How to Make an Origami Awareness Ribbon

Show your support for your favourite cause.

Wearing an awareness ribbon has become a popular way for people of all ages to show their support for various causes. Awareness ribbons mean different things depending upon the color of the ribbon.

For example, yellow ribbons indicate support for members of the military serving overseas. Other popular ribbon colors include:

  • Pink ribbons support breast cancer awareness.
  • Green ribbons show support for mental health awareness.
  • Orange ribbons show support for cultural diversity and racial tolerance.
  • Teal...MORE ribbons show support for victims of sexual assault.
  • Purple ribbons show support for victims of domestic violence.
  • Ribbons with a puzzle print support autism research and awareness.

About Web Clip Art has an interesting article discussing the history of the awareness ribbon.

 

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    How to Make an Origami Awareness Ribbon

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
    Dana Hinders

    Origami awareness ribbons are an excellent paper folding project for beginning crafters. This ribbon is easy enough for a child to make with minimal adult assistance.

    To make your origami awareness ribbon, you will need to cut origami paper or colored construction paper to measure 2.61 inches (6.63 centimeters) by 6.14 inches (15.60 centimeters). This is the size of a dollar bill.

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    Fold in Half

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
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    If you're using origami paper that is only colored on one side, start with the white side of your paper face up. Fold your paper in half and then unfold it again.

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    Fold the Edges

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
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    Fold the top and bottom edges in to meet the middle crease as indicated in the picture to the left.

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    Make Small Triangles

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
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    Fold each of the four corners upward to make small triangles as indicated in the picture to the left.

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    Create a Trapezoid

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
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    Fold the paper strip in half to create a trapezoid shape. 

    Tip: Make sure all your folds are as neat as possible, this will make your result a lot neater!

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    Fold the Left Side of Your Origami Awareness Ribbon

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
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    Fold the left side of the strip down behind the rest of the paper. Aim for an approximately 40 degree angle.

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    Fold the Right Side of Your Origami Awareness Ribbon

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
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    Fold the right side in front of the rest of the paper strip to form the awareness ribbon shape. You may need to go back and adjust the first diagonal fold you made to get a better shape.

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    Finish Your Origami Awareness Ribbon

    Origami Awareness Ribbon
    © Dana Hinders

    Tuck the right tail of the ribbon behind the left ribbon tail to keep the design in place. If desired, add a self adhesive pin back to the ribbon so you can wear it or add a strip of magnetic tape to the back so you can hang it on your refrigerator.

    If you wish, this origami awareness ribbon can also be folded from paper currency. Money origami awareness ribbons are a creative way to give a donation to an organization that is close to your heart.

    A longer version of this origami ribbon, which has...MORE longer tails can be found here