My better half is practically a bookworm and much to my irritation will end up folding the pages within the book so that he remembers where he left it off. I hate this habit of his, which made me hunt for creative bookmarks for him to use.
This is an incredibly pretty bookmark and is not so difficult to fold. Grzegorz Bubniak has generously provided the diagrams to this design on his website, too. It is also published in Polish Origami Bulletin # 1.
Paper to use:
Ideally this design is best folded with duo colored paper i.e. colored differently on either sides. However, single side colored paper will also work even though it might not give an all that great effect. You can select a paper – Kraft, Kami or even some pretty patterned wrapping paper – measuring approx 6 inches or more. The size of the paper you start with really depends on the size of the final model you wish you have. A 6 inch square will end up being a 4.5 inch model in the end, measured across.
Butterfly Bookmark (Design by Grzegorz Bubniak)
How to fold this design:
Grzegorz Bubniak has shared the diagrams on his website. If you see the picture of the completed model there, you will notice that he has used duo-colored Kraft paper colored in gold and crimson which looks really elegant.
This is a modular origami design which is quite simple to fold but a bit of a hassle to put together. Make sure you have a few paper clips or pins to keep the units in place when you start to fold this model. ❗
What you need:
You would need 6 sheets of paper – square shaped – of anything from 6″ in size to 9″ in size. The larger the size of the paper you use, the larger will be the size of the overall model.
1. For a multicolored model, you would have to choose 6 sheets of paper each of a different color.
2. For a tri-colored model (such as the model in the image above), you would need to select 3 colors, 2 papers each.
3. For a uniform colored model, you would have to select 6 sheets of the same color (as per your choice).
How to fold the spiral star:
Youtube yet again comes to the rescue in providing detailed videos on how to fold this model. One thing the video doesnt depict is how the units are actually put together and also that this video is in Portuguese. However, at a certain point in the video towards the end, the contributor pinpoints the areas where you need to attach the units, so it is not a big problem.
Basically, when putting these units together, remember that there is a unit on top and at the bottom and 4 around these in the middle. So, you need to attach 4 of these units to the top unit intially, and then proceed to affix the last unit at the bottom. Make sure you have your paperclips and pins ready to hold the units together, coz it can get a bit tricky here. 🙂
Tadashimori has recorded a pretty detailed video on folding this model: