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An Easy Way to Fold Paper into Thirds

Do you ever feel resistant to make an origami model because you need to fold paper into thirds?  The video above shows a very easy technique to fold a square piece of paper for any origami figure that requires folding into thirds. This technique can be applied to folding any rectangular piece of paper into thirds.

This method requires having two squares of paper. One square is used as a template and the other is the actual square we need to fold into thirds. But all is done by folding paper and without using a ruler or any other instruments.

There are other methods to fold the paper into thirds, but this is quite easy and can be applied  to any size of square paper.

The photos below show origami models that require the folding or cutting of paper into thirds. All these models have appeared previously on other posts of this blog. Click on the link below each photograph to see a corresponding post and video tutorial.

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Origami Accordion Box Designed by Ms. Ayako Kawate This box is very versatile and may be used to store items that always seem to clutter our desk including: paperclips, pushpins, rubber bands, and other nicknacks. The units to make this modular box require a square, folded into thirds.

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origami-Christmas-lights-OSOrigami Christmas Lights Designed by Leyla Torres These lights may be made flat or as a three dimensional model with paper in the proportion 1:3.  This proportion is easily obtained by dividing a square into thirds.

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Origami Envelope -Menko This is a lovely traditional Japanese envelope. The square to make this envelope needs to be folded into thirds.

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Origami Tomato Box Designed by Carlos Bocanegra, and based on the traditional Menko, shown above. As with the Menko the square for Carlos’s model must be folded into thirds.

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Origami Nail Polish Designed by Leyla Torres. These fun nail polish bottles –with removable cap, are made with paper in a 1:3 proportion . As with the Christmas lights –see above, the properly sized paper may be obtained by dividing a square into thirds.

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Stefanie August 11, 2013, 7:24 am

    Simple and brilliant. Thank you. This is the best method I’ve seen. The ONLY one I like, in fact.

  • Teresa Burgos August 10, 2013, 3:55 pm

    Gracias Leyla!!!!!!!
    como siempre enseñando esos tips que son de tanta utilidad a la hora de trabajar

  • Angel Huntington August 10, 2013, 3:49 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!! I was struggling with this, and yes, avoiding models that required folding in thirds- but no longer! Thank you so much!

  • Maria August 10, 2013, 2:37 pm

    This is a very good method, Leyla, and not many people know about it!
    It can also be implemented with no template at all – for example using a grid on your cutting mat.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/goorigami/9478611569/

    • Leyla Torres August 12, 2013, 10:02 am

      Great Maria, I had never thought about using the grid of my cutting board. Now I will.
      Thank you for the link to your graphic!

  • Kathy August 10, 2013, 1:14 pm

    Brilliant! I’ve learned several other techniques for folding into thirds over the years, but this is by far the best. I’m going to share this one at my next class. Thanks for sharing yet another easy-to-follow informative video.

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