While it’s kind of obvious I have a certain obsession for knitting and things made from wool, not many of you likely know that I also have a deep love and appreciation for Japanese art and textiles.
For me the easiest – and least expensive – way of indulging in this love is combining beautiful Japanese papers with the art of origami. Lately I’ve been going a little nuts making these origami heart bookmarkers so I thought I’d spread the love and show you how you can make your own.
To make these bookmarkers, you will need:
- a square sheet of paper any kind of paper will do (I like to use chiyogami paper but it can be a little fussy to work with if you are new to making origami)
- a metal ruler and cutting blade or simply a pair of scissors
- a cutting board (not shown) if you are using a cutting blade
- glue (optional)
- a cup of tea (optional but highly recommended)
Fold your square sheet of paper in half and cut along the crease. If you are using patterned paper, you may like to keep the direction of the pattern in mind.
Put aside one half of the paper as you will only need one half to make your bookmarker.
If you are using patterned paper, flip your piece of paper over so that the printed side is facing down. Fold your paper in half from the bottom up. Press the crease firmly.
Fold the paper in half again, from left to right. Press the crease firmly and unfold. There will now be a crease line in the centre of the long rectangle.
Take the bottom right hand corner and bring it up, carefully aligning the bottom edge along the centre crease line. To get a nice crisp fold, I like to use the handle of the cutting blade and press it firmly along the fold.
Repeat for the other side.
Flip your partially made heart over so that you can see a little triangular shaped “pocket” facing towards you.
Take one side of the top section and fold it down one third of the way down and press the crease firmly. Repeat for other side.
Take one corner (there are four) and fold it down, aligning the two edges. Repeat for all four corners.
The paper is getting much thicker now, so you may find it hard to press the fold and get the paper to lie relatively flat. While origami purists may prefer to leave the folds just like this, I find these corners like to “pop up”, making it a little bulky and awkward to slip in a book so I like to put a spot of glue in each corner to keep them down.
This it what your finished heart will look like on the reverse side.
And here it is on the “right”, or facing side.
Now, whenever your reading time is over and you don’t want to lose your place in your book, you can put your heart to use by slipping several pages into the little backside “pocket”. So much kinder than dog-earring the page, don’t you agree?
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Have fun making lots of love, your books will thank you for it! XO