How to Make Origami Doll Bookmarks

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The art of origami has been practiced in Asia for centuries. With uncomplicated folds, paper is transformed into animals and object. These origami doll bookmarks are a good way to introduce origami to a child over the age of six. Making the bookmarks could be a good rainy day craft and the finished bookmarks will make thoughtful handmade gifts to family members and friends. A bone folder, found at craft stores, keeps origami folds sharp and even.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Cardstock sheet
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick
  • Colored markers
  • Cut a piece of construction paper into a 6-inch square. Fold the square in half diagonally, pressing the fold with the bone folder. Unfold the square.

  • Fold each of the top two edges of the paper to the center fold line. Press the folds in place.

  • Fold the triangle at the bottom of the paper up and press in place.

  • Fold the bottom half of the paper up and press in place. Flip the paper over.

  • Fold the extending triangular flaps to the center, pressing and gluing in place with the glue stick.

  • Draw eyes, a nose and a mouth on the top of the doll with the colored markers. Draw hair around the face. Draw hands on the folded flaps.

  • Cut the cardstock into a rectangle that measures 6 inches by 3 inches. Glue the origami doll to the cardstock with the glue stick to complete the origami doll bookmark.

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References

  • "Quick & Easy Origami"; Toshie Takahama; 2000
  • "Easy Origami: Step-By-Step Projects That Teach Across the Cirriculum"; Gay Merril Gross; 1996
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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