The Origami bookmark you can make for free

Origami-Bookmark

I can’t tell you how many times over the past five decades I needed a bookmark when none were around. Bookmarks are designed to reside most comfortably between the pages of a book, which makes them awkward to keep in your pocket, wallet, or purse, which is really where you want them when you suddenly need one.

This results in lots of corners being torn off magazines and newspapers to use in a pinch. But the bookmark you get from tearing off a corner is small and often slides either out of the book or down between the pages. And don’t mention folding the corner of the page over – don’t go there. Book publishers (that’s me) don’t like to hear that.

Of course, origami will solve your problem. Before you give up and think, “I can never get those damn paper folds right,” let me soothe your anxiety by explaining that making one of these cute and clever origami bookmarks is easy as pie and takes about a minute.

The Origami Resource Center online teaches oodles of methods for simple square origami bookmarks, or more decorative versions including pandas, penguins, peacocks, and Santas. From that website is a simple square fold that you can make even if you’ve never folded a piece of paper before. I’ve simplified it a bit more, making it (hopefully) even easier.

First, you need a piece of paper, exactly square – anywhere from 4 to 8 inches will do. And I’ll use a piece of origami paper in the photos so it’s easier for you to keep track of which side is which (commonly found origami paper is colored on one side and white on the other). Read the rest

Brief history of the Cootie Catcher

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Cooties are real. Apparently, "cootie" comes from the Malay word "kutu," meaning "dog tick." Fortunately, you can easily make a cootie catcher wit the added benefit that the device doubles as a fortune teller, chatterbox, whirlybird, salt cellar, etc. Read the rest

Video: HOWTO make a paper cannon

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You probably already have all the stuff you need to make this nifty paper cannon that fires at a surprisingly high muzzle velocity. Read the rest

Video: HOWTO make a 3D origami Darth Vader

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Origami enthusiasts have created a number of small foldable units that can then be assembled into all kinds of 3-D shapes, like this Darth Vader. Read the rest

Intricate 3D paper typography by Sabeena Karnik

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Mumbia-based illustrator Sabeena Karnik specializes in forming strips of paper into intricate typography. Below is a sequence showing creation of her piece for a radio station. Read the rest

HOWTO make retractable origami ninja stars

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These colorful shuriken (retractable ninja stars) by YouTuber ProudPaperOfficial are surprisingly easy to make. Read the rest

WATCH: time-lapse origami turns a dollar bill into a koi fish

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This is so hypnotic.

Terrible origami from $250,000 and under

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Etsy user mrimprov is testing the adage that art is what you can get away with, selling Terrible Origami for a quarter million dollars or less. Below are some more reasonably-priced examples. Read the rest

WATCH: Origami expert creates "impossible" computer-generated shape

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Mathematician and origami expert Tom Hull created this pleated multi-sliced cone from paper, never before accomplished since Robert Lang designed it via computer. Read the rest

Self-folding origami robot crawls around

MIT and Harvard researchers developed a laser-cut robot that when powered up folds itself into a 3D shape and walks away. Read the rest

Elegant, cheap, simple folded cardboard mount turns your phone into an Oculus Rift

Revealed at the Google IO conference, Cardboard is a scored, flat-pack box that you fold into set of cardboard goggles that hold your phone; an accompanying software package uses your phone's screen and accelerometer to create stereo-optical VR images in the manner of the Oculus Rift. It's a delightfully simple and elegant concept, and Google has published plans for making your own. You need cardboard, a set of cheap lenses, a magnet, velcro and a rubber band. Read the rest

"Origami" condom prototype

A prototype "Origami Condom" that is meant to be much easier to, er, deploy and pleasurable for the wearer.

Origami TIE Fighter

Martin "starwarigami" Hunt made this lovely TIE Fighter origami piece for London's MCM Comic Expo and contributed it to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, along with several other marvellous creations. The photo notes state: "Folded from a 2 by 1 rectangle cut from a sheet of 150gsm A1 craft paper. For a B.O.S. display at the 2012 MCM Expo in London."

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Origami hats for world leaders, folded from the currency of their respective nations

Hasegawa Yosuke creates origami hats for presidents, dictators, and monarchs from the currency of the nations they led. via MyModernMet. Read the rest

Shu Sugamata's origami spaceships

Avi sez, "Shu Sugamata has been making origami spaceships since 1977 and has amassed quite a body of gorgeous work."

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Clever-folding tyvek San Francisco map, with out-of-the-way landmarks

Shan sez, "Our guide/map of SF is printed on a single sheet of A3 Tyvek, and is then folded up according to a technique originally developed at Tokyo University for satellite solar panels. The bistable nature of the fold means that it can be fully opened or closed in one smooth motion, and that there is no way to fold it 'wrong.' The places we included are a mix of overlooked gems, classic restaurants, and other things like hidden parks, games played across the city, and interesting shops and markets. We just launched our project on Kickstarter yesterday evening, and as of today we're almost 10% funded!"

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3D typography made by folding pages in books

New Mexico artist/accountant Isaac Salazar folds the pages of discarded and unloved books to make beautiful 3D typography.

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(via Core77)  Papertoy Monsters, a fun cardboard creature making book - Boing Boing What would you use self-folding origami for? - Boing Boing Enormous library desk made of books - Boing Boing Apartment made out of books - Boing Boing Purses made to look like book covers - Boing Boing Jewelry made from laminated, polished cross-sections of books ... Read the rest

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