58. How to Make an Origami Bookmark

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope
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This episode is subtitled: ‘Jaz has a hangover…’

‘Jenny, can I talk to you about the building plans?’

Kim had started her question from outside the shop and travelled right up to the counter in the time it took me to look up from reviewing the orders for the day ahead. How can she move so quickly?

‘Sorry, Kim, I’ve got a bride due in for a consultation any time now and Jaz hasn’t arrived yet.’ Kim is so enthusiastic about the business that she can’t wait until our business catch up on Saturdays if she’s got something on her mind.

‘Jaz is late, isn’t she?’

‘Yes, it’s not like her.’ I said it defensively even though it was the truth as she’s always (well, usually) here well before opening time.

Just then the bride entered through the open door, followed by a timid Jaz whose face had a green hue. I welcomed the bride and sat her down while I had a quiet word with Jaz.

‘Sorry,’ she whispered, ‘I was out last night with Darren and I drank too much.’ Kim was all for sending her home.

‘Could you take her next door and give her something?’ I asked Kim with pleading eyes. I really needed Jaz here that afternoon so I was hoping for a quick recovery.

‘What will it be, Jaz?’ Asked Kim unsympathetically, ‘Coffee, pills or a big cream scone?’

Jaz grabbed the side of the counter with one hand and her stomach with the other. ‘Oh, please don’t mention cream.’ And her face turned one shade greener.

Kim walked Jaz out of Tulips and I turned to my bride with a beaming smile, ready to show her our books of wedding bouquets.

Twenty minutes later I was wrapping up the conversation, hoping to secure the booking and take a deposit, when Beryl came stumbling through the door from Teacups with something urgent to tell me. She almost blurted it out but stopped herself when she saw I had company. ‘It’s Jaz,’ she said, and in her attempt at discretion she mouthed the words ‘been sick’, reinforcing the message by moving her hand in an arc from her mouth towards me.

I sat there with my eyes wide in disbelief, squirming inside. In her own way, I suspect she was trying to be thoughtful but it may very well have cost me a wedding order. Ho hum.

How to Make an Origami Bookmark

salvagebox.co.uk - Blue's pawWhen we were working through the wedding books I was using the origami bookmarks from this week’s creative project to mark items the bride was interested in. She did seem fascinated that it was possible to make such useful and attractive items from old envelopes which appealed to her ethics of reusing stuff before buying new. Maybe that will be enough to eclipse the episode with Beryl and she’ll book after all!

Have you ever noticed how interesting the patterns are on the inside of official envelopes?

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

From that small pile of envelopes I cut out these pieces, all with different designs inside.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

And then cut each of them into a 10cm x 10cm square.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Take one piece and fold/crease it in half diagonally.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Fold the right hand corner up to the point at the top and crease it, then fold the left hand corner up to the same place and crease it.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Unfold the last two moves, then fold down the top layer of the upper point so it touches the bottom edge.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Refold the right hand corner up to the point at the top. Tuck it into the recently formed triangle and crease it.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Do the same with the other side.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

This is what it looks like on the back.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

After turning it back over, I like to tuck and crease the white ‘square’ part inside the triangle, although some people leave that to sit behind the page they’re marking.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Here they all are! You’ll notice a couple of heart shaped bookmarks that I’ve thrown in since it’s nearly Valentine’s Day. If you’d like to know how to make these you can watch this video from The Cheese Thief. The larger one is made from a square the same size as the others (10cm x 10cm) but I prefer the smaller one (which is about 9cm x 9cm) because it is neater in your book.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

You could leave them with their pretty printed patterns or have fun with your Sharpies.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

But I think I prefer them plain.

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Make an origami bookmark from a recycled envelope

Tips:

  • I used this video from Red Ted Art as the basis for my design.
  • When you tuck paper inside the triangle make sure you get it flat otherwise it won’t sit on the corner of your page properly.

Salvaged Items:

  • Old envelopes

This origami bookmark was such a simple and satisfying project. As you can see, once I started I couldn’t stop! Let me know how you get on.

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