Origami Place Cards for a Wedding Anniversary

Recently, my family celebrated  my parent’s golden anniversary.  Since I wanted origami to be present on this occasion, I asked for ideas to a group of friends. Hans-Werner Guth (Germany) sent me a very nice idea of his creation, an origami minimal curved fold that can be used as a place card for the name of each guest. The card, minimalistic and elegant, is made with a single circular fold from a square of card stock paper. This allows the card to stand, so the printed name is easily visible. I post here the link with folding steps to make Hans’ card.

Place card from front and back

In addition, it occurred to me to add a golden butterfly, created by Ralph Mathews (England), whose diagrams are in the book Minigami*: Mini Origami Projects for Cards, Gifts and Decorations, by Gay Merrill Gross. The butterfly, which was originally presented as a clip to attach two or more sheets of paper, was inserted in the top tip of the card, locking with just a couple of creases.

Origami creativity may involve just joining one model to another. This union of card and butterfly is a creative and successful marriage of two origami models. The text was added using the Photoshop application.

Here are the dimensions and proportions of the papers used for each model. Click the image to enlarge it.

As an alternative to this combination, the butterfly could be omitted and instead an illustration printed above the name of each guest. Here is an example of this option.

origami place card

Model folded and arranged by Leyla Torres. Based on the origami minimal curved fold by Hans-Werner Guth (Germany)  a butterfly clip by  Ralph Mathews (England).

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7 thoughts on “Origami Place Cards for a Wedding Anniversary”

  1. Leyla,

    The link to Hans’ card (“link with folding steps to make Hans’ card”) no longer works. I found an archived version here:


  2. The butterfly is, I believe, by Jean-Pierre Wyseur, published in BOS Magazine 101 August 1983. Whilst Ralph did create the odd design, he more than likely rediscovered this one.

    • Thank you Nick for your clarification regarding the butterfly’s creator. In the “Minigami” book it was attributed to Ralph and that is why I mentioned his name here. I wonder if Jean-Pierre is still active in origami?

  3. Oh, I just found the Minigami book at the library recently myself! Normally I like folding more complex models, but recently I have realized that there’s nothing wrong with reverting back to and appreciating very simple styles. That book especially is excellent for the decorative purposes that it serves. Such projects really don’t need complicated origami to look great :) .

    Got your e-mail, by the way, thanks! I actually do have my own website and it is posted above with my name on this comment. Like I said, I love a variety of activities, but if you would like to see the paper arts that I mostly do, please visit http://andersgesagt.tumblr.com/search/origami and http://andersgesagt.tumblr.com/search/papercraft . The models are not designed by me, but I did make all of them unless otherwise noted. Ciao!

    • I appreciate complex origami very much, but I have a predilection for simple models. I love when with a few folds a model can convey the essence of what it might represent. ‘Minigami’ ia a great book and Gay Gross, the author, has a very good eye for those models that are simple but elegant.

      I read your story about the 4th grade teacher, wow! Don’t we all have stories of those teachers that shouldn’t be teachers? It’s great you eventually folded paper again!


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