Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Two and an Origami Bookmark

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.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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9 Responses to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Two and an Origami Bookmark

  1. gycouture says:

    Hello Cathryn, I share your calendar on my blog just now. thank you!!! 🙂

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  2. This is excellent, in most part because I’m going to make some of these bookmarks as gifts, and in not-too-small part because I have been searching for the name of that combiniation of folds–two diagonal mountains and one horizontal (or vertical in my case) valley fold. A waterbomb base! (I’m a bit of a newbie to folding.) Thank you!

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  3. Pelham Meeting (Quakers in Niagara) says:

    Hello, first if all, I’d like to tell you that I only recently discovered your wonderful site, through the Book Arts list, and have spent many lovely hours exploring your treasures. So, thank you.
    Secondly, though, try as I might to make the Day Two origami bookmark, I get stuck at this step, “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.
    Might you have any advice? Thank you.

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    • Byopia Press says:

      Is it the squash fold you are having trouble with? After step 5 (image 5) you have two triangular sections on the surface. Each one has an opening parallel to the centre line of the unit. You need to lift one of those sections so that the open edge is vertical and facing you and the folded edge is away from you. Spread the opening and push down on the point at the top of the opening at the same time. You want to squash the triangle into a square with the former point at the top of the opening ending up at the middle of the bottom edge of the unit.
      I have been looking for a video that includes this step, and will post a reply with a link if I find one.
      Let me know if that helped!

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      • Byopia Press says:

        Forgot to say thanks for the kind words last time! They are much appreciated.
        ; ]
        I have found a video of the squash fold. You will need to ignore the first part as she is working on a different base than you are, but the opening and squashing process starts at about 0:41.

        Good luck!

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  4. June-Etta Chenard says:

    Thank you so much for your kind response; I have it now! ❤

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