How to Fold a Paper into Ten Squares

Folding a piece of paper into ten squares may sound confusing but it’s actually very quick and easy. Use the finished paper as an organizational tool, such as a cleaning chart or to-do list, or cut them apart and use the pieces as play business cards or coupons.

How to fold a paper into ten squares
How to fold a paper into ten squares (Image: Angie Diersman)

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  • 8 1/2-by-11 inch piece of paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
Supplies (Image: Angie Diersman)

Fold Legthwise

Fold the paper in half lengthwise, making it 4 1/2-by-11 inches long.

Fold lengthwise
Fold lengthwise (Image: Angie Diersman)

Measure and Mark

Measure 2 1/8 inches from the left side and mark it with pencil. It’s best to make two marks. One on the top and bottom. This will be your guide to folding the next step.

Measure and mark
Measure and mark (Image: Angie Diersman)

Fold at Pencil Marks

Fold the paper on the pencil marks.

Fold on pencil marks
Fold on pencil marks (Image: Angie Diersman)

Fold like an Accordion

Flip the piece of paper over and fold it equally on top of the last fold, like an accordion.

Fold like an accordion
Fold like an accordion (Image: Angie Diersman)

Continue Folding

Continue flipping and folding until you’ve reached the end of the paper. You will have five sections.

Continue folding
Continue folding (Image: Angie Diersman)

Ten Equal Squares

Unfold the paper to give you ten equal squares.

Ten equal squares
Ten equal squares (Image: Angie Diersman)
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