Year End Accordian Book

Year End Accordian BookThis can be a fun journal project for your child to record some of their favorite memories from last year, or write hopes and wishes for the new one.
1. Start with large watercolor paper, the 22″ x 30″ size sheets, and cut into panels of 6″ x 24″. Fold the panels back and forth every 4″ to make an accordian book that has six panels measuring 6″ tall by 4″ wide.
2. I had some stencils on hand for making the numbers, which really helped the younger students. The year’s numbers were traced and then colored heavily with crayon.
3. The students were given ink pens to write four of their favorite memories from the year, one in the background of each panel. I had some prompt questions already printed on a handout, asking “What was your favorite day in 2010?”, and “What did you do in 2010 that you were proud of?” and so on. Perfect writing was not the goal, just capturing memories. The writing could go in any direction. I think that cursive would be nice if you had older students.
4. The four panels were painted with watercolor, each in a different color.
5. The covers were separate pieces of heavier stock that measured 6″ tall by 4″ wide. While the accordian book is drying, the covers were painted with tempera paint, and then a title written on top in oil pastel. When complete, the covers were glued to the accordian end panels with white glue.

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  1. CHONA

    Let me be the first to rate this- fantastic!

    I’m chona ,from Philippines. I like your blog.

    View my blog also.

  2. hi kathy,

    i really enjoy reading your blog, lots of inspiring projects!

    i was wondering if you’ve ever done an art project that incorporates the concept of palindromes… or if you have any ideas.


  3. MoziEsmé

    I love this project – it looks really adaptable and useful, too.

  4. Mother of four

    I just love your clever ideas – we’re going to have a go at the Year End Accordian book right now :-)

  5. Anonymous

    Hi Kathy,
    I love your ideas and I am going to give this one a try on my first day back tomorrow. I was wondering though, did the kids write over the stenciled numbers or did they write first and then add the numbers? Was it difficult to read their writing after it was finished? I plan to use this to incorporate my art lesson into my english class so the writing will be important! Thanks!

  6. Anonymous

    I think this looks like a great project!!! I am also going to make the writing “Important” on this project too. :) We will do a draft of four different 2010 memories and then when we do art later in the day they can write it in pen on their books. I am very excited to see how this turns out.

    I love all of your art projects! I do one from your site almost every week :)

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