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Triangular Origami Bookmark

This tiny origami bookmark is really easy to make and doesn’t fall off the page when you open your book! Only the corner of the page is obscured by the bookmark, so you can keep the bookmark in place while you read. These would be great to mark several pages of a reference book – it’s a nice (and attractive) alternative to sticky note markers!

origami triangular bookmark tutorial by planetjune

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You will need one square of origami paper per bookmark. I use 2″ squares and 3″ squares for my bookmarks; both work well and are easy to fold.

Note: As with all origami, this works best if you strongly crease each fold, so the bookmark will lie as flat as possible. You can do this with a bone folder, or just by running your thumbnail along the crease of each fold before moving on to the next step.

  1. Start with a square of origami paper (below, left).
  2. Fold it in half on the diagonal, with the coloured side facing out (below, right).

origami bookmark tutorial

  1. Fold the left corner up to meet the top point (below, left).
  2. Fold the right corner up to meet the top point and form a square (below, right).

origami bookmark tutorial

  1. Open out both corners again and fold the front layer of the top point down to the middle of the bottom edge (below, left).
  2. Open the front half back down and fold the remaining top point down to the middle (below, right).

origami bookmark tutorial

  1. Fold the front half back up again (below, left).
  2. Fold the bottom left and right corners back up again (below, right).

origami bookmark tutorial

  1. Squeeze the sides gently so a pocket opens (below, left).
  2. Tuck the left point down inside the pocket (below, right).

origami bookmark tutorial

  1. Tuck the right point down inside the pocket (below, left).
  2. Your bookmark is complete (below, right)!

origami bookmark tutorial

Slip the triangle over the corner of a page in your book to mark your page πŸ™‚

origami triangular bookmark tutorial by planetjune

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please leave me a comment if you did, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!

And I’d love to see a photo of your bookmarks in the PlanetJune Tutorials flickr group πŸ™‚


  1. kira said

    thanks so much for posting this ! it was a little confusing at first but after i got it it was easy.

  2. Hello said

    Hello, My name is Kay and i was goin’ to say thank you very very much for makin’ this πŸ™‚

  3. Lesa said

    Love this, thank you for sharing

  4. anton said

    i love how easy it is to make and useful

    • anton said

      and it also looks good

  5. penelopeann said

    Hello. I had a go but got stuck when I got to the bits involving tucking in. I only got squares not triangles. I’m obviously doing it wrong – as usual.

    • June said

      Don’t give up! If you follow each step carefully and check the photo to make sure your matches mine before you continue to the next step, I’m sure you can do it. Sometimes it takes a few attempts to master a new skill, and that’s just part of the learning process πŸ™‚

  6. Faizan Munir Khan said

    Can i do this with regular printer paper? as other kinds are not available to me.

    • June said

      Yes! Thinner paper makes a less bulky bookmark, and coloured paper obviously looks more attractive, but you can try this technique with a square of any paper you have access to πŸ™‚

  7. Scott said

    These are the best bookmarks, especially if you tote your books around a lot, since they will not fall off the page. They last quite a while too. Thanks for the tutorial!

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