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: Square, any size; use construction or copy paper for small trays or gift wrap, newspaper or scrapbook paper for larger trays; lightweight cardstock also works very well for this model.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 10

Description: This is a fairly shallow, square decorative tray with straight sides. Two are plain while the other two sides seem to have triangles draped over them with their points extending to the outside of the tray.

The inside  of the tray has two fairly large triangles coming together at the center, hence the chosen name for this tray as the Touching Triangles Tray. All 4 corners also feature small decorative triangular points.

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


This tray is fairly easy and quick to fold.

It can be matched with the theme of any occasion or party and used in place of paper plates, making clean-up a breeze.

NOTE:  This model starts from the blintz base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the blintz base once, 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

Next, fold one of the new corners about one-quarter of the way into the center.

Step 6

Repeat with the three remaining corners, taking care to fold them all in the same way.

You should have equal gaps between the triangles. Looking at the outer edge of the model you will have four longer sides and four short slanted corners where the triangles have been folded over.

Step 7

Moving in a clockwise direction, valley fold over a thin strip along each longer edge of the square.

Crease well since you will be working with many layers now.

These last folds will now cover the already folded small triangular corners.

You will end up with a square resembling a picture frame.

Step 8

Moving in the same direction around the square, bring the folded strips in an upright position again on all 4 sides, forming the edges of the tray. 

Step 9

Now also lift the four small corners up and pull them as far as they will go to the outside of the model, while keeping the edges upright.

Pinch each corner gently into shape if necessary.

The corners will poke out beyond the edges of the tray to form decorative triangular points.

Step 10

Lastly, focusing on the center of your model, There will still be 4 single-layered triangles laying flat.

Take 2 opposite triangles and fold them back, away from the center, so they reach over the edges of the square. Press the points flat against the outside of the tray.

Let the other 2 triangles remain at the bottom of the tray. This will add to the colorful, decorative look of the model.

Secure with a dab of glue if preferred.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

~`~Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2022

Revised, February 2023