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Make your own origami bookmark

I’m sharing today how you can use the Japenese art of folding squares of paper into shapes to make your own origami bookmark.

A book lover can never have enough bookmarks! 

Once you have mastered the paper folding technique, you will be making a bookmark in a minute or less.

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The benefits of a making an origami bookmark

  • You only need paper and your hands.
  • It isn’t expensive and you can make it as personal as you want to, stamping it with your own creativity.
  • The bookmark doesn’t take up a lot of room and it will firmly keep your place, even when you put it in your bag.
  • When you’re reading, you can place them on any surface as they lay flat (I often put mine on the arm of the sofa and I know it will likely stay there).
  • Children feel proud of things that they’ve made and it might boost a waning interest in reading.  
  • You could have all sorts of fun doodling and decorating if you decide to make your own bookmark. Make it a family time to make and decorate.
  • Giving a book as a gift?  Handmade bookmarks give it that special touch.

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Equipment

The paper doesn’t have to be a specific type of paper as any will work, however the heavier the paper the more solid and long lasting it will be.  

I use paper crafting paper which is heavyweight 160-200GSM,  acid and lignin free.  

Colourful origami paper would also be ideal to use.

Instructions

Step 1

You will need a square piece of paper ideally sized 15cm x 15cm

Size of paper needed to make your own bookmark

Step 2

Make sure you have it placed in a diamond shape to work the folds.

Diamond shape for how to make your own bookmark

Step 3

Fold the bottom corner to the top corner.

First fold in how to make your own bookmark

Step 4

Take the bottom right corner to the top corner of the triangle.

Second step in how to make your own bookmark

Step 5

Take the bottom left corner to the top corner of the triangle.

Third step in how to make your own bookmark

Step 6

Open it up again and bring the top point to the centre at the bottom.

Fourth step in how to make your own bookmark

Step 7

Take the right side bottom corner towards the top of the triangle.

Fifth step in how to make your own bookmark

Step 8

Tuck it behind the fold you have just made.

Sixth step in how to make your own bookmark

Step 9

Repeat on the left side.

Seventh step in how to make your own bookmark

Your finished bookmark should look like this.

Bookmark in use for how to make your own bookmark

Whether you want to add to your own bookmark collection or thinking of giving as a token of thanks, have a go and make your own origami bookmark.

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