August 1, 2011

How to Fold Two Simple Origami Bookmarks

Fold a square piece of paper diagonally twice.

Fold three corners into the center, but leave the fourth extended.

Fold the bottom left corner up to the upper right corner.

Fold the top left corner down to the bottom.

Finally, fold the corner which has been left out to the side into the opening of the top flap. You now have a triangular bookmark to put over the corner of the page you're reading.

Here's the second version:
Fold a square piece of paper diagonally.

Fold the bottom left point up to the top.

Fold the bottom right point up to the top.
Unfold the two points, and fold the middle point straight down so it touches the bottom.

Bring the bottom left point up and fold it behind the top layer.

Bring the bottom right point up and fold it behind as well. Now your bookmark is finished.

Here are the two completed bookmarks.

Here it is placed over the page.

Happy folding! Better yet, happy reading! May your place never be lost.


  1. Loving the look of these & although I personally won't create them, I do have a 10 year old daughter with holiday time left. Thanks a fair trade for the Lipograms for your schoolkids

  2. Bless you. I believe the second version is the one I found online not long ago; I'll--ahem--bookmark this post, just in case. We never know when we'll need a last-minute craft...Thank you.

  3. I found it on a craft website, that is...

  4. Love this. :) I am a bit of a bookmark freak (I probably have 150 or so), and I am always looking for more. And I think I have pretty origami paper somewhere...

    Thank you! :)

  5. Thank you! These will be fun. Susan E

  6. Oh, I could probably handle this and I have Origami paper, too!

  7. That's beautiful Bellezza! I must make myself some:) I've realised I only know how to make about 3 different origami shapes...oops.

  8. Thanks for this I ve some origami paper I brought have to root out and try as never used it ,all the best stu

  9. Brava! Your instructions are so good that totally blind folders can make these, too! :-) And, these bookmarks will stay in braille books!!! :-)

  10. Anonymous, so happy it worked for you! And, I hope you're not blind. ;) (That would be such a hardship for me, personally!)

  11. Hi Bellezza, I just wanted to say that I keep coming back to this page every few months to make origami bookmarks! :))

  12. It's a wonderful bookmark, it worked really well. Thanks

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  14. Very cool, I always need a bookmark as I read constantly

  15. I saw this bookmark on several sites, but your instructions were the easist. Quickly made 8 of them for dinner guests, while watching birds at my feeder. Thank you so much