Origami – Corner Bookmark

2 Yellow corner bookmarks and a blue envelope sit atop a pink surface

Text only origami instructions for blind crafters and friends compiled by Lindy Van der Merwe, April 2010. Adapted by Lisamaria Martinez 2020.

What You Should Know

  • Paper to be used: square, any size
  • Folding level: Beginner
  • Steps: 7


Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface to form a diamond. The points should be at the left, right, top and bottom.

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 2

Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded.

You should now have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the open point facing away from you.

Step 3

Fold the bottom left point of the triangle over to meet the bottom right point in order to create a center vertical crease line. Crease lightly and unfold.

Step 4

Next, fold the top point of the triangle (top layer only) down again, to meet the center of the bottom edge of the model. Crease and leave folded.

Take note of the horizontal crease line that will form the pocket for Step 5.

Step 5

Grasp the left bottom corner of the triangle and fold it upwards and inwards to lie along the vertical center crease and meet the top point of the triangle.

Step 6

Repeat step 5 with the bottom right corner.

You should have a diamond-shaped model with two flaps that are lying along the vertical center crease line of the model.

Step 7

Lastly, tuck the top points of the two flaps you have just folded down so they disappear into the pocket that was created in Step 4 and crease well 

Make sure the flaps lie neatly within the pocket by pressing them downwards and a little towards each other if necessary.

Your model will consist of a triangle at the top with two smaller triangles lying

next to each other at the bottom, forming the pocket that can be slipped over the corner of a page.

Slip the bookmark over the top left or right corner of your page with the square, smooth side at the back of the page, and the two triangular shapes that form the front of the model facing you.


General Uses:

  • Fold as many bookmarks as you need and use.
  • This bookmark is a great model for kids to fold,decorate and use.
  • Give this bookmark as a gift with money, or a little note, tucked inside.

Blindness Hacks:

  • This bookmark does not slip off pages easily and can also be used to help orient print pages by placing them–for instance–at the left, top corner of a page with the triangular flaps indicating the front of the page.

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