Make an origami corner bookmark

These instructions show you how to make an elephant but you can adapt them to create any animal or creature you would like. Simply follow steps 1 to 4 to make the basic origami corner bookmark and then let your imagination lead the way!

Make an elephant bookmark

 Bits and bobs you will need:

  • A piece of grey paper
  • Scissors
  • A piece of white paper
  • A black pen
  • Glue

1. Fold up the bottom left-hand corner of your paper so it reaches the top and make a fold. Cut away the rectangle that is left over and put it to one side for later.

2. Turn the folded triangle you created that the long edge is at the bottom. Fold each of the bottom corners up to the top making a diamond shape, then unfold. 

3. Fold the front layer of paper down from the top so the point touches the bottom. 

Make an elephant bookmark


4. Fold the bottom corners back in again and tuck them down behind the other layer.

5. Draw two large ears and a trunk on the rectangle of paper you put to one side. You might like to start by drawing in pencil so you can rub it out. Once you’re happy with the shape and size, cut them out. Tip: if you want the ears to match, cut one out first and then draw around it to create the other.

6. Stick the ears to the back of the bookmark. Then glue the trunk to the inside of the front section.

7. If you’d like to add tusks, cut them out from the piece of white paper and stick them next to the trunk.
8. Finally add eyes and some detail to the trunk with a black pen.

Make an elephant bookmark