Let me start by saying I am not a master of origami. Projects requiring precise instructions in order to produce results usually result in me throwing my hands in the air. This little origami bookmark DIY has just a few easy steps and offers lots of possibilities.
Make a monster, an animal, an abstract design, or a cartoon character. The basic steps are the same. Once you get that cool little pocket shape that fits onto the corner of a book page you’re in business and ready to create!
The beginnings of the origami bookmark…
Let me start by saying this isn’t my original idea. I did not invent origami or bookmarks. (Surprising, right?) These little corner bookmarks are everywhere. I made a version of these when I was teaching in the regular classroom 15 years ago.
I am a super visual person and I really struggled to find instructions for this that clicked with my brain and were printable. Hence my pictorial, step by step, printable instructions were born.
What you need…
Origami paper is awesome. It is thin for easy folding, comes in awesome colors, and is relatively inexpensive. Plus, it’s already cut into squares so there’s no room for error there. Check out this economy box of origami paper here.
That being said any lightweight paper will do. I used colored copy paper such as this Astrobright 24 pound paper in assorted colors.
You need square paper for this origami bookmark to work. Depending on the finished size you desire somewhere between four and six inches is a good starting point.
Check out the visual instructions below for a hands on look at the folding process!
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Making these little babies into “monsters” seems to by typical. Feel free to break the rules and collage on them, Zentangle on them, whatever floats your boat. you’re an artist. You’re kinda’ supposed to break the rules!
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