Origami – Cup

A Yellow cup is propped up against a bright pink background

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: 6


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

Bring the left point of the triangle over and slightly upwards, to meet its right edge, more or less at the halfway mark. Crease and leave folded.

Step 4

Bring the top point of the model, top layer only, down as far as you can and tuck it inside the flap you have just formed. Crease well and leave folded.

Step 5

Turn the model over like turning the pages of a book, and repeat steps 3 and 4.

Step 6

While holding the model in one hand, use the fingers of the other to open the cup from the top, rounding out the bottom as far as possible. You may want to use a finger to press the center of the bottom of the cup slightly up and into the cup making the model look a bit like a box of fast food French fries.


General Uses:

  • If large enough paper is used, this cup can be used to hold popcorn, goldfish, or any other type of small snack.
  • Please note that these cups can hold liquids, but unless the paper is very thick or waxy, it will not hold liquids for long.

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