How to Make Origami Doll Bookmarks

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Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Cardstock sheet
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick
  • Colored markers

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.

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.


  • “Quick & Easy Origami”; Toshie Takahama; 2000
  • “Easy Origami: Step-By-Step Projects That Teach Across the Cirriculum”; Gay Merril Gross; 1996

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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