Paper Pleating

by Amy Rohl

Learn the basics of paper pleating.


  • One 1 1/2" by 11" piece of cardstock for pleated layer

  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool

  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Score the cardstock strip first at the 1" mark, then at the 1 1/2" mark, then at 2 1/2", then at 3", etc. (alternating between adding 1/2" and 1" until you get to the end of the strip).

  2. Step 2

    Add adhesive in the middle of the strip for the pleat to fan at both top and bottom.

    Add a line of adhesive along one edge of your scored strip if you prefer the pleat to fan out at the bottom

  3. Step 3

    Accordion fold the strip. Starting with the left side, first make a mountain fold, then a valley fold, and so on, tucking each 1/2" section behind the 1" sections to form the pleats.

  4. Step 4

    Attach pleated layer to cardstock.

    Secure further with baker’s twine or ribbon.

  5. Step 5

    Finish your card.



    Change it up
    You can change the width of the strip to make your paper pleated strip wider or more narrow.

    If you need a longer pleated piece , repeat the pleating directions with a second strip, taping the two sections together by adhering two half-inch sections together.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Great tutorial I can't wait to try it out.
Sherry Eckblad  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 4:47 AM
Great tutorial. Can't wait to try it!
Debbie Parr  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 4:57 AM
I love it, and I can't wait to get started. The fashion at the moment is to wear a cloth or felt & feather flower on any outfit you wear. A bit of bling and you have such an original piece...AMAZING thanks heaps,Barb.
Barbara Wain  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 4:57 AM
This is awesome! I always wondered how to do this to have it come out even! Thank you!
Anne Schilling  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 5:42 AM
Way cool. I don't have a bicycle stamp, but I'll find something. Many thanks for the adventure.
MH  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 6:39 AM
This is WONDERFUL, Amy & Leigh! You gals outdid yourselves!!! Awesome, awesome job!!!
Carole Burrage  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 7:06 AM
Thanks for the tutorial! Love the card.
Roxann Suits  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 8:06 AM
Love this card but don't see the supply list for colors, stamps, etc. Can you please direct me to the link? I really want to make this.
Emily Z.  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Just terrific Amy and Leigh! You've made this so much easier.
alma de la rosa  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Hi Emily - the card is in Amy's gallery here:
lydia  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Thanks for giving the link to my card, Lydia!
Rohla  |  Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 8:23 PM
Your card looks great. I purchased a scor-pal recently to make stair-step cards, now I can add paper pleating to my list of new skills in 2011. Thank you!!!
susie australia  |  Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 5:36 AM
Super Tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us! I will surely be trying this!

He IS Able,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 7:02 AM
Love your simple directions. Will need to give this a go...TFS!
Luanne F  |  Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 7:29 AM
Great tutorial and a very lovely card!!! Thank you for sharing this!!
Linda  |  Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM
Thank you for putting a video and visual written tutorial on here. It helps a great deal!!! ekc
Evette K. Ciampo  |  Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 6:17 AM
Wow! I love this. It's so cute.
I can't wait to try it out!
Rebecca  |  Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM
How do I attach "bicycle" or other diecut to twine,
so it will move?
Nina  |  Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Thanks for the simple lesson!
Elizabeth B.  |  Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 7:37 PM
Great idea, I can't wait to try it out.
Linda Laye  |  Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 12:55 AM

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