A book makes an excellent gift. If it is purchased rather than one you have created yourself, you can personalize it with an origami bookmark. The one below is made from wrapping paper and is suitably festive for the season.
You will need a square piece of paper. An origami paper with different coloured sides would be perfect, but anything thin and crisp will do. (Too much bulk from the multiple layers could distort the book pages.) A square paper measuring 7.5 cm/3 in on a side is a good size for this design.
Mountain fold your square diagonally in both directions.
Valley fold the paper horizontally, then fold it closed by pushing in from the sides while bringing the top and bottom edges together.
You should have a “waterbomb base”.
Fold the outer points of the upper section so that the tips meet over the point at the top.
Lift the tips back up about half way. Open the pocket and fold the tip down to the centre. (This is known as a “squash fold”.)
Do the same to the pocket at the other side. You will have two square sections in the middle of the base of the triangle. Fold the open edges of each square in to meet at the central crease line.
The last step is to make four more squash folds, one for each of the sections you just created. Open the pocket and push the tip down. The crease in the upper section should align with the gap in the layer beneath.
If you want to be sure your bookmark will stay together permanently, put a little glue/paste on the underside of the tips indicated by the pink pointy fingers and stick them to the layer below.
You have completed a festive bookmark.
Even if you are not giving a book, this could be something to include in a card to a person who loves to read.