How to Make an Origami Card Holder

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How to Make an Origami Card Holder
Use a larger piece of paper (9 inches square) to make a card holder for credit cards. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Although origami, the art of folding paper into different shapes, is often used to create decorative items, such as animals, it can also be used to create useful items. Cups, bowls, boxes and other containers can all be made from origami. Some of these containers are complex. Others, like the origami card holder, are simpler to make. The card holder can be folded to fit any size cards. It can also be folded from different types of paper, in many different colours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • One piece of origami paper (8.5 inches square)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay a piece of origami paper flat, with the white side up and the colour side down. Any size paper can be used, however, an 8¼-inch square will be the right size to hold most business cards.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper in half, bringing the right edge to meet the left edge. Crease and unfold.

  3. 3

    Fold the right edge of the paper in so that it rests along the centre crease. Crease and unfold. Fold the left edge in so that it too rests along the centre crease. Again, crease this sharply, and then unfold. The paper is now divided into four even sections.

  4. 4

    Fold the bottom left corner in and up so that what was the bottom edge of the corner now lies along the far left vertical crease. Fold the top left corner down in the same way so that what was the top edge of the corner also lies along the left crease.

  5. 5

    Fold the bottom right corner in so that what was the bottom edge of the corner lies along the far right vertical crease. Fold the top right corner down so that it too lies along the right vertical crease.

  6. 6

    Fold the right edge of the paper along the right vertical crease so that the right edge again rest along the centre vertical crease. Fold the left edge in to the centre crease as well.

  7. 7

    Flip the paper over. The longest edges of the model should remain vertical after the model is turned over.

  8. 8

    Pull the top edge of the model down, towards the centre of the model. When you see the white tip of the inverted angle reach the top edge of the model, crease the fold.

  9. 9

    Fold the bottom edge of the model up to meet the edge you folded down in the previous step. The bottom edge should overlap the other edge slightly. The centre corners, at the middle of the model, of the bottom edge will tuck inside the centre corners of what was the upper edge.

  10. 10

    Fold the model in half, bringing the top edge to meet the bottom edge, to complete the card holder. Cards can be tucked into the triangle pockets in the inside, created by the two flaps you folded down and up in the previous two steps.

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