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Jacobs Ladder

Class by Louise Brigden


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The wonder of the Jacobs Ladder cannot be fully appreciated until you see the magic unfold for yourself. Each page flips over as if it has come to life.


Class Supply List:

For the Jacobs Ladder:

  • Mounting Board

  • Decorative paper of your choice (Iíve used two coordinating patterns but you can use as many or as few as you like)

  • 3 x 1metre lengths of coordinating ribbon, min width 7mm

  • PVA Glue

  • Craft knife, ruler and cutting mat

For the Box:

  • 12 x 12 cardstock of your choice (I used Bazzill Bling)

  • PVA glue

  • Bull Dog/ Paper Clips

  • Craft knife, ruler and cutting mat

  • Eazi Score board (optional)

  • Bone folder




Step 1

Using your craft knife and ruler, cut twelve 8.2cm x 8.2cm squares out of the mounting board.


Step 2


Cut twelve 7.6cm x 7.6cm paper squares and attach them centrally onto the twelve square boards using the PVA glue




Step 3

Take six boards (if you are using two papers like me make sure you get six the same) turn them back side uppermost.

On each boardÖÖÖÖ..

  • Measure 1.3cm from one edge and draw a line across.

  • Measure 1.3cm from the opposite edge and draw a line across.

  • Draw a third line across the centre.


    It should look like this:


Repeat this process until you have six.



Step 4

  • Take a marked board and apply a thin layer of glue along the three guide lines.

  • Take a length of ribbon and attach it across the top line, letting the spare ribbon trail off to the right.

  • Do the same on the bottom line, again trailing off to the right.

  • On the central line attach your ribbon along the line but this time in the other direction, letting the spare ribbon trail off to the left.

Leave it in front of you in this position ready for the next step.



Step 5

Now take an unmarked card, apply a generous layer of glue to the back and sandwich it on top of your previous card (best side up)



Step 6

  • Now, with each ribbon you need to lay it over the top of the card so that it is trailing in the opposite direction (DO NOT GLUE).

  • Again, leave it in position for the next step.



Step 7

  • Take a marked board and lay it on top, like before with the guidelines facing up in a horizontal direction.

  • Glue along the guide lines and bring the ribbon over again so that it faces the opposite way

  • Make sure you keep it neat and tidy as you go, the ribbons must lay over the guidelines.


Step 8

As before, take an unmarked board, apply glue and sandwich it on top (right side up)

Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have one unmarked board remaining.


Step 9

When you are left with one unmarked board, trim away the excess ribbon then glue and sandwich the final board.

At this stage it would be a good idea to put something heavy on top to make sure itís completely stuck.

When you open it out it should look like this:



Step 10

Now itís time to attach your photos. Lay your ladder vertically (this is the way your pictures will be viewed. My diagram is horizontal donít let it confuse you!).

  • Apply glue to the back of your photo and slide it onto the card under the ribbon. Take care not to get any glue on the ribbon.

  • Repeat with the other five. Remember to keep them all the same way up with the ladder vertical.

  • Flip your ladder over to do the other side but before you begin turn it upside down so that your photos will be the opposite way up to the ones on the other side.


Voila! Your Jacobís Ladder is complete.

To make it work, hold by the top square with one hand so it hangs freely. Turn the piece downwards (either backwards or forwards, it will only work one way) you will see each picture flip over as if by magic. You might need to do it a few times to loosen it up.



Making the Box

The Box Base

  • Using your craft knife and ruler, cut a piece of cardstock 15.1cm X15.1cm.

  • Draw a fold line 3.2cm from each edge (on the wrong side).

  • Score along each line, fold each side and smooth down with a bone folder.

  • Unfold and turn it over

  • Score diagonally from each corner of the inner square to each outer corner.



  • Fold up the sides again, this time pushing in the corners at the score lines.

  • Now all you have to do is glue the inner flaps neatly against the inside of the box.

  • Hold the flaps in place with bull dog clips or paper clips while the glue dries.


The Box Lid

  • Using your craft knife and ruler, cut a piece of cardstock 12.4cm X 12.4cm

  • Draw a fold line 1.7cm from each edge (on the wrong side).

  • Continue in the same way as the box base


Now your box is complete.

Let your creativity flow and decorate it.

We hope you enjoyed the class.







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