by Lydia Fiedler
Create a doll out of folded paper for a bookmark or embellishment.
- Origami paper - 5 1/8" x 1 1/2"
- Origami paper - 6 1/4" x 5/8"
- Origami paper - 1 3/8" x 5/8"
- Cardstock for face (Blushing Bride used here)
- Black crepe paper, for hair
- Strong adhesive (Sticky Strip™ used here)
- Scoring tool, (Scor-Buddy™ used here)
- 1/2" circle punch
- Bobby pin
- Embroidery thread or thin cord
- Wire cutters
- Bone folder
Score the 5 1/8" x 1 1/2" piece of origami paper at 1/2" on each of the long sides, and at 1/4" on one of the short sides with a Scor-Buddy or other scoring tool.
Fold the 6 1/4" piece of origami paper in half longways, creasing with a bone folder.
Punch 4 circles out of cardstock with a 1/2" circle punch. Adhere two circles together with your normal adhesive, and do the same with the remaining two. Put a small piece of Sticky Strip on each of these thick circles.
Cut the bobby pin in half with wire cutters, keeping the flat side, and snip off the rounded end of this piece, so that your remaining piece is perfectly flat. Remove the backing of the Sticky Strip and adhere the metal stick to one of the stacked circles.
Adhere your remaining circle stack on top, sandwiching the bobby pin in between.
Crease along the score lines of your large piece of origami paper.
Fold the paper down at the top 1/4" score line, and then fold the top right corner down at an angle, leaving space in the center for the doll's neck to go in.
Fold the left corner over the right. Don't worry if they are not completely symmetrical.
Place a small piece of Sticky Strip down the center of the robe.
Securing the doll's head and neck to the robe on the Sticky Strip, fold down the right corner until it sticks to the adhesive.
Fold the right side of the robe along the score line on the right side.
Place a piece of Sticky Strip on the left side of the robe below the scored corner fold, then fold the corner down, and fold the left side of the robe closed over the right.
Tie a knot in the folded strip of origami paper, in the center of the strip. It's easiest if you start by holding the paper in a ribbon shape. Work with the knot as you tie it to make sure it stays as close to the center of the strip as possible.
When the knot is complete, it should form an angle, as shown.
Take the left side of the sash and fold it back towards the right side as shown. It should be angled down slightly from the knot.
Fold the end back out to the left side, at about a 45 degree angle from the first fold.
Wrap the 1 3/8" x 5/8" piece of origami paper around the doll, using your regular adhesive.
With the folded side shown in Step 16 face up, apply Sticky Strip to the folded sash.
Adhere the sash to the back of the doll so that from the front, it looks like this.
Put a small amount of your normal adhesive on the back of the doll's head. Place a 2" piece of black crepe paper behind the doll's head, and fold in the ends of each side at an angle.
Continue rolling the ends in until the crepe paper is snug around her head, and the bottom of her hair is in a shape that you like.
Place a small amount of your regular adhesive on the top of her face, and adhere a narrower strip of crepe paper to the doll's face for bangs.
Note - do not apply an inline adhesive directly to the crepe paper - it will tear.
Holding the crepe paper around her face, twist the top part tightly into a top knot, keeping the twist close to the top of her head.
Tie a piece of thread or thin cord around the top knot just above her head, and trim the ends.
Trim off the excess, so that her top knot ends just above the cord.
The paper doll is complete, and is flat enough to make a cute bookmark.
This is how the doll would look as an embellishment on a card.