Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found
here at
It is likely that this model may also be found under different titles on
various sites elsewhere on the Internet with some minor variation on
folding methods and sequences.
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 small,
triangular corners.
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.
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
Fold the top and bottom edges of your paper up and down half an inch or
a little more, depending on the size of your paper.
You will not have a fold line to guide you here, but just try your best
to fold straight. Practice will make perfect ...
You will now have a folded band along the top and bottom edges of your
Step 5
Next, also fold in a small band of a similar width as in the previous
step on the left and right side of your model, so that the narrow band
is now present on all four sides of the square.
Step 6
Turn your model over, like turning the page of a book.
You will now have a square with a smooth surface again.
Step 7
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 8
Turn your model over and admire your perfectly folded photo frame.
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