Accordion Style Card Holder

by Jane Matsumoto

Create a beautiful and functional accordion style folder to hold cards.


  • One 6" x 12" piece of patterned paper
  • One 4" x 6" piece of patterned paper
  • Two 3 3/4" x 4" pieces of patterned paper
  • Three 3 7/8" x 5 1/2" pieces of white cardstock
  • Three 1 3/4" white cardstock circles
  • One 2" x 6" piece of patterned paper
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Decorative border punch, optional
  • Ribbon
  • Magnetic closure
  • Stamps, ink


  1. Step 1

    Score the 6” x 12” patterned paper piece at 4-1/2”, 6-1/2” and 11”, creating the base.

  2. Step 2

    Score the 4” x 6” Patterned Paper piece at 2”.

    Use a decorative edge punch on one end if desired.

    Attach this piece along the scored 1” section of the base with Scor-Tape™.

  3. Step 3

    Score the 3-3/4" x 4" patterned paper piece every 1/2" across the 4” side.

  4. Step 4

    Crease scored lines well and attach accordion pieces to the sides of the base. Take care to line up right along the edges of each panel.

  5. Step 5

    To add the ribbon, put Scor-Tape™ on the seam underneath the top flap, and attach the ends of the ribbons, about 1-1/2” from each end.

    Adhere the 2” x 6” patterned paper piece to cover the seam and ends of the ribbons.

  6. Step 6

    Secure a magnet to the inside of the front panel using Scor-Tape™.

  7. Step 7

    The matching magnet will automatically stick to the front panel covering the first magnet. Peel off the magnet's sticker and also the adhesive under it. Replace with Scor-Tape™. Close the flap over the exposed magnet and press so that it attaches to the underside of the flap.

  8. Note:
    Please refer to the video to see how the magnets are attached.

  9. Step 8

    Use stamps to label circles and adhere to the backs of the 3-7/8” x 5-1/2” cardstock pieces. Insert into the accordion slots.

  10. Step 9

    Your accordion style card holder is finished.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Accordion Style Card Holder. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Beate....this is AMAZING !!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting this !!!

I'm so excited to make this !!

Big hugs smile
Corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 5:13 AM
I LOVE items like this! Gotta make one of these this week! Very useful.
Valerie  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 5:39 AM
I just watched your tutorial and the directions look easy enough that I can do it~ Just printed out the tutorial.... I want to make these for gifts for my family! Thank you for sharing such a great idea.
Tammy Murphy  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM
Not too big, not too small - just PERFECT for a gift! Thank you!
RetiredPJ  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:12 AM
Loved this idea, want to know where you can purchase the magnetic closures, and is that the correct name to look for? Thanks, Patty
Patty  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:22 AM
This is an absolutely wonderful video. All my questions were answered. I can't wait to try it.
Tyger  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:27 AM
Love this idea! Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing!
DebbiJK  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:27 AM
Wonderful Gift Idea! I will try this out & make one for my Mom! Thank You so much for the great tutorial.
Jessica Norris  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:30 AM
Just love this project. A different idea for gift holder when giving cards as gifts. Thank you for sharing.
Linda Wirth  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:31 AM
What a great idea and a terrific video Jane! You really worked hard to share a fantastic tutorial with us. Thank you!
Sandra K  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:37 AM
This is a wonderful tutorial. I will be making lots of these for Christmas gifts. also where did you buy the magnets?
Diane  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:41 AM
Great Video- what a wonderful idea, it would make a lovely gift.
jinx  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:50 AM
love this and cant wait to do this
lucy  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:51 AM
Shelley rogers  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 7:50 AM
I'm going to make these for sets of monogrammed notecards I made for my sister, SIL, and Stepmom, for their birthdays! I was going to buy something, but now I can take some of the matching paper and make their own containter!! Thank you SO much for the great tutorial.
Luanne  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 7:56 AM
Just love this idea and will definitely be making these for gifts. Where do I find the magnets?
Patti  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 9:07 AM
awesome tutorial! I'll be making these today!
Tanja Fussell  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 9:21 AM
Thank you for the video and sharing your beautiful project. I think I may give this a try this weekend.
Aloha, Charlene
Charlene Andrews  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 9:21 AM
Hi everyone! Thank you for your kind comments and feedback! I really enjoyed putting this tutorial for you.

There has been several questions about the magnets. They are "BasicGrey Magnetic Snaps" and there are two sizes: small and large. You can see what they look like here on BasicGrey's webpage...
Jane Matsumoto  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 9:49 AM
I love this project idea. I plan on making my own Christmas card sets for people and this would be perfect to put those card sets in. Thanks so much for your inspiration and easy to follow instructional tutorial.
Cathy  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 10:28 AM

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