8 1/2" x 11" Book Making · How-to

Origami Pocket

How to make an origami Pocket by Paula Krieg
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As this is the beginning of the new school year, I am dedicating some posts on how to make an origami pocket. This is a great first project to make with students. It is a crowd pleaser, which is important to me because it can get a classroom of students happy to be  readily on board with paper and book arts. When I begin with  paper that is about 15 inch square  the resulting pocket can be a handy storage folder for on-going projects.

Before I go any further with this I want to clarify that this is not the traditional origami cup that one often sees.  For great directions on how to make an origami cup I recommend looking at  the  Kids Web Japan/Cup site. The noteworthy difference between the classic cup and my pocket is the width of the base of the structure.  I prefer the wider base as it is more suitable for storing books than the narrower, taller origami cup.  Just for the record, I was introduced to the origami pocket about a decade ago by a young boy, who learned it  from a TV program called Zoom.

I have have available a black and white copy of  directions on how to make an Origami Pocket.

Addendum March 30, 2020

Here’s the video tutorial of how to make an origami pocket

8 thoughts on “Origami Pocket

  1. I am searching for the directions on how to make a Jacob’s Ladder pocket book with several pages on one side; close book; reopen other side which would again have several pages. Any help you might have would be greatly appreciated. ellen


    1. Hi Ellen,
      I’m not sure that what you are looking for is called a jacob’s ladder. Here’s a couple of good how-to links for Jacobs Ladder: http://www.woodcraftarts.com/jacob.htm

      and here’s an awesome Utube video on how to make a jacob’s ladder with folding paper http://www.youtube.com/user/jonakashima#p/search/0/ykL0Tt7jdYY which is work looking at just because it is so magical.

      But from your description, I think you want something different. ??


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