Origami, which has roots in early Japanese culture, ranges from simple designs to intricate works of art. Whether you have an avid young reader, hope to become an origami master or just want something cute for your books, this origami bookmark can be made in just six easy steps!

Ready to get folding? You don’t need much to make these cute bookmarks –– that’s the great thing about origami! It may be helpful to use tape or glue during folding to ensure the creases hold. You’ll also want tape for our adorable templates and add-ons!

Materials Needed

  • Printed bookmark template
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Tape or glue

How to Fold a Basic Origami Bookmark

You can use a square piece of paper or one of our themed templates. Follow the instructions below to create your very own origami bookmark!

1. Cut out template and add-ons

Choose your favorite template below, then print and cut it out. Start by placing the paper with the corner facing you and the design facing down. The solid colored triangle should be closest to the bottom corner.

2. Fold the bottom corner up to the center point of the square

Place your square on a table, one point facing towards you so it looks like a diamond. Bring the bottom point up to meet the top point. Crease in the middle to create a small triangle.

3. Fold upward again at the center, creating a second triangle

With the top of your triangle pointing up, bring the left point up to meet the top. Crease along the fold. Repeat on the right side to create a smaller diamond.

4. Bring the bottom two points up to meet the top

Flip your diamond over. Taking only the top layer of paper, bring the bottom point of the diamond up to meet the top. Crease, then unfold.

5. Fold the points into the pocket

Taking the same point, tuck it into the pocket created and crease at the edges. Use tape or glue to strengthen any loose edges on the back of your bookmark.

6. Glue or tape on decorative pieces

Attach the decorative pieces as shown in our previews. Have fun reading!

8 Adorable Origami Bookmark Templates

Now that you’re a pro at origami folding, try creating a bookmark using one of these fun designs! From your favorite furry friends to daring superheroes, these templates will get you excited to read and help protect your books from wear and tear.

Animal Bookmarks

Spot and Whiskers are ‘purr-fect’ companions for animal-loving readers of all ages!

Cute Bookmarks

These kawaii –– Japanese for “cute” –– designs will keep you stylish with every page turn.

Cool Bookmarks

These superheroes protect your book corners while Rex helps you be a dino-mite reading whiz!

Easter Bookmarks

With Easter just around the corner, these festive templates make for ‘egg-cellent’ bookmarks!

One of these origami bookmarks paired with a personalized book makes the perfect gift for any book lover in your life!

Whether you have a little one who always has a book in hand or you’re a self-proclaimed bibliophile, a simple-to-make origami bookmark is a great way to protect your next read.