Bookmarks are an excellent project for beginning paper folders. They are easy to make and very practical. You can make bookmarks for yourself or slip one inside a book that you are giving as a gift. These origami bookmarks would also be useful as inexpensive party favors for a child's birthday party goody bag.
The earliest existing bookmark dates from the 6th century AD. Made of embellished leather, it was found under the ruins of an Egyptian monastery, attached by a strap to a book cover.
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Choosing Your Supplies
The bookmark in this tutorial is made using a single square sheet of origami paper. Using paper that is roughly 6 inches x 6 inches works well, but you can experiment with different sizes to see what you like best. The paper has to be square, however. The folding instructions won't work with letter sized copy paper, for example.
Since the bookmark is such a simple origami project, it offers a good opportunity to use up some of the pretty papers in your origami supply stash.
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Make the Initial Folds
To begin making your origami bookmark, place your paper on a flat surface with the white side face up. Fold it in half diagonally to make a triangle. Crease well, then unfold.
Fold it in half diagonally in the opposite direction. Crease well, then unfold. When you are done, you will have an "X" crease pattern as shown in the photo to the left.
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Bookmark Crafts for Kids
If you are making this project with a child, try folding the bookmark from solid colored paper and let your young paper folder decorate the bookmark. Stickers, crayons, and markers offer an easy way to decorate origami bookmarks, but adding a border with washi tape can be fun as well (the tape also helps make the bookmark a bit more durable, which is a good idea if it's going to be used by a younger reader).Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Embellished Heart Bookmark
Another good origami bookmark design is the embellished heart bookmark. This bookmark is slightly more complicated than the triangular bookmark you have just folded, but the center heart is sure to impress any avid reader.