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I use these as bookmarks but don't feel pressured to do the same ;D
Haha! The new and improved how-to on folding origami kimono! After two days of work and a screwy camera, I'm finally finished with the tutorial. I didn't realize how long it was until I finished with the project but don't fear, it isn't as hard as it looks! This is my first tute so if something is unclear, I'm sorry. Just ask me about it and I'll help you. I based this off an instrution manual that I got for my birthday so don't be too amazed by my amazing origami skills ;)

Posted by Pinocchio from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published See Pinocchio's 29 projects »
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  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, pick your poison. Chose the paper and colors that you will be using for this project. The paper you'll need includes:
    - Two sheets of 10x10 cm printed origami paper
    - Two sheets of 10x10 cm solid origami paper
    - One 7.5x 7.5 cm piece of origami paper (solid or printed)
    - One white circle 2.5 cm in diameter
    - One rectangle that's 5 cm long and .5 cm wide
    - Black paper (We'll get to this later)

    If you haven't noticed yet I'll be using the meteric system since it's so much easier

    Tip: The Japanese are famous for their love of patterns so don't be afraid to use two patterns together even if they don't necessarily match!

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 2
    Step 2

    Ok first step! Take the solid sheet and fold it in half like this. Then unfold it and fold it in half on the other side. You should now have two lines that cross in the middle of the square.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take your scissors and cut along the lines to make four 5x5 cm squares. Repeat this with the other solid color.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 4
    Step 4

    You are going to use one of the four 5x5 squares from both of the colors to create part of the body. Fold the square into a triangle. Repeat with the other color square.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the two triangles directly on top of each other. Decide which order you want them to appear in. The color on the bottom will become the top layer while the color on the top will become the bottom layer. Place a dash of glue on top of the bottom layer and glue the two triangles together.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now position the white rectangle in the middle of the triangles and glue it down.

    Tip: Since you are working with glue now make sure that your fingers stay relatively glue-free so that you don't smudge your nice paper :)

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 7
    Step 7

    This next part is tricky. You are going to be folding down the flaps down so that they are wrapped around the white rectangle. Getting the angle right may take some time. Fold the LEFT flap over first.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the RIGHT flap next. It's important to do it in this order because it follows an old Japanese customs that would be strange to break.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 9
    Step 9

    Repeat with the bottom color. Now you are finished with the first part!

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 10
    Step 10

    Next, we're going to start working on the body of the kimono. Take your printed sheet and turn it over so the the pretty side is facing down. Fold the top of the square over 1 cm. Glue down the flap.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 11
    Step 11

    Take the fold you just created and fold it back .6 cm. It doesn't have to be perfect so don't stress if it's .5 or .7 cm

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold the right side of the sheet over .5 cm. Glue down that flap

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 13
    Step 13

    Here comes the fun folding part! Fold your sheet in to two even halves and then unfold it.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold each side over 3 cm.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 15
    Step 15

    Place the body piece that we made earlier over the middle line.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 16
    Step 16

    Again, this part can get a little tricky. You want to fold the sides over so that they look like this.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 17
    Step 17

    Look at the lines that I placed on the paper. The paper should fold on itself along these lines and come to rest on the 3 cm line that you folded.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 18
    Step 18

    Your kimono should look like this now. Unfold the kimono and place a dab of glue on the back of the body and glue it down

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 19
    Step 19

    Next we're going to make the obi. Take your 7.5x 7.5 cm sheet and find the middle (You can do this by folding it in half) Fold the top and the bottom until they touch the middle line.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 20
    Step 20

    Fold the top and bottom down 1 cm or until you achieve the width you want.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 21
    Step 21

    Place the obi on top of the kimono so that it covers the strange-looking wrapped bit. Once you've done that, fold the obi around the kimono and glue it down.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 22
    Step 22

    Now we will fold the sleeves of the kimono. First flip your second piece of printed paper and fold the bottom up .5 cm

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fold the sheet in half so that the top meets the bottom. Glue the top half to the little flap.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 24
    Step 24

    Fold it in half like this and then unfold it.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 25
    Step 25

    Align the kimono over the fold you just created. Fold the right sleeve over the body.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 26
    Step 26

    Fold the sleeve back at a small angle to make the sleeves look more natural (see the ruler for the angle) Repeat with the other sleeve. Once you've done that, glue everything down

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 27
    Step 27

    Fold the bottom of the sleeves up slightly. Repeat with the other sleeve.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 28
    Step 28

    Almost done! Now glue the white circle on to the neck, slightly overlapping the top of the kimono

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 29
    Step 29

    There are two hairstyles you can use, depending on the gender of your doll

    For a girl: Take a 4x 3.5 cm rectangle of black crepe paper and place the circle at the top of the paper. Fold the sides over the edge of the circle.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 31
    Step 30

    Fold the sides out at a slight angle, the same way you made the kimono sleeves. To make the bangs, cut out a half circle and place it on top of the other hair. Glue everything down and trip any excess.

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 32
    Step 31

    For a boy: Take a 4x 1.5 cm rectangle of black crepe paper and wrap it around the circle so that there is about 1 cm of sideburns on both sides of the head. To make the bangs, cut out a half circle and paste it on top of the sideburns

  • How to make a paper bookmark. Origami Kimono Bookmark: The Sequel - Step 33
    Step 32

    All done! Feel free to add any little details that creativity demands. Try experimenting with different hair styles and color combinations. No two should be the same!

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B*
B* · 55 projects
Wonderful! Happy
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Mabel Syrup
Mabel Syrup · Henley-on-Thames, England, GB · 14 projects
This is great I can feel a present-making session coming on, even as I write this!
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The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
Those are amazing!! Soo can't wait to try.
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Pinocchio
Pinocchio · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 30 projects
I'm glad that everybody likes it so much! Thanks for your comments!
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Ewa T.
Ewa T. · Piteå, Norrbotten County, SE · 8 projects
I really love papercrafting, the child within get's happy of it!
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Van
Van · 48 projects
This is so amazing. Your pictures were very to understand. I wonder if I can make one out of stiff fabric.
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Andy
Andy · Prague, Hlavní město Praha, CZ · 7 projects
These are so awesome :3
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bunnytan
bunnytan · Nutley, New Jersey, US · 22 projects
Just like the bookmarks my boyfriend gave to me. Happy
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Triceratops
Triceratops · Richmond, Virginia, US · 15 projects
Can I borrow some of the cool paper?
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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects
Thank you cant wait to try it..Great tut
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