Text-Only Instructions -

Credits and Resources:

This is a traditional model.

It is named for one of the most-used starting sequences in origami, known as the blintz base, where all 4 corners of a square are folded inwards to meet at its center.

Paper to be used: Square; any kind of paper will work, but note squares work very well for this model to create a small, delicate bookmark.

For larger bookmarks, experiment with different sizes and types of paper.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 8

Description: This model is a simple, triangular bookmark that forms a pocket that can be slipped over the top corner of a page. Because it looks similar on both sides, it is reversible.


Bookmarks are great fun to make and decorate for adults and kids alike.

It is not only a no-mess craft, but it is also extremely useful to make for oneself or as gifts for family and friends.

It is a wonderful group or party activity or an easy craft for a rainy afternoon.

Fold as many bookmarks as you like and use them wherever and whenever needed.

Give as a gift with money, a little note or sweet tucked inside.

This bookmark does not slip off pages easily and can also be used by visually impaired people to help orientate print pages by placing them, for instance, at the left,

top corner of a page.

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, then go to Step 5.


You can also learn about the Blintz and other origami bases at the following link:
Most-Used Origami Folds and Bases
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
Make the blintz fold by using the method you prefer to fold all four corners in to meet at the center of the square.
When pressed flat, you should end up with a smaller square-shaped model divided into 4 triangles.
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.
Step 5

Position the square so its points are facing up and down, left and right, or in a diamond shape.

Unfold the two bottom triangles and press flat.

You will now have the shape of a house.

Step 6

Fold the house shape in half by folding the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and leave folded.

Step 7

Now, fold the model in half again by folding the top triangle or the roof of the house down to meet the bottom edge.

You will end up with a square that is divided into a thick triangular pocket at the top and a thin, two-layered triangular flap at the bottom.

Step 8

Lastly, fold both layers of the bottom triangle up and tuck them into the pocket just above them.

Push both flaps in as far as they will go and make a strong crease to secure your last fold.

Slip the bookmark over the top left or right of your page.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2015

Revised, January 2023