Make origami mini paper books | How About Orange

September 17, 2012

Make origami mini paper books

Some things are worth making, even if you can't quite figure out what they're good for. I've folded origami books from a single sheet of paper before, but this version, created from several pieces of paper, is easier. And I daresay, even cuter! I followed the instructions at Paper Kawaii.

The finished mini books are 1.5" square when made from 6" x 3" pieces of paper (one decorative sheet for the cover and seven plain sheets for the interior.) I used plain computer paper for the inside, and sheets from the Traditional Prints pack by Tuttle Publishing for the covers. The patterns are printed on coated paper (unlike more typical uncoated origami paper) and reversed on the back side of each sheet.

Total adorableness. I'm planning to mail them to my little niece.

40 comments:

~amy~ said...

How cute are these?!!!

Grandma G said...

Your little niece will be absolutely delighted! She loves getting packages from Auntie Jess! The teeny books are sooo cute!

Jessica Jones said...

Don't tell her something is coming!

Grandma G said...

Mum's the word! ;)

Mum

Jessica Jones said...

Har, har.

Suzanne said...

These are perfect for a secret sister gift I have to give on Thursday. FUN! Thank you.

Ilaria Tj said...

Really very cute !!!

liza jane said...

Ack! So cute! I want to make some of these right now.

Nicky Wilcox said...

OMG this is fantastic thanks for sharing xxx now following xxx

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I want to make some, but am I missing how to make the binding part:(

Melissa said...

Love these! Made one myself. So cool! Thanks for posting this.

Katie said...

Those are so cute. Will have to show these to my daughter. She loves origami(and make beautiful tessalations--I think that is what they are called) Your niece will love these!

Piali said...

Super cute!!

donna mikasa said...

cute, cute! love!!

Jess said...

Lovely. Useless, but lovely! :)

Hannah Grunzke said...

So cute!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5M-9bC9UHQ&feature=related

Have you ever seen this origami book? It's teeny tiny and made from one piece of origami paper. No scissors or anything. Probably the most fun and most impressive origami project I ever learned!

Jessica Jones said...

I've seen that one! The beginning of that guy's video series is so funny. He's like, "Yo, I'm way too cool for origami, but I'm sooooo bored I guess I'll make a tiny adorable book."

Elle @ eGarages said...

Wow! I can't believe its that easy. Thanks! They are really cute!

Elspeth Evans said...

These are very sweet! They would make nice stocking fillers for Christmas.

Anathalia said...

How cute! I love little things to make notes on, but these might be the cutest ones I've ever seen!

Strickilotti said...

Soooooooooooooo cute!!!!

Jenn said...

yours look perfect! even smaller ones could be used as jewelry charms- I've seen that kind of thing on etsy...

Jessica Jones said...

Anonymous who asked about the binding: The accordian-fold page sections fit into one another, making a continuous piece. Though this step is optional, I followed the suggestion in the tutorial to press the stacked pages together with a binder clip and apply glue along the spine. It will keep any pages from sliding out later. When the glue is dry, (or if you skipped that step), just wrap the cover around the pages, following the tutorial, and it will hold the book together.

Vicky said...

These are just so lovely! Sure I can find an excuse to make some...

Anonymous said...

Cute!

Katie Lewis said...

My 10 year old self would have died and gone to heaven to have these for my dollhouse.

Jen said...

OMGosh! I am totally making these this weekend with my daughter. She is five and a half and loves crafting, and these are simple enough for her to make as well.

Your blog is absolutely awesome--I love getting the emails that there is a new post, since it is always something cool!

Amandine said...

Saw this 2 days late but oh my goddddd so cute! I will attempt to make one at my desk today.

Festive Party Girl said...

These are super cute. They would be so fun for a girly party.

LaAlicia said...

I'm having a total Santa's elf moment...how cute would these be as stocking stuffers? squee!

EFM said...

I just made two of these and they are so stinkin' cute! Thanks a million for sharing!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

a, really cute! I wish I had an entire library with these :)

BUSIR said...

I couldn't resist and made one right away , but i've a little problem with the last page so i cheated by putting some glue.I must watch the tuto again.I was visiting my daughter last week in Chicago (Edgewater) not fare from Evanston.i'm back in Paris France.Thank you for sharing.Y.S

Amandine said...

Would like to add, I made some really really tiny ones out of sticky notes at my desk. They are like 1" x 1/2" big. I don't know what to do with them though... perhaps mail them to someone? What a terrible problem to have! (not really :) )

ok back to work.

Jessica Jones said...

BUSIR, I hope you had a great time in Chicago! Amandine, I know... it's a dilemma. A very cute dilemma.

Isabel said...

I have fall in pages don't want to be together and when I open the book they go to all the ways... :(

GwenninElbé said...

This is so cool ! :D

Laurel Johnson said...

Your tutorial is excellent, easy to understand! Thanks!

Martha said...

OH, this is just TOO cute!
I love making mini books!
Thanks for the link to the FABULOUS tutorial! I just tried it.

Jessica Jones said...

So fun, right?

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