Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource. It is likely to be a traditional model, though.

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; thicker paper or thin cardstock is recommended for this bowl.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 16

Description:  This is a  model that is folded from the Preliminary or Square Base, but it ends up as a beautiful, fairly shallow, 4-pointed or star-shaped bowl.

Apart from the star shape, this bowl is also attractive because, depending on which variation you choose and how the triangular points are folded, the finished model will display an interesting pattern if two-sided paper is used.

Both variations are folded in a similar way, up to Step 14, after which you can choose Variation 1 or 2.

It is recommended to first make Variation 1 since it may be easier to shape in the final steps. Variation 2 can then be folded since it is actually just a turning over and recreasing of Variation 1.

Variation 1

This variation will show only 1 color, or if the small triangles are left pointing up on each side, they will be of a different color.

Variation 2

If starting with the colored side down, the rim and outside of the bowl will be colored or patterned, while the inside will form a plain or white square, with smaller white or plain triangles forming along each side of the bowl.


Using origami or other colored paper matching the occasion will form an attractive pattern, making this bowl even more eye-catching.

It is perfect to use for all occasions and it is fairly easy to fold.

Even though there are many steps, they are all fairly easy to complete and to memorize.

NOTE:  This model starts from the preliminary or square base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.

"Step 1 

Place a square with the color side down so that it forms a diamond shape.

Step 2

Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.

Step 3 

Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.

Step 4 

Turn the square over and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.

Step 5 

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

Step 6 

Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.

Step 7

Grasp the left and right points of the resulting rectangle and pick it up off of the folding  surface. Push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds.

The result will be a square or diamond-shaped model, with four flaps one each to the left and right, front and back.

Step 8 

Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat. The model will have one open end, which should be facing away from you."

Step 9

Fold the top point, top layer only, down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.

Step 10

Flip the flap on the right over to the left, turning it like the page in a book and repeat the previous step.

Step 11

Flip the model over from left to right and repeat Steps 9 and 10 on this side.

Result: You should have a multi-layered upside-down triangle with its point facing you.

Step 12

Fold the bottom point, all the layers, up to meet the center of the top edge of the model.

Make a strong crease and unfold.

Step 13

Flip the flap on the right over to the left, turning it like the page in a book and repeat the previous step.

Step 14

Flip the model over from left to right and repeat Steps 12 and 13 on this side.

Result: The model will now have a strong horizontal crease line dividing it in half. The closed point of the model will be at the bottom.

Variation 1

First read all the steps that follow, so that you will know all the choices you have for this variation.

Keep in mind that you will first open the model just a little but only start to shape it in Step 21.

Step 15

 Start to open the model just a little, by grabbing 2  opposite flaps and pulling them apart, just enough so you can poke a finger inside.

At the same time, press up  the bottom center point from underneath the square.

Try to keep the points closed while forming the sides of the square so they start to become upright.


You will recognize the sides since they have a double layer and a triangular single-layered point on their outside.

The center square that should be made flat has a single layer with 8 crease lines running from the center point of the square.

The 4 diagonal lines will point to each of the 4 corners while the horizontal and vertical lines will run from the center to the halfway mark on each of the sides of the bowl.

Step 16

You now have a few options for folding and shaping the model.

16.1 The corners may be pressed open so they will be flatter and wider, or if you pinch them between thumb and forefinger, they will tend to be long and narrow points that seem to lift off the folding surface a little.

16.2 The sides are made up of 2 layers. They may be folded more upright or may be left slanted. They may be pulled straight or you could pinch the center of each side to reinforce the fold that marks the halfway point between the corners.

16.3 The triangles that are present on the outside on each side of the bowl can be left pointing up and be kept folded against the outside of the model's sides.

Alternatively, the triangles can be folded, using a mountain fold, so they will fold in underneath the bottom of the bowl.

If left pointing up, the triangles will provide contrast on each side of the bowl, while, if they are folded underneath the model, the bowl will be one color only.

Variation 2

Complete Variation 1 and then flip the square over and reverse the side and corner creases.

Like for Variation 1, you can either leave the single-layered triangles on each edge of the bowl so they point outwards to form a pleasing color contrast, or fold them to the center of the bowl in which case only one color will show on the inside of the bowl.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, January 2023

Revised, August 2023, with thankful acknowledgement to members of the

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