How to Make an Origami Wallet
Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, offers a creative and practical way to transform a simple piece of paper into something functional and beautiful. One such example is the origami wallet. Not only is it an eco-friendly alternative to conventional wallets, but it also allows for endless customization in terms of colors, patterns, and sizes.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to create an origami wallet that’s perfect for carrying cards, cash, and other small essentials. Let’s get started!
Materials You’ll Need:
– A square piece of paper (at least 8.5 x 8.5 inches)
– Optional: bone folder or ruler to make creases crisp
Step 1: Prepare the Paper
To begin with, choose a square piece of paper with a color or pattern that reflects your personal style. The size of your finished wallet will depend on the size of your paper; for example, an 8.5 x 8.5-inch paper will result in a wallet that’s approximately 4 x 3 inches when completed.
Step 2: Fold in Half
Fold your paper in half horizontally with the pattern side facing outwards. Then unfold it, leaving you with a center crease.
Step 3: Fold the Edges
Take the top edge and fold it down to meet the central crease you made in step 2. Repeat this action for the bottom edge.
Step 4: Create Inner Flaps
Fold both top corners down diagonally so they meet at the center crease – this forms two triangle shapes at each top corner. Following this, fold both bottom corners up diagonally to meet at the center crease, creating two triangular shapes at each bottom corner.
Step 5: Create Outer Flaps
Now flip your project over so you can see the four triangular shapes you’ve just created. Take the top and bottom edges, and fold them towards the center crease again. These two new folds will overlap the triangles from step 4, creating a clean rectangular shape.
Step 6: Complete the Wallet
Fold your project in half along the original central crease so that all folded edges are now on the inside. Press down firmly, and optionally use a bone folder or ruler to make your creases extra crisp.
Congratulations! You have successfully created an origami wallet. To use your new wallet, simply open it up and insert cards or cash in the pockets formed by the folded layers. The origami wallet is not only a great conversation starter, but also an artistic and eco-friendly way to carry your essentials.
As with any origami project, practicing this design will help you perfect your technique and create increasingly refined wallets. Experiment with different paper sizes, colors, and patterns to create a truly unique accessory that reflects your personal style.