letters flip up from the accordion pleats in opposite directions, like a flag book.

The finished size is slightly larger than 2.5" x 3.5";  and 5/8" tall.

accordion fold card in a box size with ruler

accordion fold card in a box,  size of box

Don't mind the funky color scheme of the sample.  I used contrasting colors to help you see the construction of the box and the birthday card.

How to make an accordion fold card in a box

Make it!

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).

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Cut out the box bottom and lid.  Score along fold lines.

Assemble the box as shown in the video below.

Cut letters and drop shadows.  Adhere letters to drop shadows.

Cut and pleat the three accordion sections.

Arrange the accordions so that, left to right, the first fold is a valley fold (looks like a V).
Cut off the far right-hand half pleat section.  Now the last fold on the right should also be a valley fold.

accordion fold card in a box, making the pleat

Adhere accordion sections together with the half pleats on the wrong side.

accordion fold card in a box, gluing together accordion sections

On the front side of the accordion, lay out the letters.

accordion fold card in a box, adding letters

Adhere half of each letter to its pleat on either side of the mountain folds.
The other half of each letter will hang free from the pleat.

Red arrows point to the glued sides.

accordion fold card in a box letter placement

When the letters are glued, it will look like this.

accordion fold card in a box, flag book style letters

Lay the accordion ends into the box top and bottom.

If your recipient is right-handed, the top of the box goes on the right (blue box half) and the bottom goes on the left (yellow box half).  Reverse for lefties.

The valley fold on the left side of the accordion goes all the way into the right inside edge of the box bottom.  Adhere only that first section of accordion into the box bottom.

adhering tabs in box

The valley fold on the right side of the accordion goes all the way into the left edge of the box top. Adhere only the last section of accordion into the box top.

adhering accordion into box

Pleat the accordion into the box.

Hold closed with a ribbon, rubber band, or paper belly band.


Paloma Vigan said...


bobbiecz said...

Thank you for posting this birthday box. A long time ago, I used to work for a scrapbook/rubber stamp store. I was shown how to create a box similar to the accordion fold. Over the years, I had lost the information on creating this cute card. With your timely post, I'm reminded how to make them, plus they are in writing already!

Carol P said...

You are welcome. I was following a discussion of Facebook about this box. Someone was wondering how to make it, so I made it!