How to make an Easy Origami Vase with video

These DIY Origami Paper Vases truly require dedication and passion. My initial attempts at making them were disastrous, resulting in the unfortunate waste of numerous beautiful scrapbook papers.

I discovered these vases in the January edition of 91 Magazine, and they captured my heart instantly. However, it took until last week for me to finally embark on creating my own. To spare you the frustration of squandering your precious scrapbook paper like I did, I have thoughtfully included a generous amount of step-by-step photos. Furthermore, I have divided the instructions into four distinct sections, aiming to simplify the process for you. If you encounter any uncertainties along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comment section below.

Crafting these DIY Origami Paper Vases has truly been a laborious journey, but the end result is undeniably worth it. With careful attention and a touch of creativity, you can transform simple sheets of paper into stunning vases that will adorn your space beautifully. Let’s dive in and explore the wonders of origami together.

Materials needed

Scrapbook Paper,
A Bone Bolder or Ruler
Some glue,
Double Sided Tape or Fabric Tape,
And a jar or glass.

How do you make an origami Vase step by step?

Create a beautiful origami vase with these step-by-step instructions. This guide will walk you through the process of folding paper to transform it into an elegant vase. Follow along and bring a touch of artistry to your space with this DIY origami project.

Sure! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making an origami vase:

Step 1

To begin, grab a sheet of paper and fold it in half by bringing one edge to meet the other. Apply firm pressure and use a bone folder or ruler to create a defined crease.

Remember to flip the paper over and repeat the folding process on the other side to achieve a clean and precise fold.

Afterwards, unfold the paper and proceed to fold one of the edges towards the center, aligning it with the newly formed crease from the previous step.

Step 2

Proceed to mirror the process on the opposing side.

Once flattened, your paper will be seamlessly partitioned into four equitably sized sections.

Step 3

Let’s start by dividing our paper into eight sections. Place your paper on a flat surface and fold the first of the four sections in half once more.

Take the edge of the paper and fold it to align with the initial fold. Remember to firmly crease both sides of each fold using either a bone folder or a ruler.

Step 4

Please reopen your sheet of paper. Take one edge of the paper and fold it in a way that the edge aligns with the previous fold.

This folding technique will result in your paper being divided into three equal sections. Once you unfold it, you should notice four sections on one side and two sections on the other side.

Rotate your paper and repeat on the other side. Your paper should now be made up of eight sections.

Step 5

Let’s begin creating the diagonal folds. Grab the first corner of the paper and fold it in a way that the edge aligns with your initial fold, forming a right-angled triangle.

Unfold the paper to its original state. Now, focus on the same corner but skip the second vertical fold. Instead, fold it to meet the third fold from the right.

Step 5

Repeat the previous step for all four corners of your square, omitting the fourth vertical fold and aligning it with the fifth fold. Omit the sixth vertical fold and align the corner with the seventh fold.

Once you have completed these folds for all corners, your paper should resemble the top right image shown below.

Step 7

Take hold of your paper and delicately curl it. Gradually, the shape of your paper vase will begin to take form.

You might need to apply slight pressure in certain areas, as scrapbook paper tends to be slightly thicker than regular paper and may present more resistance when folding.

Step 8

For the medium-sized vase depicted below, I applied a few dots of glue and secured it with paperclips overnight until it fully dried.

Now, simply slide your completed origami tube over a jar or glass, and you’re finished!

Origami Vase Easy with Video

Frequently Asked Question

What materials do I need to make an origami vase?

You will need square-shaped paper, preferably lightweight and foldable. Origami paper or decorative craft paper works well.

What size should the paper be?

The size of the paper depends on the desired size of your vase. Generally, a larger paper size will result in a bigger vase, while a smaller size will create a smaller vase.

Can I use any type of paper?

While origami paper is commonly used, you can also use decorative craft paper, wrapping paper, or even recycled magazine pages. Just ensure that the paper is easy to fold and holds its shape well.

How do I make the diagonal folds?

Take one corner of the paper and fold it so that the edge aligns with the first fold, forming a right-angled triangle. Repeat this step for all four corners.

What if the paper is thicker and harder to fold?

If you’re using thicker paper, like scrapbook paper, you may need to apply gentle pressure while folding. Use your fingertips or a bone folder to help create clean and crisp folds.

Do I need to use glue to hold the vase together?

It depends on your preference and the type of paper used. If you want a more secure vase, you can use a few dots of glue to hold the folds in place. However, if you’re using traditional origami paper, folding alone should suffice.

How can I secure the vase while it dries?

To hold the vase together while it dries, you can use paperclips or clothespins. Simply clip them onto the edges of the vase to keep the folds in position until the glue is fully set.


Crafting an origami vase is a rewarding and creative endeavor. By following the step-by-step instructions and utilizing basic folding techniques, you can transform a simple sheet of paper into a stunning decorative piece. The process involves precise folds, strategic creasing, and careful attention to detail.

Throughout the journey of creating an origami vase, you will experience the joy of transforming a two-dimensional object into a three-dimensional work of art. Patience and persistence are key virtues as you navigate through each fold, ensuring accuracy and symmetry.

About the author

Chrissy is a freelance writer, teacher, and designer who creates content on origami and paper crafts. She runs the site Origami Step and makes her own origami tutorials for readers. She has been writing about origami since 2008 and is the founder of website Origami Step, where she creates videos, resources, and printable origami paper.