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How to Make These Cute Origami Corner Bookmarks.
Papercraft project inspirations are sometimes found in the strangest places.
I was visiting my 93-year-old mother the other day when the Meals on Wheels ladies made their daily delivery. Since it was Christmas time, the women were adding little extra special touches to their meal deliveries. They had made corner paper bookmarks and were giving them to all of the elderly people on their delivery route.
What is Old is New Again
I hadn’t seen these origami bookmarks since I was in grammar school. We... made them out of lined notebook paper, and they were strictly utilitarian. The bookmarks given to my mother looked nothing like my childhood origami corner bookmarks. No plain notebook paper here! These were beautiful!
Beautiful Paper Makes a Difference
These bookmarks were made out of fine paper. They were shiny and colorful! The business of Scrapbooking and scrapbook paper didn’t exist when I was young. Paper choices were limited. All of our paper art projects were made from construction paper, crepe paper or tissue paper. If you wanted something fancier, you would have to go the artist's supply store, and even then your choices were limited and expensive.
One can never have too many books or bookmarks for that matter.
These bookmarks are the perfect small, inexpensive presents for the book lovers in your life. Many book lovers feel it is a sin to crease the page corners so that a handmade bookmark will be an appreciated gift.
I love to read books and have ever since I was a child. Although I read E-Books, ( I have an I pad and a Kindle), nothing beats sitting in your most comfortable chair with a favorite printed book. Cute bookmarks help keep your books in excellent condition.
So make some bookmarks for yourself and your book-loving friends. They will truly appreciate your handmade gift.
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Cut a Seven Inch Square from Paper
- A sheet of scrapbook paper
- bone folder (optional)
- An embellishment of your choice
1. Cut a seven inch square from the scrapbook paper of your choice. Place the square printed side down.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Fold the Square Over
Place the square printed side down and fold in half as in the picture above.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Fold the Paper Again
Open the paper square, printed side down. Fold the left corner inwards at the center fold, and then fold the right corner at the centerfold.Use the above photo as a guide. Make sure you have crisp creases. A bone folder will help make the folds crisp.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Make Sure the Printed Side of the Paper is Visible
. Fold the square in half again. The printed side should be on both sides of the bookmark.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Fold the Project Again in the Middle
Determine the middle point of the folded long edge. Take the right end and fold it downwards at the middle point.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Fold the Paper Downward
Fold the left end downwards at the middle point. Your origami project should now look like the photo above.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Tuck and Crease the Bookmark
Pick up the origami project and open up on the bottom. Tuck the right end into the opening and crease.sharply.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Tuck and Crease the Left Side
. Tuck the left end into the bottom opening and crease sharply.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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You Bookmark is Now Finished
Your book mark should look like the picture. If it doesn't don't despair! It took me a couple of tries to get it right! Once you get the hang of it you can make this in under a minute.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Decorate with a Pretty Paper Flower
If you want to jazz up your bookmark you can glue on an embellishment of your choice. I think the white paper flower make the bookmark extra special.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Package the Bookmarks
I am planning to give my bookmarks as gifts. The right kind of packaging makes the marker look that much more unique. Just put them in a clear plastic gift bag, staple at the top. Add a printed bag topper with your particular sentiment.The bookmarks look like they came from a boutique gift store!
Get ready for the compliments coming your way after you give the bookmarks to your friends! Your friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness and crafty skills.