Make an Origami Card: Cute Dress Design

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.)

origami dress card

So, on this page you'll find:

Folding the origami evening dress - step by step photos

Making the card - examples of several different designs

Other origami dresses to fold, with video instructions

Other folds for origami cards - hearts, stars, clothes, and more

How to Fold an Origami Dress

I originally found the instructions for this dress design on anu-origami and origami-club . 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!).

Step 1

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.

origami card dress step 1

Turn your paper over so that it's blank side up, then fold it in half vertically and horizontally:

origami card dress step 1b

Step 2

Fold the sides in to meet the center:

origami card dress step 2

Your paper now looks like this:

origami card dress step 2b

Step 3

Turn over the paper, and fold the sides in to meet the center again:

origami card dress step 3

Step 4

Turn over the paper again, and open out the top-most layer of paper:

origami card dress step 4

Step 5

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.

origami card dress step 5

Step 6

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:

origami card dress step 6

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:

origami card dress step 6b

Step 7

Fold the two sides in to meet the center:

origami card dress step 7

Step 8

Fold the top layers of paper out at an angle, to make the bottom of the dress:

origami card dress step 8

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.

Step 9

Fold the paper in half, so that the points marked "*" come together:

origami card dress step 9

Step 10

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.

origami card dress step 10

Step 11

Now it's time to sculpt the waistline! Fold in the sides at an angle like this:

origami card dress step 11

And fold in the bottom part of the waistline like this:

origami card dress step 11b
origami card dress step 11c

The fold can get a big bunched up because there are so many layers of paper, but it doesn't matter because you can't see it from the front.


Well done, you finished the dress! Here's what it looks like from the front:

origami card dress step 12

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 .

Making your Origami Card

Once you've finished your dress, you can glue it onto a card and embellish as you like! Depends on the occasion really!

homemade origami card finished

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 :-)

origami card three dresses kittykat Card by KittyKatkards on Etsy
origami card mini thankyou Card by KittyKatkards on Etsy

Other Origami Dress Designs

Once you've mastered the origami dress above, you might like to have a go at these other dress designs, with the video instructions below. I found these videos on youtube and I really like these designs. (Although I think the evening dress above is still my favorite.)

Traditional Origami Dress

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.

origami dress by Noorinaya

And here's the video, by youtube user Noorinaya:

Money Origami Dress and Suit

Fold a dress from a single bill of US money! You can also make a matching shirt and pants.

money origami dress Click for dress instructions and shirt instructions .

More Origami Card Ideas...

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...

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