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Fun With Paper Folding And Origami - How To Make Origami Toothpick Holders

Updated on January 7, 2014
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Handmade Toothpick Holders.
Handmade Toothpick Holders.

Origami is the art of paper folding. Some people do origami for fun, others do it as a form of relaxation.

The tutorials here will show you how to make something useful with origami, you are going to make your own toothpick holders with paper! You can use origami paper, wrapping paper and plain copy paper for these paper crafts. There are three different toothpick holders to make so let's get started!

No-Frills Origami Toothpick Holder

If you need a small toothpick holder to store a few toothpicks, this easy-to-make origami toothpick holder can be made in a minute or two. It is safe to carry in a purse or shirt pocket without being poked by toothpicks!

To make this paper toothpick holder, cut out a square paper measuring 10cm by 10cm. Follow the origami instructions and pictures below to make this no-frills origami toothpick holder.

Step-by-step instructions for No-frills Toothpick Holder

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The paper size to use for this origami activity is 10cm by 10cm.To make a crease pattern on the paper, fold the paper in half to make a vertical crease.Unfold the paper and you'll see a vertical crease line on it.Align the bottom corner with the top corner and fold the paper to make a horizontal crease.Unfold the paper. Now, you should see two crease lines crossing each other.Bring the left and right corners to the centre line and press down to fold.Fold one third of the right side of the paper towards the left.Unfold the flap on the left.Fold the left flap and wrap around the right and to the back.Turn the paper over.Fold the protruding little corner towards the centre of the paper.Bring the bottom end of the paper up and make the fold. The bottom flap should be shorter than the top part.Tuck the corner of the bottom flap in between the layers of paper near the centre.Turn over the paper and you have a no-frills toothpick holder.Store several toothpicks in the holder.
The paper size to use for this origami activity is 10cm by 10cm.
The paper size to use for this origami activity is 10cm by 10cm.
To make a crease pattern on the paper, fold the paper in half to make a vertical crease.
To make a crease pattern on the paper, fold the paper in half to make a vertical crease.
Unfold the paper and you'll see a vertical crease line on it.
Unfold the paper and you'll see a vertical crease line on it.
Align the bottom corner with the top corner and fold the paper to make a horizontal crease.
Align the bottom corner with the top corner and fold the paper to make a horizontal crease.
Unfold the paper. Now, you should see two crease lines crossing each other.
Unfold the paper. Now, you should see two crease lines crossing each other.
Bring the left and right corners to the centre line and press down to fold.
Bring the left and right corners to the centre line and press down to fold.
Fold one third of the right side of the paper towards the left.
Fold one third of the right side of the paper towards the left.
Unfold the flap on the left.
Unfold the flap on the left.
Fold the left flap and wrap around the right and to the back.
Fold the left flap and wrap around the right and to the back.
Turn the paper over.
Turn the paper over.
Fold the protruding little corner towards the centre of the paper.
Fold the protruding little corner towards the centre of the paper.
Bring the bottom end of the paper up and make the fold. The bottom flap should be shorter than the top part.
Bring the bottom end of the paper up and make the fold. The bottom flap should be shorter than the top part.
Tuck the corner of the bottom flap in between the layers of paper near the centre.
Tuck the corner of the bottom flap in between the layers of paper near the centre.
Turn over the paper and you have a no-frills toothpick holder.
Turn over the paper and you have a no-frills toothpick holder.
Store several toothpicks in the holder.
Store several toothpicks in the holder.

Origami Toothpick Case

The next tutorial is on how to make an origami toothpick case that can hold more toothpicks. The toothpick case protects both ends of the toothpicks and also prevents them from falling out. A useful origami item to have in your bag, wallet or briefcase, especially when you travel.

Follow the origami instructions below and use the correct paper size of 14cm by 14cm to fold this origami craft item.

Step-by-step instructions for Toothpick Case

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Cut out a square paper measuring 14cm by 14 cm.Make a horizontal crease line by folding the paper in half.Unfold the paper. Notice the horizontal line?Align the top edge of the paper with the horizontal crease line and fold in half.Unfold the paper. You should get another crease line near the top.Fold the top edge to align with the top crease line.Make another fold on the crease line.Bring the bottom edge to the middle crease line and press down on the paper to fold.Turn the paper over.Divide into thirds and fold the left one-third portion of the paper over the centre portion. Fold the right side so that it covers the two portions.Tuck the right side in between the layers of the left side.Turn the paper over and you should see a neat looking toothpick case.Carefully insert toothpicks into the origami case.
Cut out a square paper measuring 14cm by 14 cm.
Cut out a square paper measuring 14cm by 14 cm.
Make a horizontal crease line by folding the paper in half.
Make a horizontal crease line by folding the paper in half.
Unfold the paper. Notice the horizontal line?
Unfold the paper. Notice the horizontal line?
Align the top edge of the paper with the horizontal crease line and fold in half.
Align the top edge of the paper with the horizontal crease line and fold in half.
Unfold the paper. You should get another crease line near the top.
Unfold the paper. You should get another crease line near the top.
Fold the top edge to align with the top crease line.
Fold the top edge to align with the top crease line.
Make another fold on the crease line.
Make another fold on the crease line.
Bring the bottom edge to the middle crease line and press down on the paper to fold.
Bring the bottom edge to the middle crease line and press down on the paper to fold.
Turn the paper over.
Turn the paper over.
Divide into thirds and fold the left one-third portion of the paper over the centre portion.
Divide into thirds and fold the left one-third portion of the paper over the centre portion.
Fold the right side so that it covers the two portions.
Fold the right side so that it covers the two portions.
Tuck the right side in between the layers of the left side.
Tuck the right side in between the layers of the left side.
Turn the paper over and you should see a neat looking toothpick case.
Turn the paper over and you should see a neat looking toothpick case.
Carefully insert toothpicks into the origami case.
Carefully insert toothpicks into the origami case.
Paper Toothpick Holders look fabulous with different origami paper.
Paper Toothpick Holders look fabulous with different origami paper.

Origami Shirt Toothpick Holder

The next paper craft item to make is a miniature origami shirt for holding toothpicks. There are several ways to fold an origami shirt but this is the correct way to make a miniature origami shirt into a toothpick holder. Follow the pictures and instructions below to make the origami shirt toothpick holder.

The appropriate size of the paper to use is 15cm by 7cm.

Tip: An A4 size paper can be cut into six rectangular pieces of paper and they are just the right size for this origami project.

A4 paper cut into six rectangular pieces.
A4 paper cut into six rectangular pieces.

Step-by-step instructions for Origami Shirt Toothpick Holder

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Take a piece of paper measuring 15cm in length and 7cm in width.Fold the paper in half lengthwise to form the crease line.Unfold the paper. You should see a vertical line in the middle.Fold the left side of the paper in half so that its edge aligns with the line in the middle. Do the same with the right side.Fold the bottom of the paper up about 1cm.Pull out the corners of the paper to form this shape like an upside down roof.Turn the paper over and rotate it around so that the 'roof' is now at the top.Make a small fold at the bottom of the paper.Make another fold over the first.Turn the paper over.Fold up the bottom corners as shown.Rotate the paper around and fold the bottom edge of the paper to the top.Tuck the bottom under the collars and press down to finish making the toothpick holder. And, it looks like a polo shirt!
Take a piece of paper measuring 15cm in length and 7cm in width.
Take a piece of paper measuring 15cm in length and 7cm in width.
Fold the paper in half lengthwise to form the crease line.
Fold the paper in half lengthwise to form the crease line.
Unfold the paper. You should see a vertical line in the middle.
Unfold the paper. You should see a vertical line in the middle.
Fold the left side of the paper in half so that its edge aligns with the line in the middle. Do the same with the right side.
Fold the left side of the paper in half so that its edge aligns with the line in the middle. Do the same with the right side.
Fold the bottom of the paper up about 1cm.
Fold the bottom of the paper up about 1cm.
Pull out the corners of the paper to form this shape like an upside down roof.
Pull out the corners of the paper to form this shape like an upside down roof.
Turn the paper over and rotate it around so that the 'roof' is now at the top.
Turn the paper over and rotate it around so that the 'roof' is now at the top.
Make a small fold at the bottom of the paper.
Make a small fold at the bottom of the paper.
Make another fold over the first.
Make another fold over the first.
Turn the paper over.
Turn the paper over.
Fold up the bottom corners as shown.
Fold up the bottom corners as shown.
Rotate the paper around and fold the bottom edge of the paper to the top.
Rotate the paper around and fold the bottom edge of the paper to the top.
Tuck the bottom under the collars and press down to finish making the toothpick holder. And, it looks like a polo shirt!
Tuck the bottom under the collars and press down to finish making the toothpick holder. And, it looks like a polo shirt!
Origami Shirt Toothpick Holders.
Origami Shirt Toothpick Holders.

These origami toothpick holders can be placed next to the entrée when entertaining guests at home. Toothpicks are great for picking up appetisers. Your guests will be able to help themselves to these handmade toothpick holders if they need to use some toothpicks as cocktail sticks.

You can customise the toothpick holders with different themes and colours to suit the occasions. Be creative, use origami paper with different designs and colours for all your paper folding projects.

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      oceanuniverse, I'm glad you like the origami toothpick holders!

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      Glimmer Twin Fan, thanks for the lovely feedback!

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      oceanuniverse 3 years ago from California

      Nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      These are just beautiful. The colors are lovely and they are a great little gift item for someone. Another beautiful hub.

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      Earthy Mother, I hope you'll enjoy making the origami shirts as much as I do! Thank you for leaving a feedback here :)

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      Earthy Mother 3 years ago from South East England

      Amazing! I am definitely going to try to make the shirts! Have always been fascinated by origami xx

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      RTalloni, I know what you meant - too many crafts to make and so little time! Thank you for stopping by.

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      Just Ask Susan - I'd love to know how you use the origami toothpick holders :) Thanks for pinning and sharing!

      Paradise7 - Thank you for sharing your origami experience! Some origami crafts are trickier than others. These toothpick holders should be easy enough for origami beginners.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Nicely done hub! Making the shirts and using them to decorate handmade cards would be fun stuff.

      I love origami, but only take time to do it occasionally because I also love doing so many other crafts. :)

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      Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Our mother got us an origami book and paper when my sister and I were just girls. Maybe we were too young for it; maybe neither of us excels at crafts. We never managed to follow the instructions properly to arrive at what was intended. It's trickier than it looks! I still enjoyed reading this hub and looking at the cute pics of the shirt toothpick holders. Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love these kinds of hubs with great tutorials and pictures. I can think of so many ways to use origami toothpick holders. Pinning and sharing.

      Great job!

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      peachpurple - the origami toothpick holders are easy to make. The kids can help to make them if you need to make lots of toothpick holders for parties :)

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great craft for kids and me. I love origami. Your toothpick ori looks easy. Thank for the step-by-step pic.

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      Susan Recipes - I'm glad you like my origami tutorials. I hope you get to make some toothpick holders soon! Thank you for voting.

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      lady rain 3 years ago from Australia

      randomcreative - yes, these origami toothpick holders are fun to make and they are great for parties and weddings. Thank you for leaving a comment here.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... Great idea. Very well written hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Super cute! There are so many fun ways that you could customize this concept for parties and weddings. Thanks for sharing!