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: Rectangular, legal, copy or printer paper will work well for this model.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 12

Description: This is a photo or picture frame that can display a single, standard-sized photo in portrait or landscape orientation.

The outside border of the frame seem to resemble curtains that have been tied back on both sides, or a steepled roof of a house or church, while the inside border has the appearance of a triangular shape. 

The model can also be placed in an upright position to serve as a photo stand as well as a frame.


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.

If folded from legal, printer or copy paper, a 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cm) 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.

Using origami or other colored paper will form an attractive pattern, making this photo frame even more eye-catching.

This model may also be a good choice for displaying a wedding photo because of the steepled, flared design.

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 and the long edges facing top and bottom, or in the landscape orientation.

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 top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold both the top and bottom edges up and down to meet at the horizontal crease line you have just folded.

Crease well and unfold.

Step 4

Fold the entire top edge of the model downwards to meet the first horizontal crease line you come to to form a narrow band at the top of the paper.

Leave folded.

Step 5

Fold the entire bottom edge of the paper upwards in the same way, forming another narrow band at the bottom of the model.

Leave folded.

Step 6

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 7

Next, fold the two top corners of the model downwards toward the center, aligning the edges with the center vertical crease line of the model.

Crease well and leave folded.

You will now have a triangular shape with a folded up band at the bottom and two flaps that meet on the vertical crease line.

Step 8

Turn your photo so it is in the preferred portrait or landscape orientation. Center it into the frame so its bottom edge disappears under the narrow band at the bottom of the model.

Lift the top two triangles slightly and slide the top of the photo under them before folding them down again.

Your photo will be covered fully at this point.

Step 9

Now, fold the flaps that are lying along the vertical center of the model back so they are flush with the left and right edges of the slanting sides of the triangle shape. Put in another way, the folds will resemble pulling or folding back a curtain in order to tie it back on the sides of a window.

By folding back both sides, you will have exposed the center part of the model revealing the triangular opening where your photo has been placed.

Feel free to experiment with the folding out of these triangular flaps on the front of the model. For instance, instead of opening both flaps to align with the left and right edges, simply fold only the points to reach each edge. This will have the effect of the frame being closed at the top with a narrower area for your photo, making it suitable for a picture in portrait orientation.

Opening the triangular area by folding out the flaps as far as they will go will allow for a larger area and a picture in landscape orientation to fit into the frame.

Step 10

Check that your photo is positioned at the vertical center of the model. There should be an equal amount of paper on the left and right of the photo.

Keeping the photo in place, turn over your paper, like turning the page of a book.

Step 11

Fold both  sides of your model inwards. How much you will allow for this fold will depend on if your photo is in landscape or portrait orientation.

Try to make the folds even on both sides and crease lightly.

Turn the model back over again and make sure that you have a straight edge of paper showing on the left and right sides of the photo before making a strong crease on both sides.

This will complete the last two sides of your photo frame and will also form the  stand of the frame.

Step 12

Place the frame in an upright position, adjusting the flaps at the back of the model to create a stand for your photo frame.

If needed, you could make adjustments by folding the flaps at the back slightly upwards when you fold them inwards. This will cause the frame to tilt slightly backwards.

 If you would like to give some stability to your frame, consider gluing some thin cardboard or construction paper to the inside of the back flaps of the model.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2015

Revised: May 2019