While the ancient Japanese art of origami may seem intimidating, there are some basic patterns that are easy enough for beginners and children to do. An origami picture frame is a simple pattern which consists of just one sheet of origami paper and can be done in a couple of minutes. This origami frame is a way to personalize family photos and makes a great homemade gift. This activity is ideal to do at home on a rainy day or in the classroom.
Lay the sheet of paper on a flat surface, colored side down.
Fold the paper in half vertically and then fold it in half horizontally. Unfold the paper. You should now have two crease lines -- one horizontal and one vertical.
Fold the top edge of the paper downward approximately one-quarter of the way toward the horizontal crease line. Fold the bottom edge of the paper upward the same distance.
Fold the left-hand and right-hand sides of the paper inward approximately one-quarter of the way toward the vertical crease line.
Flip over the shape to the colored side and fold all four corners inward so they meet at the center of the square.
Flip the paper over and insert the corners of your photo underneath the corners of the frame.
Tips & Warnings
- Glue a magnet to the back of the origami frame to turn it into a fun accessory for the fridge.