Origami Dog Bookmark
Origami is great for kids as it's not only a fun creative activity, but it also helps improve their visuospatial abilities. Furthermore, this simple origami dog bookmark might help encourage your kids to read more too! It’s the perfect craft for any dog lover or bookworm. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get cracking and learn how to make this simple DIY!
What you’ll need:
- 15x15cm squared paper
- Paints/pens/pencils to decorate
Step 1 - Fold paper in half diagonally.
Step 2 - Open up and fold in half along the other diagonal. So when you unfold everything you will see four triangles.
Step 3 - Now fold two opposite corners into the centre, then turn everything over.
Step 4 - Fold one of the new edges back to the centre line. Let the paper underneath flip out from the underside. Then repeat on the other side.
Step 5 - Now fold in half horizontally.
Step 6 - Fold the bottom tip of the top flap back to meet the top centre.
Step 7 - Draw the raw edges of the bottom that you folded up and have them meet the raw edges underneath (creating “rabbit ears” with the middle flap). Repeat this on both sides and then open the folds.
Step 8 - Symmetrically squash the centre flap (to create a square shape for the nose).
Step 9 - Just below the ears, fold backwards horizontally (i.e. “mountain fold”).
Step 10 - Then pinch the fold you just made and fold it back up (i.e. “valley fold”) roughly a few millimeters above it.
Step 11 - Fold down the area below where the eyes will be at an angle. How close to the center is a personal preference. (This step is also optional, as usually this fold would represent the dog’s eyes).
Step 12 - Fold the ears down.
Step 13 - Fold the top of the nose back (i.e. “mountain fold”).
Step 14 - Also fold the bottom of the nose under.
Step 15 - Lastly, fold the bottom point up into the centre (underneath the dog’s face). This step is optional depending on how long you’d like your bookmark to be.
Now grab your art supplies and get inspired by your furry friends, because it’s time to decorate! We used water colour paints for ours, but feel free to use pencils, pens, or whatever is most handy to you. Also if you want to get extra fancy why not glue on some googly eyes or a ribbon for a collar?
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