Making an origami corner bookmark from paper really couldn’t be easier! Plus, it’s a fun activity you can even do with your children!
Hello, Kenarry readers! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage. I’m back again this month sharing with you how to make an easy origami corner bookmark. These easy origami corner bookmarks couldn’t be simpler to make and, to be honest, they’re quite addictive! Add this to your book craft ideas list and make it today.
In fact, I am actually working on sewing up some fabric corner bookmarks. They are very similar to these paper corner bookmarks. I make a lot of handmade gifts for our family for Christmas. This year I’m planning a little themed gifting for our grandchildren around reading.
I love to read and anytime I can find a fun way to encourage our children and grandchildren to read, I’m all for it. One of the really fun things about these origami paper corner bookmarks is that you can actually get your kids involved in the making!
How to Make an Easy Origami Corner Bookmark
What you need:
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Craft Tools Needed:
You really don’t have to use any craft tools, but you may find having the following craft tools on hand will make your origami corner bookmark crafting even easier:
These are the supplies you’ll need. All the exact measurements and quantities are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.
Even though this really is an easy craft project, before you just dive in and start trying to make an origami corner bookmark there are a few helpful tips.
What is origami?
Don’t let the word “origami” scare or intimidate you. Origami simply means the art of paper folding. Originating in Japan, traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper into an object or sculpture without cutting, gluing, or taping.
In fact, napkin folding is a form of origami. You may have visited a restaurant that had a fabric napkin folded to resemble a swan or some other figure. That’s origami at work!
What kind of paper should I use?
Although you can use any square piece of paper, some of the best paper to use are origami paper, gift wrap, printer paper, colored printer paper, or construction paper. You can also use cardstock but may find that it’s just too thick to fold properly. Thinner paper actually works better.
What size paper should I use?
You’ll want to use 6” x 6” square pieces of paper. You can also make the square smaller, such as 5” x 5” or even 4″x4″ – but I wouldn’t go much smaller than 4″. Of course, your finished corner bookmark will be smaller.
I put together this quick video tutorial that will walk you through each step of making your very own origami corner bookmark. You’ll also find easy to follow pictures below and a detailed printable how-to below.
This really is an easy craft project, but sometimes it helps to have an actual photo of the steps involved. I hope these help!
Prepare to Craft
It doesn’t matter what you use to cut your squares. What does matter is that the squares are as square as possible. In other words, make accurate cuts.
Work on a Flat Surface
Working on a flat surface, like your table top, will give you straighter edges and better results than holding the paper in your hands.
Lay your cut square piece of paper flat on the table in front of you. Then, follow these folding instructions in order:
- Fold the paper in half diagonally.
- Fold the two bottom corners up away from you.
- Next, you’ll unfold the bottom corners and fold down one tip from the top (making a pocket. )
- Finally, you’ll fold the sides back up and tuck the sides in the pocket. Easy, right?!
These pictures will help:
Easy Origami Corner Bookmark
- 1 6"x6" paper printer, gift wrap, origami, or construction
- Use a paper trimmer to cut your pieces of paper, construction paper or wrapping paper into 6”x 6” squares. You can also use a ruler and pencil to mark the square and a pair of scissors to cut out the squares.
- Place the square piece of paper in front of you so that it lays flat on your work surface and so that one of the corners is pointing towards you. Fold the paper in half diagonally to make a triangle. In other words, take the corner that is facing you and fold it up to the opposite corner.Making sure the tips and edges are aligned, run your bone folder or your finger along the crease to make it nice and sharp.
- You should now have a triangle with the straight, folded edge facing you. The point tip should be facing away from you. Now you are going to fold the bottom corners of the triangle up towards the top point. Take the right bottom corner and fold it towards the top of the triangle. Make sure the edges align then run your bone folder or fingernail along the crease to make a nice sharp crease. Repeat with the left side. You will end up with a diamond shape.
- Unfold the bottom corners that you just made in step three.Take the top pointy tip and fold it down towards the bottom. The tip should align with the bottom fold and the edges will align with the crease lines from step three. You can leave the fold just like this or refold it so that it is on the inside. Simply take the tip that you folded down and fold to the inside. Use your bone folder or fingernail to create a nice sharp crease.
- Take the right corner and fold it half-way inside the triangle. Be sure the tip of the triangle is flush inside the pocket. Repeat with the other corner.
- Your easy origami corner bookmark is now ready to be used! Or you can even decorate it with stickers or stamps or even draw a face on it or a word of encouragement. To use, simply slide the pocket portion of the bookmark over the page you want to mark.
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More Origami Corner Bookmark Tutorials
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