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How to make a simple origami bookmark

Here are some instructions on how to make a simple origami (paper folding) bookmark:

Take a square of paper. It can be patterned origami paper, gift paper or even office paper, just as long as it’s easy to fold. The square should not be much bigger than 10 cm/4 inches across, unless you intend to use the mark for a big book. The images show what the paper should look like after you follow each step of the instructions. The two sides of the paper are shown in different colours to make things easier, and the edges and fold lines are shown as black lines.

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Fold the paper in half diagonally (corner to corner), and then unfold. Repeat with the other two corners. This is to find the middle and to make the rest of the folding easier. If the paper is thick or stiff it can help to reverse the folds.


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Fold three of the corners in so that they meet in the middle. You now have a piece of paper resembling an open envelope. For the next two steps, ignore the flap.


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Fold the square diagonally in two. You now have a folded triangle with a triangular flap coming out of it.


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Fold the triangle in half again across the middle. You now have a smaller folded triangle with a flap.


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Look at the end the flap is on. You will see two pockets inside the triangle. Tuck the flap into the one farther away and slide it in all the way. Crease to secure.


You now have a book-corner protector or a corner bookmark. Just slide onto the corners of pages. The bookmark is thick and a bit heavy, and will hold better if you stick the corners of several pages into it rather than just one.


Apologies if the design is copyrighted - I was taught it by a friend and have no idea where she learned it.

Comments

Anonymous said…
hey thanks, that design is really cool!!
Bibliophile said…
I'm glad you like it :-)
Anonymous said…
Exactly what I was looking for -- thank you!
Anonymous said…
Just made my girlfriend very happy after a rather curious request: "Don't you have a really special bookmark for me?"

Thank you
Bibliophile said…
You're welcome.
Anonymous said…
this is not original its in books and is on other websites
Bibliophile said…
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Bibliophile said…
Anonymous: Your point being...?
Kyra Jae said…
THANK YOU!! I've been looking for how to make this for awhile now, and you saved me another 30 minutes on the computer!! Thank you!
Anonymous said…
heyy thanks so much. I know how to make a smilar one, but i think that this one is better. :D
Bibliophile said…
You're both welcome. It's good to know someone is using the bookmark.
Anonymous said…
Very simple yet effective, and one my cats cant pull out of my book to play with lol
J3551C4 said…
Perfect. This is very useful and simple. Thank you for posting.
Anonymous said…
Thank you soo much! I've been looking for instructions that makes sense and that were easy to follow... I found you intructions and they were perfect!
YeahhScene said…
Hey She said she didn't know where her friend taught it to her from geesh!
Silverlight said…
Bookmark design is excellent and very useful, and does not fall out of book as easily as expected. However, the diagrams are , in origami terms, slightly hard to understand, because the instructions are a bit general. Could add more to diagrams indicating difference between crease and edge lines and position and direction of fold.

Though it is a bit short to make origamically correct, so it's pretty awesome overall
Anonymous said…
Here it is 2011 and someone else (me) has found your excellent instructions. Thank you so much for sharing this folding technique.
Scispy said…
The thing I was looking fer
Anonymous said…
I agree with sliverlight
Anonymous said…
Simply speechles I am. This is what I was looking for.
Anonymous said…
Thank you very much by making a bookmark like this. It is amazing. I made a pink bookmark with black borders which i cut out and then i pasted them. Pink and black looks nice and so does my bookmark. Thanks alot!!
Bibliophile said…
You're welcome.
Astral Writer said…
Very cool! I also like the way you designed your website as well.


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Anonymous said…
Simple and nice...
Thank you.
Anonymous said…
Thanks

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