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!

Questions and Comments

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This was a great tutorial. You written directions were very clear and the video was wonderful. I am going to make one right now!
Vickie  |  Wed Oct 6, 2010 at 6:05 PM
Totally awesome project.. I'm having a card swap on my blog and I'm going to send the gals over here to check out how to make this holder for when they get them.. Or, I may try to show them myself...YIKES.. LOl.. nah, maybe I'll just send them here.. LOL Thanks for making this.. it's too cute of an idea..very crafty!!
Kel  |  Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM
This is such a cute box! Thank you for the tutorial!
Katrina Johnson  |  Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 6:09 PM
Thankyou! Thankyou! Thankyou!
I am going to teach it to my kids in craft class today!
I just love is soooooooo easy!!!
paru  |  Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 10:06 PM
This is such a lovely idea, perfect to present at our get together on World Card Making Day in October
Shamble grin
Shamela Hendricks  |  Fri Sep 2, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Thank you so much for this. I made one for a friend and it was really easy.
Frances Brown  |  Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM
LOVE IT!! What great gifts this will make.
Pam Schmidt  |  Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM
I would like to know she I could find the magnetic closures and the score tape. Thanks
Kim  |  Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM
Great tutorial!! I'm going to make one of these for recipe cards, love it!!
Astrid Maclean  |  Mon Apr 2, 2012 at 6:28 AM
wonderful video. Love to see it
shashi gupta  |  Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Jane ~ I'm so happy that I happened upon this video. It's my turn to demonstrate a technique/project this week for my stamp club. This is definitely what I'm having our ladies create! This is an amazing video with clear and precise instructions. Sometimes I have a difficult time following along with the tutorials because people speak too fast. Hats off to you! Thank you for sharing. I have one happy Bee!
Bee  |  Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM
The Basic Gray magnetic snaps can also be found on Found that out today after looking up on the website listed and they were out of stock.
Jennifer Ladwig  |  Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What a wonderful idea thank you. Where do you buy the magnets cheers Lee
Lee  |  Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM
Lee, check your favorite online store. They are made by Basic Grey.
beate  |  Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM
This project is an amazing idea for a workshop. I can even imagine adding more accordion pleats on the sides for more items! Where do you get the
Scor-tape & maagnetic closures?
Judy  |  Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM
Jane, thankyou for a great tutorial. Your instructions are crisp and clear. I must try this as soon as possible. I, too wondered about the magnets, but you have answered that also.
Are you doing anymore tutorials, hope so.

Errkaywa  |  Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Loved your video on this cute little card holder. The instructions are simple and my cup of tea. There are so many possibilities for it's use. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
Niki  |  Fri May 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM
so colorful and cool!!!!:-)
dasha pratap  |  Sat Jul 6, 2013 at 1:14 AM
Fabulous video. I can't wait to try making this cute little project.
Donna Whitten  |  Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Jane, a great tutorial. What size cards does this hold?
SueMB  |  Thu Jan 15, 2015 at 11:42 AM

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