How to Make an Origami Desk Organizer

Written by mercedes valladares
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Origami crafts are one of the most popular paper crafts and hobbies. Although most relate origami as the Japanese art of folding paper into intricate objects, we are now able to create origami shapes into useful items such as desk organisers. By following a few simple folding techniques and selecting a colourful origami paper, you can coordinate your organisers with your own design colour choice and scheme.

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Things you need

  • origami paper square 8-inch width by 8-inch length (optional dimensions)

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    Origami Desk Organizer: Folding Your Base

  1. 1

    Fold your origami square sheet on the diagonal with your paper design facing out. Crease your fold and open your square.

  2. 2

    Flip your square with the design side facing in. Fold your square horizontally and crease.

  3. 3

    Open your square. Fold your square vertically and crease.

  4. 4

    Open your square and notice that your square has visible fold guidelines. It is important to note that your open square has two diamond like mini creased squares within your fold line pattern. Your diamond square naturally folds into the crease with your design facing inside and you have a new mini square with an unexposed design pattern.

  5. 5

    Rotate your mini square as a diamond shape with the open flap facing up. Take one flap and fold over horizontally in half towards the opposite corner. Crease the fold.

  6. 6

    Reopen your fold and notice that you have a visible fold guideline. Take the point and fold over towards the new centre fold line. Flip your diamond shape over on the opposite side and repeat this step with the opposite side flap.

  7. 7

    Take one side of your diamond with the point fold towards the centre guideline and fold over once again. Your print is partially exposed on this side.

  8. 8

    Flip your diamond over and repeat the process by folding the flap point fold over once again. Your print will be partially exposed on this side as well. Note that the upper portion of your square will have a visible triangle centre opening.

    Origami Desk Organizer: Construction

  1. 1

    Take one side of your diamond and fold over vertically. Your print will not be exposed on this side only.

  2. 2

    Flip your diamond over and repeat with the opposite vertical flap. Note that when you flip your diamond over there are three visible vertical flaps on one side temporarily. Fold only the top flap over vertically. Your print will be completely hidden.

  3. 3

    Take one side and fold towards the visible vertical centre guideline. Repeat on the opposite side. You will have a kite like shape form at the centre.

  4. 4

    Flip your diamond over and repeat on the opposite side. Your diamond will be a kite like shape on both sides. It is important to note that your print will be partially visible with two loose triangle shaped pointed flaps.

  5. 5

    Fold one triangle pointed flap and fold over towards the opposite point. Flip your kite like shape over and repeat with the opposite triangle shaped pointed flap.

  6. 6

    Tuck your triangle point over the horizontal opening in order to secure the flap. Repeat on the opposite side.

  7. 7

    Open your organiser. Gently shape the inside of your organiser with your fingers until you have a smooth bottom surface to place your office supplies such as erasers and paper clips.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the dimensions of your initial square to make larger or smaller shaped desk organisers.

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