Text-Only Instructions -

Credits and Resources:

This model has been folded by me without any external reference or resource.

It was derived from the "Corner Bookmark" (MDL0001 - Accessible Origami - Volume 1).

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: 7

Description: This model is a square bookmark with a triangular pocket that can be slipped over the top corner of a page.

It has a smooth surface on the back and two small squares forming a decorative detail on the front. If held like a diamond shape, with the closed point facing away from you, the bookmark will be a square with two smaller square shapes folded on top of it, with their inside points touching at the center of the model.


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.

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape.

Step 2

Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded.

You should now have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the two points facing away from you.

Step 3

Fold the top point of the triangle (top layer only) down again, to meet the center of the bottom edge of the model. Crease and leave folded.

Step 4

Now fold both the left and right points of your model upwards and inwards to meet the top point of the triangle.

Crease well on both sides and leave folded.

You will have a diamond made up of two triangles that are divided by a vertical line running from top to bottom along the center of the model.

Step 5

Fold the two triangles in half by folding their top points straight down to meet the bottom point of the model.

Crease well and leave folded.

Your diamond will have a large triangle at the top and two smaller triangles next to each other at the bottom.

Step 6

Now, prepare to make a squash fold by folding the two bottom triangles in half once more, folding the points from the bottom upwards and outwards to meet the left and right points of the diamond shape.

Crease well and keep folded.

You will have even smaller triangles next to each other at the center of the model.

Step 7

Notice that the two small triangles at the bottom of your diamond shape have formed two pockets on the left and right sides. 

To complete the squash fold, open each triangle gently  by inserting a finger into the pocket and pressing it open and away from you until it collapses along already folded creases into a square or diamond shape on both sides of the larger diamond shaped model.

Slip the bookmark over the top left or right of your page with the square, smooth side at the back of the page and the decorative side with the two square shapes that form the front of the model, facing you.

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