D.I.Y – Book Folding Hedgehog Tutorial

I’ve been eyeing up these book folded hedgehogs for so long but wasn’t 100% sure whether I actually wanted to fold one of my books and thought it looked way too complicated. I then found out that the book folded hedgehog is actually the easiest book fold and I’m going to show you how you can do it too!

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This tutorial is also available in video form over at my YouTube below if you find it easier to learn visually, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube if you like my videos.

Before you get started you will need.

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  •   Any size book. (I recommend using an old book or a duplicate book you have.)
  • Scissors.
  • Googly eyes or buttons.
  • A large button for the nose.
  • Glue.
  • Pen.
  • A cup of tea. (Optional)

Rough Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

The fold that you need to create the hedgehog is like shown below. Fold each page in half and then fold the edges in.


You will continue to do this fold until you physically cannot fold them anymore, after folding a few pages you will begin to see how this will form the shape you need like below.

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When it is impossible to fold any more pages and you have around hedgehog shape, depending on the size of your book, you may have pages still left. If you do, you will need to pull them out from the back of the book. Below I have pulled pages from the back of the book, keep doing this until you have only a few (5-10) or none. When you have pulled out pages from the back you may be able to fold a few more pages at the back.

Now you must draw around the shape of the hedgehog onto the front and back cover and proceed to cut them out. Keep hold of a few book pages and the front or back cover so you can use these to create the ears. You can also glue the front page to the front cover and the back page to the back cover to keep the hedgehog a bit more firm and stop the front cover and back cover flapping around

To create the ears, pull the matt or shiny side of the front cover and use the plain white faceless cover as a piece of card. Draw two tear shapes. Cut these out and glue them on to a spare page of the book. Then cut around them again. Flip them over and glue and cut around leaving you with two tear shapes pieces of card with book print on both sides.


Leave these to dry for a moment and stick on two buttons or googly eyes on. Then proceed to glue the ears between two pages even on both sides. Use a larger button and stick it over the semi-circle at the front of the book underneath his eyes. This will help cover the messy but in the middle. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a button big enough that I like to actually use so mine is still noseless.

I hope this was simple enough to follow and that you have come out with something you are super proud of and you can use for an Instagram prop or even a gift for a friend or something to stick on your bookshelf!


6 thoughts on “D.I.Y – Book Folding Hedgehog Tutorial

  1. He’s ADORABLE. This also looks really simple to make, which is great, because it looks so good when you’re finished! I think I’d be nervous about doing this with a book, but equally if I’m not going to read it again (maybe an old university textbook or something) then there’s no reason not to do this 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I’ve used old battered spare copies I have because I couldn’t do it to a book I only have 1 copy off! It’s very simple and you are left with something so cute!

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  2. This is adorable!!
    I’m deifinately going to try and do this when I get bored or need soemthing to do to relax my mind. 🦔

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