How to Make an Origami Corner Bookmark

Origami Corner Bookmark Step 5

Rita Shehan

Overview
  • Total Time: 60 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Many book-lovers think it is a sin to crease the page corners, so a handmade bookmark will be an appreciated gift. Plus, it's inexpensive and doesn't take much time to create. You can use a variety of paper for this, whether it's plain or colorful, matte or shiny. Construction paper, crepe paper, or tissue paper are perfectly acceptable, but if you want something fancier, check out paper options at your local art supply store.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Scissors
  • Bone folder (optional)

Materials

  • 1 sheet scrapbook paper
  • Floral embellishment of your choice

Instructions

  1. Cut a 7-Inch Square From Paper

    Cut a 7-inch square from the scrapbook paper of your choice. Place the square printed side down.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step 1
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  2. Fold the Square Over

    Place the square printed side down and fold in half as shown in the picture below.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step 2
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  3. Fold the Paper Again

    Open the paper square, keeping the printed side down. Fold the left corner inward at the centerfold, and then fold the right corner at the centerfold. Make sure you have crisp creases.

    Tip

    A bone folder will help you get the creases as crisp as possible.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step3
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  4. Make Sure the Printed Side of the Paper Is Visible

    Fold the square in half again. The printed side should be on both sides of the bookmark.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step 4
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  5. Fold the Project Again in the Middle

    Determine the middle point of the folded long edge. Take the right end and fold it downward at the middle point.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step 5
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  6. Fold the Paper Downward

    Fold the left end downward at the middle point. Your origami project should now look like the photo below.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step 6
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  7. Tuck and Crease the Bookmark

    Pick up the origami project and open up on the bottom. Tuck the right end into the opening and crease sharply.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step 7
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  8. Tuck and Crease the Left Side

    Tuck the left end into the bottom opening and crease sharply.

    Origami Corner Bookmark Step 6
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  9. The Completed Look

    Your bookmark should look like the picture. If it doesn't, don't despair! It can take a couple of tries to get it right. Once you get the hang of it, you can make this in less than a minute.

    Completed origami bookmark without embellishments
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  10. Add Embellishments

    If you want to jazz up your bookmark, you can glue on an embellishment of your choice. We think the white paper flower makes the bookmark extra special.

    Completed origami bookmark with embellishment
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  11. Package the Bookmarks

    When you give your bookmarks to your friends and acquaintances as gifts, the right kind of packaging makes the marker look that much more unique. Put them in a clear plastic gift bag, then staple the bag together at the top. Add a printed bag topper with your particular sentiment. The bookmarks will look like they came from a boutique gift store! 

    Origami bookmarks in a plastic package
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