Making A Flexagon
Create an Infinite Folding Paper Comic!
Hi, I’m Molly Anne Bishop. I’m a ceramic artist and illustrator based in Chicago.
I love flexagons because they're really easy to make with supplies you already have at home. These paper flexagons are special because they fold to reveal 4 separate drawing surfaces. It’s great for an infinite comic!
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MAKE A FLEXAGON
MAKE A SQUARE
You’ll need to turn your rectangle paper into a square. You can do this by lining the short end up to the long end, and folding a 45 degree angle.
Then you’ll trim off the long rectangle that’s left over.
CREASE YOUR PAPER
Next, you’ll fold your square in half. Then you’ll fold the edge out to the center fold.
Flip your paper over and to the same thing. Now your paper should be folded in an “M” - there’s a hill, a valley, and a hill.
ROTATE AND CREASE AGAINYou’ll turn your paper 90 degrees and do the same folds from step 2.
CUTTINGYou’ll cut out the center square. You can use a straight edge and an xacto knife. Scissors work, too! Just be careful when cutting.
GLUINGNow we’ll start gluing! You’ll glue A to B and C to D.
RE-FOLDINGA and B are separated by a mountain fold. You’ll reverse that by folding A flat towards B.
GLUINGAdd glue! Press and seal.
GLUING THE OTHER SIDENow do the same thing for C to D, fold them together and glue.
Flip your paper so it’s in landscape orientation, and glue E to F and G to H.
Press and seal. Let your glue dry!
FINISHINGHere is your flexagon! You flip to the next side by pulling gently from the center and flipping out.
Now you can draw on all four sides!
Amazing! You just made your first flexagon! Now make more! Try using different sizes, colors, and weights of paper. Try drawing stories that make sense on a repeat. Make one for a friend with four different memories. Draw your four favorite birds, your favorite dogs in the neighborhood, your favorite ways to relax on a day off.
If you liked this project, check out Esther K. Smith’s books
Molly Anne Bishop
graduated from the VCU Craft/Material Studies program in 2012. Working mostly in clay, she draws inspiration from lizards, popular sports, and travel.