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Toilet Paper Origami Made Easy

Mar 3, 2009

Toilet Paper Origami (also called toilegami) is the origami-style folding of toilet paper, seen in many luxurious hotels, spas, or even institutions of fine dining. In Japan, this form of origami is incredibly popular.

Most of the time, people tend to think of TP origami as the end of a roll of toilet paper taking the form of a triangle, however, some people have gotten even more creative, opting instead to create clamshell or fan shaped designs. Some origami enthusiasts have even go so far as to create flowers, boats, and butterflies at the end of a roll as a display of art form. Here’s how to do one fancy trick that’s sure to spruce up any bathroom:

The Pleated Fold

1.With the toilet paper still attached to the roll, pull out about 2 or 3 squares worth of Toilet Paper and stretch it towards you. Fold raw edge under about ½”.

2.Continue to fold the TP in an up-and-down, accordion fashion. Make at least 7 to 10 folds, the more the better. Compress the pleats into a tight stack.

3.Fold the stack of pleats in half towards you.

4.Squeeze the stack together pressing the creases firmly.

5.Release the stack of pleats and allow the folds to relax. Find the two pleats that are closest to one another (shown with arrow).

6.Expanded view; only two layers shown: Hold the two layers closest to one another and fold the corner to form a small triangle. Fold this corner once more to lock the two halves together.

7.Gently layer the pleated TP onto the roll. Arrange and fluff the TP until you have an inverted fan-like structure.

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32 Responses to “Toilet Paper Origami Made Easy”

  1. lindaloo - March 4th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Anyone interested in exploring Toilet Paper Origami should visit http://www.tporigami.com. This comprehensive collection includes many quick and easy folds that are a nice change from the point plus others that are more ornate.

  2. Ken - March 6th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the advice Lindaloo. I like your site!

  3. Webkatalog - March 18th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Really great post, well written, concise and comprehensive. Thank you.

  4. Master Mentalism - June 27th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I have seen toilet paper origamis in hotels and restaurants. Thanks for sharing this post, really informative.

  5. Molly - July 1st, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Do you think it’s worth the effort? How does toilet paper origami enhance your bathroom experience?

  6. Melanie - July 20th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Where is the photo that it says there’s an arrow showing which pleats it means? Thanks!

  7. best restaurants in jacksonville - August 23rd, 2010 at 10:27 am

    lol@Molly – how does TP orgami contribute to your bathroom experience???

    Who cares, it seeems to be an interesting and obscure type of “art”, if we can call it that.

  8. Ginny Corbett Photography - September 30th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    That might not hard as what I think of.Though there was no photo but I’ll surely try. This is good for occasions held at home. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Debora - October 9th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Ive seen some really impressive Origami while on holiday in Mexico, the maids are able to create the most difficult shapes in seconds, have a look at these towels, you have to wonder how they come up with such creative ideas!

  10. Molly - October 12th, 2010 at 6:54 am

    That’s so cool! Thanks for sharing Debora!

  11. Steven - October 19th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    it seems to be an interesting and obscure type of art. The maids are able to create the most difficult shapes in seconds, have a look at these towels. This comprehensive collection includes many quick and easy folds that are a nice change from the point.

  12. Art Studio 21 Photography - October 22nd, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I actually tried to do this. I never expected this to be difficult! 😉 It looks interesting though, in the end.

  13. Jenny@Katie Beyer Photography - November 10th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    This is great if you invited guests for a dinner at home. You can arrange your table and impress them with origami. I’m so excited to try and make one.

  14. Ginny Corbett Photography - November 26th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I am thinking on how and what to decorate for a limited budget. With only tissue at home, you can make the table setting more alive with different origami designs.

  15. locksmith training - December 1st, 2010 at 2:48 am

    You must be joking, who would want to do that knowing someone will shortly go and rip if off.

  16. Molly - December 1st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Just those few small touches make a difference in hospitality!

  17. Sandra - January 12th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I am thinking on how and what to decorate for a limited budget. With only tissue at home, you can make the table setting more alive. It seems to be an interesting and obscure type of “art”, if we can call it that.

  18. Care For Roses - January 17th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    what an artistic idea ! You can add beauty and art to the place by putting bundle of roses care in a bowl base with fresh water and a capsule to make the flowers stay longer.

  19. Natalie - March 19th, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I’ve seen this when we went to Singapore last year. Amazing! I never even knew that they were toilet paper until I took a closer look.

  20. sam@ pantone swatches - April 12th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    How cool! I didn’t know such a thing existed. I mean, I’ve seen toilet paper in hotels have a triangle tip at the end, but I didn’t think it was some sort of art form. Thanks for the little tutorial. However, I tried it and can’t follow it. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Do you think you can make a video?

  21. parker pens nz - April 22nd, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    With the toilet paper still attached to the roll, pull out about 2 or 3 squares worth of Toilet Paper and stretch it towards you

  22. فنادق مكة - April 26th, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Toilet paper origami really excellent and admired by many people noticed , thanks

  23. Heather - May 9th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    This is great if you invited guests for a dinner at home. This comprehensive collection includes many quick and easy folds that are a nice change from the point.

  24. Camden Place - July 27th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Hi Molly! I actually tried this … but not with tissue paper (sorry!). I tried it with cloth table napkins! I’ve always wondered how restaurants and hotels did this. Now I have something to show off at our next family barbecue. After all, it seems such a waste to try this with tissue paper. They’ll just get ripped off, probably without the person even noticing the artwork at all.

  25. Los Angeles SEO - November 22nd, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I have been so fancy hotels and restaurants and I must admit that I have never seem toilegami. I will have to look it up online.

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    Thanks for posting this informative information. Well done.

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