Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource.
It was derived from the "Origami Mini Folder"
(see Credits and Resources for MDL0019) and MDL0032).
I was looking for a model that would be fairly easy to fold for
beginners, starting from rectangular paper and a frame that would
accomodate a 4 x 6 photo, which is mentioned as standard as far as I
could gather.
Steps 1 to 5 for this model are identical to those of the "Origami Mini
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, legal, copy or printer paper is
recommended for this model.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 8
Description: This is a flat, rectangular photo or picture frame with 4
small, triangular corners. It can accomodate a single, standard-sized
photo in portrait or landscape orientation.
If folded from legal, printer or copy paper, a 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cms)
photo should fit in this frame without it having to be cut.
This is a fairly easy model that can be used in scrap books, on cards
or, for display and decorating around the house or office.
Like with many other paper folding models this one can be taught to
children on a rainy afternoon or in a class setting.
It is a quick and easy project that could provide the opportunity for
sharing good times and good memories with children or grandchildren and
could make a treasured gift to a favourite teacher or for a sister,
brother or grandparents.
Using origami or other colored paper will form an attractive pattern,
making this photo frame even more eye-catching.
If you find that your folded frame is too large or too small, increase
or decrease the space you are leaving when folding to the vertical and
horizontal center creases in Steps 6 and 8.
If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or
colored side down before starting to fold.
Step 1
Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with
the short edges at the left and right, or in landscape orientation.
Step 2
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold both the left and right edges in to meet at the vertical crease
line you have just folded.
Crease well and unfold.
Step 4
Fold the two top corners downwards toward the center, aligning the edges
with the first vertical crease line you encounter.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 5
Fold the two bottom corners upwards toward the center, aligning the
edges with the first vertical crease line you encounter.
Crease well and leave folded.
At this stage you will still have a flat piece of paper with 4 corners
folded in. Your model will have two long edges top and bottom, two short
edges left and right and the 4 diagonal sides where the corners have
been folded in.
Step 6
Fold the left edge toward the middle, stopping about a half inch from
the center vertical crease line.
Even though you will not be placing your paper directly on the vertical
center fold, you can still use this line as a guide to help you fold in
the sides of your paper as straight as possible.
Crease well and leave folded.
Repeat with the right edge.
Crease  well and leave folded.
Step 7
Turn your model over, like turning the page of a book.
You will now have a rectangle with a smooth surface again
It should be positioned with the short sides at the top and bottom.
Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge to form a horizontal
center crease line.
Crease and unfold.
Step 8
Lastly, fold the top edge down, stopping about a half inch from the
center horizontal crease line.
Crease well and leave folded.
Repeat with the bottom edge, folding it up and also stopping about a
half inch from the horizontal center crease line.
Crease well and leave folded.
You will end up with a rectangular photo frame with 4 corners. Tuck the
4 corners of your photo under the 4 flaps and display your photo in your
new origami photo frame.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2014
Revised: August 2015