Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource.
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: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 8
Description: This is a flat, square photo or picture frame with 4 fairly
large triangular corners and a square or diamond-shaped center area
where a picture that has been cut to size can be inserted.
Its finished size will depend on the size of the paper you are using.
For instance, a 6 inch square will produce a frame that is around 3
inches, or an 8 inch square makes around a 4 inch frame.
                    Photos or pictures will have to be cut into true squares to fit into
this folded frame.
This is a fairly easy model that can be used in scrap books, on cards
or, for display and decorating around the house.
Using origami or other colored paper will form an attractive pattern,
making this photo frame even more eye-catching ...
Hang a framed photo on your Christmas tree or attach a magnet to display
on your fridge.
If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or
colored side down before starting to fold.
NOTE: This model starts from the blintz base. If you are able to achieve
this without instructions, fold the blintz base once, turn the model
over and repeat the blintz fold a second time; then go to Step 8.
Step 1
Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with its
edges to the left and right, top and bottom.
Step 2
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Use the crease lines on your paper to fold all four corners in to meet
at the center of the square.
NOTE: This step May require some practice, because the folds should be
straight and equal to each other. Try out different ways of folding
until you find what works for you.
The best way I have found is to fold the top left and right points
inwards to form two top triangles. Turn the model 180 degrees and repeat
this last step.
Make sure that, as far as possible, all outside corners are folded
neatly at a 90 degree angle and that the crease lines all lie straight
and meet precisely in the center of the square.
It is fine to have very small "gap lines" between your triangles, but
keep them straight and as small as possible.
Step 5
Turn your square over, like turning the page of a book.
Position your paper once again as for Step 1 and then repeat Steps 2 and
3 with your folded square.
Step 6
Fold all 4 corners into the center again, similar to what you did in
Step 4, to form another smaller square.
Crease very well and leave folded.
You will be working with more layers of paper, so press down hard enough
with your fingers to make strong creases.
Step 7
Flip the paper over once again.
 Your square will now comprise four smaller squares with their loose
flaps coming together at the center of the large square.
Step 8
Fold the loose points of all four  squares back and outwards as far as
they will go and press flat.
You will end up with a pretty square picture frame with four fairly
large corners and a square or diamond-shaped opening at the center of
the frame where a photo can be inserted.
You might need help to cut your photo to the right size, after which you
will be able to slide your photo under the two top corners and then tuck
the photo into the bottom corners of the frame.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2014