Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

Th        is model has been folded by me without any external reference or resource. It was loosely derived from the "Pocket Card" (MDL0021).

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4, legal or copy paper is recommended.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 7

Description: This is a simple, flat, rectangular card with a front flap that has been folded into a distinctive kite shape. It has no pockets - it simply opens like a book.

The finished model will be a quarter fold of the paper you start off with. If you use A4 or copy paper, the folded model will be more or less the size of a standard greeting card.


This card can be used in scrap books or on top of gifts.

Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children's project or a personal touch.

If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side up before starting to fold.

The folded kite-shaped front part of the card will show up as coloured or patterned, while the rest of the outside of the card will be plain or white.

Step 1

Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges at the top and bottom or in portrait orientation.

Step 2

Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge. Crease and leave folded.

Step 3

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and leave folded.

Notice that your card has now been folded into quarters, thus you will have 4 layers of paper:

Step 4

Next, grasp the top right corners of the paper, two top layers only, and fold them downwards and to the left until they meet the left edge of your card.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 5

For the remaining steps, let us label the 4 layers of the card from front to back as a, b, c and d. 

you will work with the two layers you have just folded (layers a and b) only. 

Grasp the point of layer B only and fold it upwards and to the right again but only so its edge lies along the first diagonal fold you encounter.

Crease well and leave folded.

After this step you will have a total of 4 triangles on the front of your card: A large triangle at the top right, then two smaller triangles lying diagonally across the model and a smaller triangle towards the left, bottom of the model. There will also be a rectangular area at the bottom edge of your card.

Step 6

Grasp the folded up layer B and simply flip it over and up, towards the top and the right of your card. 

Press flat.

You will now have two separate diagonal lines running from the top left to the bottom right of your card.

Step 7

Lastly, locate the point of Layer A that is lying along the left edge of your card and fold it under as far as it will go, using a mountain fold, so it lies straight along the diagonal crease that you made in Step 4.

You will end up with a kite shape that is positioned diagonally on the front of your card. If you have used paper with colour on one side, the kite shape will appear in a different colour.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2013