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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Guest post - How to make an origami bow...

A few weeks ago I introduced you to Esther from Origami-Est. Today she's showing us how to make this gorgeous origami bow!

This is so pretty, I'm planning on making a stockpile for gift wrap!

1. Begin with your sheet of paper patterned side up.
2. Fold paper vertically corner to corner.
3. Unfold. Fold paper horizontally corner to corner.
4. Unfold. Turn paper over and fold diagonally, corner to corner. Unfold and repeat on the other diagonal.

5, 6 & 7. With the patterned side up bring the top corner to the bottom while pushing the side corners into the centre (using pre-creased folds).
8. With the opening at the bottom, horizontally fold the top down (roughly 1cm).

9. Unfold.
10 & 11. Now for the most fiddly part! Refold, using pre-creased lines, with previous fold inserted (as photographed)
12. Fold the top 2 diagonal edges into the centre (aligning the folded edges to the centre fold).

13. Repeat on the reverse.
14. Gently unfold, so there is almost a ‘bubble’ like centre and 4 diagonal indentations coming from the centre.
15 & 16. Hold the paper, so you can see the diagonal folds clearly. Cut along the middle of 3 folds in each diagonal section.

17. Lay the paper white side up.
18 & 19. Taking the lower 2 sections of paper (left and right section, in photo), fold each outside edge into the centre fold.
20. Fold the top section to meet the bottom and turn over to view the patterned side.

21. Cut both sections along the centre fold, all the way to the ‘bubble’.
22 & 23. Turn over. Fold the edges of each bottom piece as desired, these are the ‘tassels’ of your bow and this adds shaped to them.
24. Turn back over. Take the 2 arrow shaped corners, to the left and right of your ‘bubble’ and loop over to tuck the points into the ‘bubble’.

25 & 26. And there you have it! A bow perfect for accessorising gifts!

Thanks Esther! Check her shop for more beautiful paper creations!


  1. Oh my goodness! That is beautiful! I love it. I can always appreciate a lovely tied bow, it makes me even more excited to see a paper bow!
    Love, Richelle from Lynn + Lou

  2. Wow, this is so pretty! I will definitely have to give this a go :) xx

  3. So pretty! I want to try this out now! :D

    xx Denysia Yu

  4. I adore the bow origami so much! It is soooo pretty :D


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