Origami corner bookmarks

When in a creative drought, I do a personal project called ‘Week of…’ where I take a simple craft and spend a week experimenting with said craft. It usually consists of making something new every day. You don’t have to do a drastically different thing every day either, you could improve on something if you can.

Today’s feature will be on origami corner bookmarks. Any avid readers here? An origami corner bookmark is a lovely way to ‘accessorise’ your book, plus they’re fairly easy to make. For most of mine, I made using a 15cm square of paper, and as such they come out pretty large. I then tried a 7.5cm square, and then it came out too small. Perhaps for a good size, you should try in-between at 10-11cm? You will have to cut your own size from a 15cm origami square.

And for the last one, I had a leftover piece of paper of 7.5cm by 15cm. With a length like this, you can make a normal rectangular bookmark with a cute motif on the top, like my heart one. It doesn’t have to be a heart either, there’s a lot of other designs you can use!

So in summary, a square piece of paper creates a corner bookmark. If you prefer a rectangular bookmark, cut your square in half to make two or make the heart!

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Some close ups of the bookmarks following!

Triangular corner bookmark
Plain triangular corner bookmark
Here is a tutorial by Red Tat Art (video).
Small triangular bookmark with kusudama attached by ribbon
Small triangular bookmark with kusudama attached by ribbon (this can be quite heavy on a small book)
This is based on the above tutorial but I just added the attachment with glue
Samurai hat bookmark
Kabuto/Samurai hat corner bookmark
Any kabuto tutorial will do, here is an example by Origami Fun.
Crane corner bookmark
Crane corner bookmark
Here is a tutorial by Howpon – Japanese Crafts (video).
Heart corner bookmark
Heart corner bookmark
Here is a tutorial by Origami Guide.
Another heart coner bookmark
Full heart corner bookmark
There are tutorials for a different kind of bookmark like this one by DIY Candy but the shape will be different (the heart will be upside down). I found that turning the starting fold into the corner rather than the bottom of the heart and folding backwards in a similar way will achieve the above result.
Rectangular bookmark with heart on top
Rectangular bookmark with heart on top
Here is a tutorial by Origami Guide. Some cutting of paper is involved.
Butterfly corner bookmark (my favourite one!)
Butterfly corner bookmark by Grzegorz Bubniak (my favourite one!)
Here is a tutorial by Easy Origami – Yakomoga. This is the most complicated of the bookmarks I’ve featured, but the end result is amazing!

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