ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0030 – ORIGAMI – BLOSSOM

MDL0030 – ORIGAMI – BLOSSOM
Text-Only Instructions -
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
Step by step instructions for this traditional model can be found at

http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-blossom.html

It is likely that this model may also be found under different titles on various
sites elsewhere on the Internet with some minor variation on folding methods and
sequences.
Steps 1 to 8 are instructions for the preliminary or square base from

http://www.essortment.com

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.
Folding level: Intermediate
Steps: 16
Description: This is a 3-dimensional, fairly flat, open flower with 4 petals radiating out from its center. The flower is resting on a pointed base, which makes it ideal to place on top of flat surfaces like cards, boxes and tables.
Remarks:
This is a simple, but beautiful model that can be used to decorate almost anything – table decor for special occasions, cards, boxes, scrap books.
It can also be hung as a mobile or wall decoration or used as a Christmas tree decoration.
Consider using striped paper for this model, or something with a swirly design, giving the impression of lines radiating out from the center to the sides of the flower.
If you are using two-sided origami paper, make sure that the side you want for the inside or visible part of the flower is facing up before starting to fold.
NOTE: This model starts from the preliminary or square base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.
“Step 1
Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape.
Step 2
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Turn the square over and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 5
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
Step 7
Grasp the left and right points of the resulting rectangle and pick it up off of the folding surface. Push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds.
The result will be a square or diamond-shaped model, with four flaps one each to the left and right, front and back.
Step 8
Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat. The model will have one open end, which should be facing away from you.”
Step 9
Bring the lower right edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical center crease line.
Crease and leave folded.
Step 10
Bring the lower left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical center crease line.
Crease and leave folded.
You will now have a kite-shaped model lying on top of a diamond with what was the edges of the paper now lying along the vertical center crease.
Step 11
Turn your model over like turning the page of a book and repeat steps 9 and 10 so that you end upp with a model resembling a kite that is cymmetrical.
Step 12
To start opening your flower, pick up your model and hold it between your thumb and forefinger right at the closed bottom point or base of the model.
With your other hand, find the loose, triangular flap at the top of the model. Gently pull it towards you and use your fingers to shape the flap so that its point starts to curl down, like the curved petal of a flower.
Step 13
Repeat Step 12 with the single-layered triangular flap at the back of the model.
You will now have a shape with two triangular points standing straight up in the air and one-layered front and back flaps that curl down and away from the center of your model.
Step 14
Next, while still holding the model at its bottom point, grasp the left triangle that is standing up at the center of your blossom and pull it downwards and to the left as far as it will comfortably go, until it comes to rest between the front and back of your flower
You will notice that your model is no longer flat, but is starting to open into a 3d shape as you do this step. Gently curl the left flap you have just folded down in the same way you did with the front and back parts in previous steps.
Step 15
Repeat Step 14 on the other side, pulling the triangular flap downwards and to the right.
Step 16
Lastly, press all 4 flaps of the model fully open if necessary. You can curl the petals a little more if preferred. You will notice that your blossom actually has a stem, which is one of its great features, since you cannot only hold it comfortably, but if you fold the stem or bottom part flat against the flower, it provides a base for the flower, making it possible to secure it on top of a flat surface like a gift or a card. If you bend the stem or point of the flower slightly, it can also have the nice effect of lifting the blossom just slightly from the flat surface.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe – June 2013

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0029 – ORIGAMI – BUTTERFLY

MDL0029 – ORIGAMI – BUTTERFLY
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures, diagrams, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions for models that are freely available but not
readily accessible to blind and visually impaired people. This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
For more information, see the file called “Introductory Remarks” included with this file series.
Credits and Resources:
Instructions and pictures for this model can be found at

http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-yoshizawa-butterfly.html

and on various sites elsewhere on the Internet.
Steps 1 to 8 are instructions for the waterbomb base from

http://www.essortment.com

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.
Folding level: Intermediate
Steps: 18
Description: This model is known as the famous Akira Yoshizawa butterfly.
Remarks:
Use this model to make a pretty mobile or as decoration around the house for spring and other special occasions.
It can also be used on cards, in scrap books or to decorate gifts.
If you are using two-sided origami paper, make sure that the side you want to be visible for the top of the butterfly is facing up.
NOTE: This model starts from the waterbomb or balloon base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.
“Step 1
Place a square of paper on your work surface and position it so that the edges
are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 2
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Turn the square over and position it so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 5
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
Step 7
Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push inward. The
model should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be another triangle
shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another
sticking out from the front.
Step 8
Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your
model will lie flat. The model will have one open end, which should be facing you.”
Step 9
Next, grasp the left bottom corner of the triangle (top layer only) and fold it upwards and inwards
to meet the top point of the triangle. The bottom left edge of the triangle will
come up to lie straight along the center vertical crease of the model. Crease
and leave folded.
Step 10
Repeat with the bottom right corner (top layer only).
You should now have a diamond shape lying on top of a triangle.
Step 11
Turn the model over and position it so that the longest, open edge of your triangle is facing away from you.
Step 12
Bring all layers of the bottom point of the triangle up so its point just reaches over the straight edge at the top of the model.
Crease well and leave folded.
The result will be a model with two triangular flaps lying next to each other in the center, with two large flaps, the wings, jutting out on either side.
Step 13
Next, you will unfold the two center triangular flaps of the model (top layer only) towards you again. As you do this, You will notice that at the left and right center of your model there are two small circular ridges that do not lie flat against your folding surface.
You will have to press down and slightly inward at the left and right outside center of the diamond shape that has now formed, in order for the model to lie flat.
Your model should now look like a triangle in the middle at the top, two large wings on either side and
two separate upside-down triangles nearest you.
Step 14
Fold over the entire left side of your butterfly to meet the right side. Crease well and leave folded.
Step 15
To make the body of the butterfly, you will be making a small crease right at the center of the model.
To do this, pick up your model and hold it so that the two loose triangles, the back wings, are nearest you and the larger triangles, the front wings, are pointing straight up in the air. The model should still be folded flat, so that, if you were to bring your hands together to pray, for instance, the model will lie flat between your closed palms.
Step 16
Now, with the thumb and forefinger of one hand, hold the butterfly in this position by grasping it at the top of its front wings, which are pointing up in the air.
With your other hand, find and grasp the small ridge at the bottom front of the model, which is farthest away from you. This where the body of the butterfly will be formed.
Step 17
Next, let go of the front wings so that they can open to the sides and press straight down at the center of the model with your forefinger while still hpinching the bottom center of the model firmly between thumb and forefinger of your other hand.
By doing this, you will be forming the small ridge that will represent the body of the butterfly.
Step 18
Turn over your model. Your butterfly should have two large front wings, two smaller separated back wings with a body and head in the middle. To find the top side of the butterfly, make sure that the body of the butterfly feels like a ridge when lying on a flat surface.
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compiled by Lindy van der Merwe and Georgina Harris, September 2009
Revised: January 2014

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0028 – ORIGAMI – SEED PACKET SQUARE

MDL0028 – ORIGAMI – SEED PACKET SQUARE
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
This model is loosely based on the origami seed packet, described at

http://www.essortment.com/make-origami-seed-packet-52546.html

Specifically, steps 2 to 6 have been adapted from this page, but the finished model is folded into a compact square.
The opening mechanism is also different from what is described on the above-mentioned page.
Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.
Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4 copy paper will work well, to practice with at first.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 10
Description: This is a fairly secure, square, flat pouch or packet, which is folded closed on all sides in order to hold small objects like seeds, or powdery stuff like bath salts, sherbet, etc.
Its finished size will depend on the size of the paper you are using, of course.
If folded from printer or copy paper, the finished pouch, will be more or less the size
of an old stiffy disk, or around 4 inches or 10 cm.
Remarks:
This pouch/packet can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards,
notes, photos, money, any small, flat objects and even powders.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick
children’s project or a personal touch.
If you make handles for the pouches, they could be carried around by children, or hang them on a chair, a door or a tree – turn them into Christmas tree ornaments, tooth fairy pouches or
mini gift bags for any occasion.
Also, no glue or tape is needed, which is great when you need some kind of pouch or packet on the fly.
When folded from larger-sized paper, it can be used as treat bags for parties or
other special occasions.
To use as cd or dvd covers, experiment with the size of the rectangle before starting to fold.
Rectangular paper larger than copy paper will have to be used for this, though.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
Step 1
Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges at the left and right and the long edges at the top and bottom.
Step 2
Bring the bottom edge of the model up toward the top, stopping just short of the top edge. Leave a narrow strip of paper visible at this edge. Crease and leave folded.
Step 3
Bring the top edge of the model down so that the narrow strip left at the top in Step 2 is now folded over. Crease and leave folded.
Step 4
Fold the top edge of the model downward, using the width of the strip folded down in Step 3 as a guide. This strip and the previous one should be the same width. Crease and leave folded.
Step 5
Turn the model over and position it so that the edge folded over in Steps 3-4 is at the top.
Step 6
Bring the upper left point of the model down so that the left edge comes to lie completely along the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
You will now have created a triangular flap on the left side of the model and a narrow, vertical strip will have formed just next to the triangular flap.
Step 7
Flip the vertical strip of paper and the triangle next to it over to the right.
This fold should be done by treating the vertical strip like the center of a book, which you should simply close or fold over on itself.
Press flat along the left side of your model.
The outline of your model will once again be a long, two-layered rectangle, with an extra triangle lying on top of it, along its left and part of its bottom edge.
Step 8
Next, fold the right edge of the model over to meet its left edge.
Crease well along the right side of the paper and leave folded.
Your model will now have a more or less square shape.
Step 9
Lastly, tuck the flap folded over in Step 7 into the pocket that will be the front of your model.
Recrease on both sides to complete your seed packet square.
Step 10
To open your seed packet, lift the small, loose flap on the top left of the model and pull to the right. The packet will stay closed on the lefthand side, and you can pour seeds using the opening on the right.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe – December 2014
Revised: January 2014

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0027 – ORIGAMI – SHIRT

MDL0027 – ORIGAMI – SHIRT
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
This is a traditional model.
See, for instance,
and on various sites elsewhere on the Internet with some minor variation on folding
methods and sequences.
Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4 copy paper will work well, to practice with at first.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 9
Description: This is a flat, two-dimensional model, representing a shirt, with collar and short sleeves. It is often folded and used as a card. The front can be decorated while a message can be written on the inside of the fold.

Remarks:
This model can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.
The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy or bulky.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children’s project or a personal touch.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down
before starting to fold.
Step 1
Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges
at the top and bottom and the long edges facing left and right.
Step 2
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge to create a vertical center crease. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Now fold the left and right edges to meet in the center. Crease and leave folded.
You will have a rectangular piece of paper with two flaps meeting each other along the entire vertical center line of the model.
Step 4
Grasp the top left flap that is lying along the vertical center of the model and fold it to the left and a little downwards at an angle to form your first sleeve. Press flat.
The exact angle of this fold is not critical, as long as you fold out the right sleeve at more or less the same angle.
Step 5
Repeat with the right flap. Press flat. Your sleeves have now been formed.
Step 6
Rotate the model 180 degrees so that the sleeves are now nearest you. You will be working on the shoulders and collar of your shirt next.
Step 7
To make the collar, fold down a small corner of the left and right flaps that are lying along the vertical center and press flat. These flaps should be fairly small in relation to the sleeves of your shirt.
Step 8
If preferred, shape the shoulders of your shirt by using a mountain crease to fold the top, outer corners of your model to the back. This makes the shoulder area a little rounder.
Step 9
Lastly, fold the bottom part of the model upwards, tucking the bottom edge under the collar area of your shirt.
Make a strong horizontal crease at the bottom edge of the paper to complete your origami shirt and decorate as preferred.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2014

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0026 – ORIGAMI OR KIRIGAMI – Valentine’s Day Card

MDL0026 – ORIGAMI OR KIRIGAMI – Valentine’s Day Card
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not
readily accessible to blind and visually impaired people. This material is for non-commercial
and/or classroom use only and may be utilized and distributed purely for recreational
and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
Instructions with pictures can be found at

http://origami.about.com/od/Valentine-Origami/tp/Origami-Valentine-Craft-for-Kids.htm

Copyright by Dana Hinders – Origami Guide at about.com
Slight adaptations were made (see Step 7 below) so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to complete without sight.
Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 7
Description: This is a simple, flat, heart-shaped card with a pocket at the back.
The finished model will be a quarter fold of the paper you start off with. If you use A4 or copy paper, the finished model will be more or less the size of a standard greeting card.
Remarks:
This pocket card can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.
The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy or bulky.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children’s project or a personal touch.
You have a choice in Step 7, where you could either fold the sharp points of the heart backwards and glue them securely, or you could opt to cut the top of the heart in a more or less round shape. You will have to experiment and decide which method you prefer and which looks neater.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
Step 1
Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface with its edges to the
left and right, top and bottom.
Step 2
Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge to form a rectangle.
Crease and leave folded.
Step 3
Fold the left edge of the rectangle over to meet the right edge to form a vertical center crease line.
Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Now fold the left and right edges to meet in the center. Crease and unfold.
Your rectangle will now have 3 vertical lines dividing it into 4 squares of equal size.
Mentally number these vertical valley creases 1, 2 and 3, from left to right.
Step 5
Next, take the bottom right corner of your model and bring it over to the left and a little upwards so it comes to rest at the very top of vertical fold 1. Press well and leave folded.
Your model will have a large flap that is lying diagonally from bottom right to top left.
Step 6
Fold over the entire left side of the paper, like closing the page of a book, so that your paper lines up perfectly along the right side of the model.
Your model will now start to resemble a heart shape with a point at the bottom, two flaps at the top and a pocket at the back.
Step 7
All that remains is to shape the two top flaps of your heart so they become as round as possible. Dont worry if you find this difficult to do. Just do the best you can. If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the paper where you have folded it down. Try to make it look as neat as possible because even though it will be at the back of your card, it will still be visible when the recipient turns the card over to find the pocket that is at the back of your heart card.
Alternatively, fold your finished model in half by closing it like the page of a book and cut the entire top part of the heart into a round shape.
Open again to see your completed heart card.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, January 2014

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0025 – ORIGAMI – HEART (FROM A RECTANGLE)

MDL0025 – ORIGAMI – HEART (FROM A RECTANGLE)
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
I have found a multitude of resources on the Internet, referencing many different ways to fold origami hearts.
However, this model was folded by me without any external reference or resource.
I was looking for a model that would be fairly easy to fold for beginners, starting from rectangular paper.
If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed,
please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.
Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.
Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4 copy paper will work well, to practice with at first.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 10
Description: This is a flat, two-dimensional heart. The heart is divided by fold lines on both back and front.
The front of the model can be opened to reveal a message by folding back the two flaps of the heart. The back flap of the heart can also be lifted to reveal a message that has been written on the diamond-shaped inside of the model.
Remarks:
Fold this model for Valentine’s Day or any time you would like to show a little love.
Use in scrap books or on top of gifts.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children’s project or a personal touch.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
Step 1
Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges
at the top and bottom and the long edges at the left and right.
Step 2
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Now fold the top and bottom edges to meet at the center. Crease and leave folded.
You should have a rectangular piece of paper with the top and bottom flaps meeting
at the horizontal crease line.
Step 5
Next, fold the top left corner downwards toward the center, aligning the top edge with the vertical crease line you have already created.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 5
Do the same with the right top corner.
Crease well and leave folded.
There will still be a long, rectangle, lying in a horizontal position at the bottom part of your model, while the flaps you have just folded will have formed an arrow, pointing away from you.
Step 6
Next, fold the bottom left corner upwards toward the center, aligning the bottom edge with the vertical crease line you have already created.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 7
Do the same with the right bottom corner.
Crease well and leave folded.
You should now have a diamond-shaped piece of paper comprising 4 triangular shapes. At the top, there will be two small triangles pointing away from you, while, at the bottom you should have two larger triangles. You will notice that the tops of these larger triangles are not entirely straight, but they slope downwards on each side of the model.
Step 8
Flip your model over so that you now have a smooth surface, except for a horizontal fold line at the center of your diamond shape.
Step 9
Fold the diamond in half by bringing down its top point to meet its bottom point.
The bottom and sides of your heart have now been completed.
Step 10
To complete the heart, fold the two small, square corners at the top of the model down and away from the center at an angle, so they lie along the horizontal crease line that has already been formed.
If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure these last two flaps.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2014

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0024 – ORIGAMI – HEART (from a square)

MDL0024 – ORIGAMI – HEART (from a square)
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
Step by step instructions for this traditional model can be found at

http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/japan/morigami-heart.htm

It is likely that this model may also be found under different titles on various
sites elsewhere on the Internet with some minor variation on folding methods and
sequences.
Steps 1 to 8 are instructions for the square base from

http://www.essortment.com/

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.
Folding level: Intermediate
Steps: 12
Description: This model is a flat heart with a triangular pocket at the front.
This popular model is also sometimes referred to as a heart locket, a heart bookmark, a heart with pocket or a heart envelope.
Remarks:
This is a great project for children and one that many adults might still remember
from their childhood days.
Fold this model for Valentine’s Day or any time you would like to show a little love.
This model can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes,
money, any small, flat object.
The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy
or bulky.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick
children’s project or a personal touch.
If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the outside is facing down before you start to fold.
NOTE: This model starts from the diamond or square base. If you are able to achieve
this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.
“Step 1
Place a square of paper on your work surface and position it so that the points are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 2
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Turn the square over and position it so that its edges are facing up and down,
left and right.
Step5
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
Step 7
Grasp the resulting rectangle at its right and left sides and push inward. The
model should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another
sticking out from the front.
Step 8
Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your
model will lie flat.
The diamond-shaped model will have one open end, which should be facing away from you.”
Step 9
Next, fold down the top point, top layer only, of this diamond, so its point meets the bottom center of the model.
Crease and leave folded.
Step 10
Turn the model over and repeat Step 9 on the other side.
You will now have a model that consists of a large triangle at the bottom with two smaller triangles sticking out at its top.
Step 11
To form the top part of your heart, fold both small triangular points down and to the left and right so that they come to rest just above the horizontal line formed by the large bottom triangle.
Press flat.
Step 12
Lastly, create a round shape for your heart by folding back the four small, sharp triangular points on top and at the sides of the heart.
If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the small points that have been folded back to make your heart as neat as possible.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2009
Revised: February 2014

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0023 – ORIGAMI – GIFT CARD WITH BOW

MDL0023 – ORIGAMI – GIFT CARD WITH BOW
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
Instructions for many types of origami cards can be found on various sites and blogs all over the Internet.
This model has been folded by me without any external reference or resource.
If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.
Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.
Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4 copy paper will work well, to practice with at first.
Folding level: Intermediate
Steps: 11
Description: This is a flat, two-dimensional, rectangular card, representing a wrapped gift with a ribbon-like band at the back and a bow at the front. If folded from two-sided paper, the actual card will be one colour, while the band and the bow, will be a different colour.
The card is closed by folding in the sides and then tucking them under the small flap at the back of the card.
The finished model will be a quarter fold of the paper you start off with. If you use A4 or copy paper, the finished model will be more or less the size of a standard greeting card.
Remarks:
This model can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.
Add a dab of glue for extra support, to secure the pocket at the back of the model.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children’s project or a personal touch.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
The folded band and bow will be patterned or colored while the rest of the card will be plain or white.
Step 1
Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges
at the top and bottom and the long edges at the left and right.
Step 2
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Fold the top left corner downwards toward the center, aligning the top edge with the vertical crease line you folded in Step 2. Crease well and leave folded.
Step 5
Do the same with the right top corner.
Crease well and leave folded.
The bottom of your paper will remain unfolded while the top flaps will have formed an arrow, pointing away from you.
Step 6
Fold an inch or so of the bottom edge of the model upwards to form a band of paper at the very bottom of the model.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 6
Turn your paper over, like turning the page of a book.
Fold the top point of the model down so it comes to rest on the horizontal crease line you folded in a previous step.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 7
Next, fold the entire left side of the paper inwards so it reaches just over the center vertical line you folded in a previous step.
Crease well and leave folded.
Try to take your time with this step so that the sides of your card is as straight as possible.
Step 8
Repeat Step 7 with the right edge of the model, tucking the small, band at the top of the card under the previous fold.
Step 9
Reach inside your card from the top and pull out the triangular flap that has been formed at the back of the card. Fold this flap down so it is pointing towards you.
Step 10
Bring the bottom edge of the model upwards, and tuck the triangle you folded down in the previous step into the pocket that you will find just beneath it.
Make a strong horizontal crease at the bottom of the paper.
Step 11
Lastly, turn your card over and fold the two loose flaps at the top upwards and outwards as far as they will go, and at an angle, to form the bow at the top of your gift card.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2014

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0022 – ORIGAMI KITE CARD

MDL0022 – ORIGAMI KITE CARD
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
This model has been folded by me without any external reference or resource. It was
loosely derived from the “Pocket Card” (see Credits and Resources for MDL0021).
Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.
Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4 copy paper will work well, to practice with at first.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 7
Description: This is a simple, flat, rectangular card with a front flap that has been folded into a distinctive kite shape, on the front of the kkkkkcard.
It has no pockets – it simply opens like a book.
The finished model will be a quarter fold of the paper you start off with. If you use A4 or copy paper, the finished model will be more or less the size of a standard greeting card.
Remarks:
This card can be used in scrap books or on top of gifts.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children’s project or a personal touch.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side up before starting to fold.
The folded kite-shaped front part of the card will show up as coloured or patterned, while the rest of the outside of the card will be plain or white.
Step 1
Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges
at the top and bottom and the long edges at the left and right.
Step 2
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top edge. Crease and leave folded.
Step 3
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and leave folded.
Notice that your card has now been folded into quarters, thus you will have 4 layers of paper:
Step 4
Next, grasp the top right corners of the paper, two top layers only, and fold them downwards and to the left until they meet the left edge of your card.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 5
For the remaining steps, let us label the 4 layers of the card from front to back as a, b, c and d.
you will work with the two layers you have just folded (layers a and b) only.
Grasp the point of layer B only and fold it upwards and to the right again but only so its edge lies along the first diagonal fold you come to.
Crease well and leave folded.
After this step you will have a total of 4 triangles on the front of your card: A large triangle at the top right, then two smaller triangles lying diagonally across the model and a smaller triangle towards the left, bottom of the model. There will also be a rectangular area at the bottom edge of your card.
Step 6
Grasp the folded up layer B and simply flip it over and up, towards the top and the right of your card.
Press flat.
You will now have two separate diagonal lines running from the top left to the bottom right of your card.
Step 7
Lastly, locate the point of Layer A that is lying along the left edge of your card and fold it under as far as it will go, using a mountain fold, so it lies straight along the diagonal crease that you made in Step 4.
You will end up with a kite shape that is positioned diagonally on the front of your card. If you have used paper with colour on one side, the kite shape will appear in a different colour.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, February 2013

ACCESSIBLE ORIGAMI PROJECT – MDL0021 – ORIGAMI – POCKET CARD

MDL0021 – ORIGAMI – POCKET CARD
Text-Only Instructions
The text instructions that follow have been formatted in an attempt to mmake the
art of origami more accessible to visually impaired people or those that are unable
to make use of the various visual instruction methods (including drawings, pictures,
diagrams, animation, videos and written or spoken instructions that relate to these
methods.
Various resources and methods have been utilized in order to provide access to instructions
for models that are freely available but not readily accessible to blind and visually
impaired people.
This material is for non-commercial and/or classroom use only and may be utilized
and distributed purely for recreational and educational purposes.
Credits and Resources:
Instructions for many types of origami cards can be found on various sites and blogs all over the Internet.
For instance, at http://www.ehow.com/how_6345888_make-origami-card.html
Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.
Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; A4 copy paper will work well, to practice with at first.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 7
Description: This is a simple, flat, rectangular card. It has two pockets: one large back pocket that is open at the top and right side; and a smaller diagonal pocket on the front of the kkkkkcard.
The finished model will be a quarter fold of the paper you start off with. If you use A4 or copy paper, the finished model will be more or less the size of a standard greeting card.
Remarks:
This pocket card can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.
The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy or bulky.
Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children’s project or a personal touch.
These pocket cards can also be used for advent calenders. Secure with a dab of glue, ribbon or staples after they have been filled.
If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.
The folded front part of the card will be patterned or colored while the single back layer will be plain or white.
Step 1
Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges
at the top and bottom and the long edges at the left and right.
Step 2
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold the top left corner downwards toward the center, aligning the top edge with the vertical crease line you folded in Step 2. Crease well and leave folded.
Step 4
Fold the bottom left corner upwards toward the center, aligning the bottom edge with the vertical crease line you folded in Step 2.
Crease well and leave folded.
The right-hand side of your paper will remain unfolded while the left-hand side will have a straight center part, with the top and bottom corners of the paper sloping inwards.
Step 5
Fold the bottom edge upwards to meet the top edge. Crease and leave folded.
At this point, the right half of the model will have a rectangular shape, while the left half will resemble a triangle, sloping down sharply to the left, almost reaching the bottom left corner of
the modell.
Step 6
Now, locate the small, vertical part at the left bottom corner of the model and fold it straight over to meet the right edge of the paper. Crease and leave folded.
Notice that your card has now been folded into quarters, thus you will have 4 layers of paper:
the back of the card will be made up of two layers with a normal 90 degree square top corner; the front of the card will comprise two folded layers lying at an angle running from the top left corner of the card to a point just above its right bottom corner.
Step 7
To lock the card in place, grasp the top right corner of the paper, top layer only, and fold it downwards and to the left so as to tuck it in between the two diagonal layers forming the front of
your card. Leave folded.
If the 4 layers were labelled from front to back as a, b, c, d, you will now have tucked c in between a and b.
You will end up with a simple rectangular model with two pockets. One large rectangular pocket at the back and a smaller, more or less triangular pocket in the front.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, December 2013

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