HOW TO CONSTRUCT A WONDERFUL TUNNEL BOOK THE RIGHT WAY

 

Inside: how to easily make a tunnel book the right way

 

Making a tunnel book is like writing a story. Since I'm terrible at writing stories but I am pretty great at making paper crafts, I decided to teach you how to make a tunnel book. Tunnel books have layers of images in them and each layer is like part of the story...

 

 

 

WHAT IS A TUNNEL BOOK

 

Tunnel books represent a unique meshing of storytelling with three-dimensional art. These books are a series of cut-paper panels placed one behind the other, creating the illusion of depth and perspective. Often, these are engineered like an accordion, with the two boards pulling apart and the illustrated panels lined up and viewed through a front peep-hole or viewer. Each page features openings that allow the reader to see through the entire book to the back cover. The images on each page work together to form a three-dimensional scene inside the book that helps to tell the story.

 

HOW TO MAKE IT

 

PREPARE THE OUTSIDE PART

 

First you need to prepare the accordion like outside to hold the panels in place.

 

Cut eight 8" x 4" pieces from black cardstock.

 

 

Score three fold lines every 1" lengthwise. Fold in accordion shape to create "M".

 

 

Attach four "M" shapes together and another four "M" shapes together the same way. The two completed accordions will be the two sides of the tunnel book.

 

MAKE THE PANELS

 

The panels need to align together to form a dimensional scene so when you attach the different elements make sure they are slightly overlapping but still visible.

 

Cut four 8" x 8" squares from black cardstock. Cut out a 7" x 7" square leaving 1" margins on all sides to create a frame.

 

 

Start with the last panel which is the background. I used Graphic 45 papers but you can use any papers you have. Cut a 8" x 8" piece of pattern paper and add cut out shapes to it if needed.

 

 

Make three panels with cut out images to tell your story.

 

 

 

 

ASSEMBLE THE TUNNEL BOOK

 

Attach 8"x8" patterned paper background to last bottom flap of both accordions.

 

 

Then attach first panel on the next "M" leg on both sides.

 

Attach the second and third panels on the next "M" legs.

 

 

Use last frame for the front panel. Cut strips from pattern paper and then cut both sides of each strips in 45 degrees. Attach to black frame Aligning the edge of each strip to the outer edge of frame. Attach to the top of the tunnel book.

 

 

MAKE THE COVER

 

This part is optional so you don't have to make it. The cover can be from cardstock or constructed from chipboard. If you choose to make the cover don't forget to decorate it!

 

 

 

 

I created this book with the Enchanted Forest collection. Since it's full of castles, princesses and all things fairy tales I thought it would be great to create a story in a box, which is what a tunnel book is all about. In this story a brave knight is saving the defenseless princess from the evil dragon claws.

Looking for more tunnel book ideas?

Check out this steampunk tunnel book with a circle openning full step by step tutorial

You can also make tunnel cards! Here's how!

 

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Have fun creating!

7 comments on “HOW TO CONSTRUCT A WONDERFUL TUNNEL BOOK THE RIGHT WAY

      • the part where the cover forms a “box” (at the seam where it attaches at the back and bends toward the front, sort of a “spine” to allow the book to fit in)…it appears to be sewn to the actual front cover. is that correct? there’s so many papers there it’s hard to tell. im in the process of making a tunnel book for my husband’s birthday, using photos from a recent trip to utah) and love how you did the cover (the whole thing, actually). im on the third iteration and hoping to get it figured out. i love how you did the cover! thanks.

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