Cat Origami Bookmarks (Pinterest Challenge #1)

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by the lovely Kay from Mummy Who if I would like to do the Pinterest Challenge. The idea is really cool, first we choose 3 Pinterest pins for each other, then we attempt to recreate each one and blog about our experiences. It sounded so much fun, I was definitely up for the challenge. For the first pin, Kay picked me these super cute Cat Origami Bookmarks. To see which pin I gave to Kay, go head over to Mummy Who and check out the first challenge! 

For my challenge, I admit that I got off to a pretty unsuccessful start and my creations were not really resembling cats, more like crumpled pieces of paper. But, I was determined not to be defeated by these folded felines. Instead, I decided to simplify (like they do on The Cube) and found a slightly easier version here. On a warm Bank Holiday Monday, I sat outside in the garden, attempting origami cats, and a few hours (and multiple cats) later, I felt like I cracked it.

Practice and perseverance always pays off when it comes to origami (and everything in life, really).

Here is my how-do guide if you want to make your own cat origami bookmarks. Have fun!

You will need one sheet of origami paper (pineapples are optional).

Step one: Fold the paper horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Then fold the 2 opposite corners into the centre to make triangles.

Step two: Fold the triangles in half.

Step three: Make two creases so that the top half can fold easily.

Step four: Fold the paper down. This took me a few attempts but as long as the pineapples are covered that’s the main thing.

Step five: Turn the paper over.

Step six: Fold the triangles in half along the horizontal centre line.

Step seven: Unfold the paper from the front and flatten.

Step eight: Fold the triangle down and turn the paper over again.

Step nine: Fold in the inside triangles.

Step ten: The trickiest move – You need to fold these inside out. It may take a few attempts but you will get there.

Step eleven: Ta-da it should look like this.

Step twelve: Bring the ears down and fold them again they appear at the front. Keep experimenting with different folds to get the ear height right.

Step thirteen: Do this on both sides then fold down the centre to create the cat head.

Step fourteen: Turn the paper over and fold the sides inwards to create the bookmark.

Step fifteen: Fold the little cat nose into shape and yay! your origami cat bookmark is complete!

Thank you for the challenge Kay, I really enjoyed it. I never expected I would be able to make an origami cat bookmark but this challenge made it all possible. I’m looking forward to our next one which will be appearing on the blog next month. Stay tuned! Don’t forget to head on over to Mummy Who and see which pin I gave to Kay for the first challenge…

Have you tried origami cat bookmarks? Or have you challenged your friend to a Pinterest challenge? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. May 30, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Oh my goodness I remember years ago back at school a teacher trying to teach the class some origami and I was terrible- it’s much harder than it looks! These bookmarks look super cute,I’m glad you managed to find a slightly easier way to create them. Love the Pinterest swap concept and can’t wait to see what you will create next!
    Great post hun 😃

    Melanie |

    • May 31, 2018 / 9:40 am

      Thanks so much Melanie! 💖 It really is such harder than it looks 🙈. I’m glad you liked the bookmarks and the Pinterest challenge idea is so cool 😍 xx

  2. Liz
    May 30, 2018 / 7:50 am

    These are so cute and a fun way to make a bookmark! You have so much more patience than me – I would’ve had enough! Love a good Pinterest challenge, can’t wait to see the others!

    Liz xx

    • May 31, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Aw thank you so much Liz! 💖 He he, I’m surprised I had that much patience but it was definitely worth sticking at it 😍. Glad you liked the post! xx

  3. Emma
    May 30, 2018 / 9:36 am

    I used to love Origami back when I was in school. This is so so cute. I love the idea of the Pinterest challenge aswell sounds like a great idea. I’m so going to try and make this!💞xxx

    • May 31, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Aw thank you so much Emma! 💖 The Pinterest Challenge is such a fun idea. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  4. Ruth
    May 30, 2018 / 10:42 am

    The Pinterest challenge sounds like a great idea! I’m pretty useless with anything like this, though, so I dread to think how mine would turn out. You’ve done a fab job, and they’re so cute! 🙂

    Ruth |

    • June 1, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Aw thank you so much Ruth 💖. Glad you liked them. The Pinterest Challenge is a really fun idea ☺️ xx

    • June 1, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Aww thanks so much Shirley 💖. So glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  5. May 30, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    These are so cute! I’ve never heard of the Pinterest challenge. It sounds like a lot of fun!

    • June 1, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much Anna 💖 it was lots of fun! Can’t wait to try more pins 😍 xx

  6. Shevy
    May 30, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    You are such a creative human being! I love what you have done with these little bookmarks, I want to try and make some as well, as soon as I have found pretty paper 😀
    Thanks for sharing with us all! Now you have pretty bookmarks and a cool story 😉


    • June 1, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Aww thanks so much for the lovely comment Shevy! 💖 I hope you enjoy making them too, they get addictive once you get started. Glad you liked the post lovely 😘 xx

  7. May 30, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Loved this origami cat bookmark and it is such a cool challenge idea to experiment and try new things! Can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing next!

    Have a great week!

    • June 1, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Aw thank you so much Anna! 💖 It was so much fun to do, I’m looking forward to the next challenge too 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post. Have a lovely weekend 💕 xx

  8. May 30, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    These bookmarks are so adorable!! It sounds like a fun idea, the Pinterest challenge. I’d like to do it myself! I love origami, it’s a paper art that never gets old😊

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Aw thank you so much lovely 💖. I’m really starting to get into origami and looking forward to try something new. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  9. May 30, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    The Pinterest challenge sounds like a really fun project!
    And those cat bookmarks are adorable.

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Aw thank you so much Manon 💖 glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  10. Neve Smith
    May 30, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    These are actually the cutest and I bet if you read in public you’d get a load of nice comments on them! That step by step was so handy too and simple enough that I may even try make my own! Pinterest challenges sound like such fun! Great post lovely x

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Aw thank you so much Neve! 💖 Once you get the hang of it they are quite simple to do. Hope you enjoy making them. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  11. May 31, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Just read Kay’s blog post and it sounds like such a fun post!! The little origami cats are super cute too!

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Aw thanks so much Ellie! It was a really fun challenge, glad you enjoyed the post 💖😘 xx

  12. May 31, 2018 / 10:25 am

    This challenge is a fab idea! This one looks super tricky but yours look amazing, Bexa!


    • June 2, 2018 / 10:30 am

      Thanks so much Em! 💖 It was such a fun challenge, glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  13. Freja
    May 31, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    The pinterest challenge is such a fun idea! The bookmarks turned out so cute. I only wish that I was as creative as you!

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Aw thank you so much Freja 💖. I was really surprised how these turned out, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Aw thank you so much Lainy, they are so much fun to do! 💖 xx

  14. May 31, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I just squealed a little bit, these are a brilliant idea! I’d totally get carried away with making as many different coloured ones as possible haha :’) they’d be a great little project for kids too! x x
    Ellis //

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Aw thanks so much Ellis! 💖 They are so much fun to do, they are quite addictive too, I want them in all colours now 😄. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  15. May 31, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    oooh this is too cute! I love the idea! I also really like origami! i have tried a few time and manage to make boats and shamrock ahah! but this is way cutter! xx corinne

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Aw thanks so much Corinne! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  16. May 31, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    These are so cute! I always lose my bookmarks so maybe I should try there and I can make more at any time 🙂 I’m not sure I have the patience for it tho!

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:56 am

      Aw thanks so much Julie! 💖 He he, they can get quite addictive once you know how to make them 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post xx

  17. May 31, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I love this idea. It’s so simple and cute 🙂
    I will deffo save this for later. My nieces would adore to make this and it’s seems easy enough too 🙂 I’m not a big origami hero, but with patience I am sure I could do this
    Love that you have the liz gilbert book in your photo’s as well 🙂

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Aw thank you so much Rose! 💖 It’s such a fun thing to do, I’m sure your nieces will love it! And yay for being a Liz Gilbert fan! 😘 xx

  18. May 31, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    These are too cute and I love the pineapple paper you’ve used. This seems like such a fun challenge , great post Bexa.

    Emma x

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Thanks so much Emma! 💖 The pineapples are super cute aren’t they 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely xx

  19. Sophie
    May 31, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of the Pinterest challenge but what a great idea! I always find myself wanting to try great ideas I’ve seen on there but never seem to get around to it!
    This bookmark is super cute too, I love it!
    Sophie – x

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:04 am

      Aw thank you so much Sophie! 💖 The Pinterest Challenge is so fun and you can try things you never expected to. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:04 am

      Thanks so much Claire! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  20. May 31, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Those are so cute! I used to love origami as a child. I will definitely have to give these a go!
    Menna x |

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Aw thank you so much Menna! 💖 They are really fun, hope you enjoy giving them a go! 😘 xx

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Aw thank you so much Cora! 💖 I was really surprised how these turned out, glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  21. Hels
    May 31, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    This is such a cool idea! I always use Pinterest for inspiration but have never actually made anything from there! I love these bookmarks, so cute and creative and I’m so impressed with your efforts! What a lovely challenge, I’m excited to see what you do next!
    Hels 💗

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Aw thanks so much Hels! 💖 It’s such a fun challenge! I was surprised how these turned out. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  22. May 31, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love these. I used to love doing origami and I’m aiming to read lots over the summer so this post was perfect timing.

    Faye Jessica |

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:13 am

      Aw yay! Thanks lovely! Glad you enjoyed the post and happy reading too! 💖 xx

    • June 2, 2018 / 11:27 am

      Thank you so much! 💖 xx

  23. May 31, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    This sounds like such a fun challenge! The finished product is super cute too! It’s such a great idea for a series, I’ve never seen anyone do this in a blog post before! x


    • June 2, 2018 / 11:28 am

      Thanks so much Sophie! 💖 It was such a fun challenge, glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  24. Emily
    June 1, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Oh my gosh!💖 What a wonderful idea. As somebody who loves cats more than I love most things in life, these are so adorable. Is this when I get told I’m being silly for getting attached to paper, haha!? Such a fun challenge Darling xoxo

    • June 2, 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Aw thank you so much Emily! 💖 Cats are the absolute best aren’t they! It was such a fun challenge, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  25. June 2, 2018 / 1:25 am

    It has been ages since I’ve done origami! It’s pretty cool how many things can be created from a piece of paper. Glad you didn’t give up because the end result looks pretty cool. Thanks for sharing the steps to get that cat look :)!

    Nancy ♥

    • June 2, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy 💖. It was definitely a challenge but well worth it in the end. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  26. June 2, 2018 / 3:27 am

    This is the first time I heard about Pinterest challenge. You did really well with these cat origami bookmarks. These are looking very cute. I actually followed your steps and tried with a note book paper, it turned out okay haha! I used to love art and craft in school. Very cute post Bexa.:-)

    Via |

    • June 2, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      Thanks so much Via! 💖 Aw yay, I’m glad it worked for you! I was wondering if my steps were easy enough to follow so that’s really made me happy 😍 xx

  27. Shan
    June 2, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    I would defo fail at this because I have no coordination whatsoever BUT I love the thought of a cat bookmark! Anyone fancy making me one? 😂😂

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:01 am

      He he, glad you liked the post Shan 💖. They look tricky but start making sense after a few attempts 😄 xx

  28. June 3, 2018 / 2:03 am

    I am so in love with crafts..I am gonna try this out for me.. Cuteness overloaded..I can’t miss any of your creative posts, Subscribed..Awesome craft 🙂
    Waiting for more to come.Till then I will scroll previous posts.

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:03 am

      Thanks so much for subscribing Aditi 💖. That’s so lovely of you. Glad you like crafts as much as I do! 😘 xx

  29. June 4, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    I’ve never seen anything like these before, but they’re so cute! I’m super lazy so I probably won’t make them myself, but I really love the idea 🙂

    • June 4, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Aw thank you so much Michelle, glad you liked them! 😘 xx

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