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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