On this page I'll show you how to make this cute origami card with an origami evening dress. It's really quick and easy to make, and I'll show you step-by-step photos for folding the dress.
I'll also share a couple of other paper dress designs that you can use for making greeting cards, plus other origami folds like hearts, Christmas trees, and stars, which you can also use to make homemade cards.
This origami dress card is great for your girlfriends, sister, or Mom. It's a really versatile design - the way I've made it in this photo is really simple, but you can also embellish the card with borders, jewels or sequins (see further down the page for more examples.)
So, on this page you'll find:
I originally found the instructions for this dress design here and here. I tweaked the design very slightly to give it a lower neckline (more glamorous!), and I also spelled out the folds a bit more to make the instructions easier to follow for people who are new to origami (I hope!).
To make the dress, start with a sheet of paper that's 4" (10 cm) square. This will make a dress that's about 3" (7.5 cm) tall. I like to use paper that's patterned on one side and blank on the other. Thin or normal paper works best - scrapbook paper is too thick to fold into this design.
Turn your paper over so that it's blank side up, then fold it in half vertically and horizontally:
Fold the sides in to meet the center:
Your paper now looks like this:
Turn over the paper, and fold the sides in to meet the center again:
Turn over the paper again, and open out the top-most layer of paper:
Fold the top down about 1/2" (1.2 cm). Don't worry about getting it too exact. The further you fold this part down, the deeper the neck-line will be on the finished dress, so you can experiment with different distances and see which you like best.
Squash the left side of the bit you just folded down. It's hard to describe in words, but this sequence of photos shows you what to do:
This fold will become the shoulder-strap of the finished dress. Make the same fold on the other side too, so that your paper looks like this:
Fold the two sides in to meet the center:
Fold the top layers of paper out at an angle, to make the bottom of the dress:
I normally make this fold so that the top of it reaches about half-way up the paper. If you like you can change it to get different-looking styles of dress.
Fold the paper in half, so that the points marked "*" come together:
Take the piece you just folded down, and fold it up again, but leaving about a 1/2" gap at the top. Once again, don't worry about getting the distance exactly right.
Now it's time to sculpt the waistline! Fold in the sides at an angle like this:
And fold in the bottom part of the waistline like this:
Well done, you finished the dress! Here's what it looks like from the front:
How did your origami dress turn out? I hope you found my instructions clear. If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say hi, please contact me with this handy form.
Once you've finished your dress, you can glue it onto a card and embellish as you like! Depends on the occasion really!
Below are some gorgeous origami card designs by Tina (a.k.a. KittyKatKards), on sale at her Etsy store. I love the colors she uses. There are loads of other great designs on her site to, so take a browse. Her cards are so beautiful that you might end up buying some origami cards as well as making them :-)
Card by KittyKatkards on Etsy
Card by KittyKatkards on Etsy
These gorgeous dresses were featured in a youtube video by user Papercraftjenny, from Papercraft Inspirations Magazine.
And here's the video showing how to make them:
I'm not sure, but I think this is a more traditional origami dress. It's made from a square piece of paper without any cuts.
And here's the video, by youtube user Noorinaya:
Fold a dress from a single bill of US money! You can also make a matching shirt and pants.
Origami dresses not your thing? Or looking for some other ideas? Check out the pages below for more origami instructions! Just substitute the bills for a piece of pretty paper...
Origami Heart: Great for gluing onto a Valentine's day card!
Star: A six pointed star of David, perfect for a Christmas card design.
Modular Star: A five pointed star made from 5 pieces of paper (or dollar bills) - another great design for putting on a Christmas card.
Christmas Tree: This is a simple design that is great for a beginner. Perfect for a homemade origami Christmas card!
Origami Shirt and Tie: Making a card for Father's day? This shirt design would work really well!
For another homemade card idea, take a peek at our latest tutorial where you can make this gorgeous origami flower card. Includes free printable templates on colorful digital scrapbook paper.
Or now that you've mastered the origami card, here are some other cards to try:
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