Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

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

It was derived from "Picture Frame 3" (MDL0033 - Accessible Origami - Volume 2), also folded from rectangular paper.

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, construction, copy or printer paper will work well for this model.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 17

Description: This is a flat photo or picture frame that can display one or two standard-sized photos in portrait or landscape orientation.

One side of the frame has 4 small, triangle-like pockets while the other side has bands on two sides.

Display one or two photos on either or both sides of your photo 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 construction or copy paper, 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cms) photos should fit in this frame without them 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.

Note: You will need a photo of 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cms) or a piece of paper cut to this size to help you with measuring when folding this model.

The advantage of using a paper template is that you can fold the frame from start to finish and then ask for help with orienting and placing your photos afterwards.

Also, unlike a real photo, the template will not show finger marks and can be placed, touched and moved freely.

If you have no template and only the photo itself, place it face down when folding the frame if possible. Once your frame is folded, turn the photo face up.

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 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.


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.


Step 6

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

Step 7

Fold both the left and right edges inwards to meet at the center vertical crease line you have just folded.

Crease well and unfold.

Your rectangular sheet of paper, which should be fully unfolded, will now display 5 horizontal and 3 vertical valley creases.

Step 8

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

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 9

Repeat the previous folds with the two bottom corners.

With the 4 corners folded inwards, you will now have an eight-sided shape.

Step 10 

Keeping the 4 corners folded, refold the top and bottom bands you created in Steps 4 and 5 and recrease them well.

Step 11

Flip the paper over, like turning the page of a book to reveal a smooth surface again.

Keep your paper positioned with the long edges at the top and bottom for the next steps.

You will be using your photo or template from here on. The two terms are used interchangeably.

Step 12

Turn your photo or template so it is in portrait orientation and place it down on your folded paper.

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.

Step 13

Keeping your photo or template in place, fold over the left edge of your paper to cover your photo.

Crease lightly along the left edge.

Step 14

Repeat this step by folding over the right edge of the paper so it covers the previous fold.

Crease lightly along the right edge.

Your photo will now be enclosed and covered with two layers of paper.

Step 15

Notice that 4 small, triangle-like corners have been created by your last folds.

All 4 corners should be the same size. If they are not, it is likely that you have not placed your photo at the vertical center of the model or you have not folded an equal amount of paper from the left and right edges of your model.

You can lift the sides and adjust your model by folding in the left and right edges more or less until you feel that the 4 corners are the same size and your photo frame can accomodate your photo at its center.

Step 16

Pull out your photo from between the layers of paper and slide it into the 4 small corners.

make sure that you are happy with the corners and that you have narrow, straight edges of paper showing on the left and right sides of the photo before making a strong crease on both sides.

This will complete the first side of your photo frame.

Step 17

Turn the frame over to reveal a blank area with bands at the top and bottom. Slide your template under the top band first and then under the bottom band. It should fit perfectly.

Add one or two photos to complete your double-sided origami photo frame.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, September 2015

Revised, January 2023