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Make Your Own Paper Squeeze Box Accordion



A working paper squeeze box accordion to print out and make. It only plays two notes but hey, it works and it is made from paper!

Members can download the parts for free as usual, non-members can download the parts file for £2.50 from the link above. The file comes as a coloured and no-coloured version.

Print the bellows on to standard printer paper, print out the rest of the parts onto thin card.

Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.

Pre-crease along all the scored lines of the bellows piece.

Glue along the back of the edge opposite the grey edge with a glue stick.

Roll the tube around and glue it together as accurately as possible.

This is tricky so take your time.

Starting on the row below the top end of the tube. Fold one parallelogram with four hill folds round the outside and a valley fold across the centre.

Repeat this process all the way round to complete a row of paralleograms.

Work your way down the tube to the row before the end.

Complete the bellows tube by folding in the ends. Notice that here the hill and valley folds are reversed.

The instructions for the two end pieces are basically the same apart from one minor change. The instructions here are for end ‘b’

Make up the tapered blow hole.

Glue on the longer of the two ‘b’ pieces. This will be the vertical piece. Glue the tab to the grey area on the blow tube.

Glue the second ‘b’ piece to the grey area to make the horizontal bar.

Glue the top of the blow-hole to the box next to the slot arrowed. Note that it glues onto the side of the slot that has the largest area.

Glue the side of the blow hole to the side of the box along with the side tabs on the vertical and horizontal pieces. Make sure you line up the ends of the horizontal and vertical pieces with the edge of the box arrowed.

Fold up and glue the sides of the box.

The second box ‘a’ is basically the same but the horizontal piece is fitted slightly higher up in the box closer to the slot.

Fold down and glue into place the lids of the two boxes. Once the glue is dry you can test them by blowing through the holes in the sides. If they are not sounding clearly make sure that the centre of the blow hole lines up with the opposite end of the slot.

Glue the bellows to one box.

Glue the second into place. Let the glue dry completely.

Complete the project by gluing the handles into place.

Pull and push the ends to make the whistles sound!

8 reviews for Squeeze Box

  • Amazing. The variation of the

    Amazing. The variation of the pipes and the combination with a bellow to a tiny instrument. I like it. One of my next to build.

    Have fun! – RI

  • oh my  Mr rob that is so cool

    oh my  Mr rob that is so cool ..

    i am of to make my two notes now…(hope its tuned to the same scale as my train whistle…)teehee

    Thanks Trish – RI

  • Simplemente genial.
    Gracias –

    Simplemente genial.

    Gracias – RI

  • Your talent and skill astound

    Your talent and skill astound me. Last year I spent more time and paper than I want to admit to, trying to make something similar. I never got the whistle working right. You are clearly the master here. I am impressed. I need to learn more from your examples. Thanks for sharing your Great Work!

    🙂 – RI

  • Wonderful Rob ! Great ideas .

    Wonderful Rob ! Great ideas . I wonder where you get these from .!!!

                          Seeing all the paper models and ideas, I was very admired to join your membership . I've been asking my father to let me join since I saw your website. But if you would want to, you can use this idea  .   

                 —– —– : making ALPHABETS and NUMBERS in 3d

                      and hey, if you do, please can you give me a free copy of the PDF .

    and also you could take some help from these URL's :





    Glad ou like the projects on the site – check out the logo at the top of the page – that is a photograph of actual 3D letters. – RI

    • Actually i, myself got that

      Actually i, myself got that idea only after seeing all the projects in ur site. 


      Are those letters really made using paper or are they graphics  ???

      i had noticed them earlier . i liked them


      If they are paper models, then that would be great.

      that is exactly the type of project t was mentioning about . the font i mentioned in the URL's is actually good but not exactly  perfect because there are some gaps, the letters are not complete and the font doesn't have small letters . Check that out for urself .


      And Rob, my father did not accept me to join the membership, but he accepted  for a purchase of the paper locksmith collection, which i liked very much. He made a purchase using his visa debit card but a transaction error occurred and money was taken but the order did not reach my account . Please check it out and reply 'cause he's angry and pouncing upon me .      🙁

      Please can you tell me when the Paper Locksmith was purchased and I'll check into it for you.- RI

        Actually, the payment was


        Actually, the payment was made around 2 p.m. today and also my father received a message to his phone that money was taken but no details related to account came. And the transaction had failed due to a problem in the internet connection. I don’t surely know if the money had reached the respective account ‘cause of the transaction error. I just don’t get how an error can occur in a transaction process verified by PAYPAL itself.

        Please make it as quick as possible ‘cause I’m the president of the junior craft club in my school and I’ve promised my fellow students that I will show them something best and creative using paper and I have to submit it on or before this Monday or else I should resign my post and also my parents don’t trust this site and so they are not willing to make another payment.  🙁

        Drop me an email at [email protected] and I’l get this sorted- RI

  • The creation of the model has

    The creation of the model has provided a lot of fun as always. Of particular interest is the formation of the bellows. It's amazing how many of the lines on a folding cylinder is formed. I have used as a tool for gluing and folding a diameter appropriate body (bottle). The larger model was built on a scale of 2:1. A short video see below.



    Squeeze box Concertina, Paper model

    Concertina,  Faltenbalg kleben und falten

  • I can’t seem to get the

    I can't seem to get the whistle to work 🙁 any helpful advice please?

    Whistles are tricky to make. You need to be super accurate. Make sure you score exactly on the lines and cut out accurately. When you glue the parts together make sure there are no air gaps. It might be better to try something like the train whistle first to get the hang. – RI

    • I agree. Sometimes the it

      I agree. Sometimes the it takes a few tries to get teh whistle just right. 

  • Thank you Rob.  My squeeze

    Thank you Rob.  My squeeze box finally works!  It sounds just like the one in the you tube video!  I reccomend this project to everybody!

    • How can i get the pdf?!
      How can i get the pdf?!

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