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  • Cardstock or regular copy paper (it holds together better than construction paper)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Tip: Make a practice sheet or two before you dazzle your friends with this trick! It makes sense after you make it once.


  1. Fold the paper in half down the middle (you’ll have a skinny folded paper).
  2. Mark the paper approximately every ½ inch on each end of the fold (see picture below). You don’t want to cut the last ½ inch.
  3. Cut the paper down the middle from one mark to the other.
  4. Fold it back in half like it was and you’ll begin cutting from the outside in, approximately ½ inch strips, being careful not to cut all the way through the edge. Look at the picture to see how I used a marker to demonstrate the cuts. See how the paper is sliced from the left but not all the way across, then from the right but not all the way across.
  5. When you are finished cutting, slowly and gently open your accordion and you can step through your piece of paper!

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