How to make an Origami Bookmark – Crane

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How to make an Origami Bookmark – Crane

Introduction:

Learn how to make an origami bookmark on this tutorial below. For this activity, we will make a crane bookmark out of a dollar bill. What’s great about this bookmark is that the crane looks like it’s sitting on top of a book when the bookmark is pressed on the pages.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 01

Fold along the dashed lines as shown. Crease it well, then unfold. Rotate it so that it looks like the illustration on the next step.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 02

Bring the bottom left corner to the right edge of the dollar bill. Crease it well and then unfold.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 03.1

Form an X crease mark by folding and unfolding along the dashed lines. After that, flip the dollar bill to the other side.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 04.1

Make a fold on the center of the X crease line.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 04.2

Crease it well and then unfold. Flip it over to the next side.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 05.1

Bring the left edge upwards. The crease marks will help form the “waterbomb base” on the dollar bill’s bottom part.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 05.2

The “waterbomb base” should look like this when it’s halfway folded.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 06

Left image: Once you have made the “waterbomb base,” form creases along the dashed lines of the top layer of the triangle.

Right Image:  Once you have made the creases, lift the left flap (left image) and then squash it along the crease lines.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 07

Once you have made the squash fold, make a diagonal fold on that squash sold. Follow along the dashed line and the direction of the arrow.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 08

Lift the bottom right edge of the squash fold and then bring it over to the other side.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 09.1

Repeat the same creases from step 6 to the right side.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 09.2

Once you have made the creases, lift the right flap and then squash it along the crease lines.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 09.3

It should now look like this. Bring the right part of the squash fold to the left side.

Fold diagonally along the dashed line.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 011

Bring the bottom left edge of the squash fold to the right edge.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 012

Fold along the diagonal dashed lines as shown. Make sure to fold only on the squash fold.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 013.1

Make an inside reverse old on the top layer of the dollar bill.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 013.2

Fold the tip downwards in a diagonal fold to make an inside reverse fold.  Lift the tip upwards and then push it downwards between the layers of the left part of the squash fold.  You have now formed the body of the crane!

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 014

Fold the bottom tip halfway (from the “waterbomb base”) to the back side of the dollar bill.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 015

Bring the crane part downwards. As you bring it downwards, the dollar bill’s left and right sides will pull inwards naturally.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Step 016

Almost done! Flip the dollar bill around.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark - Final

Your Dollar Bill Bookmark is done! Try putting  it in between the pages of a book and have the origami crane sit elegantly on top of it.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks! I’m gonna give this to my friend as a good luck gift for her exams

  2. Amazing beautiful out standing

  3. Cute! I’ll attempt it some day when my hands actually listen to me while folding paper 😂

  4. there’s a saying that if you make 1000 cranes, your wish will come true! I hope that it appies to this one as well 😇😇

  5. I’m going to try that.lol

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