Decorative Belt

With heavy wrapping or coloured craft paper, any youngster can make a decorative belt. Sixty or seventy pieces of paper about 4 1/2 by 2 1/4 in. in size are required. Each piece is folded lengthwise as in Fig. 19, A, after which each edge is folded to the center crease, B. The ends of this strip are brought together, C, to make the center crease. Then the ends are folded to this crease, as at D. This piece is joined to another, made the same way, by inserting the ends of the latter between the folds, E, and pulling both together firmly. Other pieces are added similarly to produce a belt of the required length.



An article about paperfolding entitled ‘Folding Paper is Fun for Everyone’, written by Allan Carpenter, appeared in the April 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.

The Public Paperfolding History Project


This project aims to collect information from verifiable historical sources from which a more reliable narrative of the development of paperfolding can be shaped, and to make it publicly available for everyone to study and enjoy.

It is David Mitchell’s intention to record everything he can discover about paperfolding history up to and including 1970 and some later events such as the history of modular origami design.

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