My daughter loves to Read Alotl (she also loves to Craft Alotl) and in case you hadn’t guessed by now, she ADORES Axolotls! So, as the self professed Corner Bookmark queen, we of course needed to make an Origami Axolotl Bookmark Corner!!
I am not sure what has taken so long for us to make some Axolotl crafts.. we made some custom pins a while back.. and that was it!
What are axolotls?
The axolotl, is part of the salamander family. Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that they reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis. Instead of taking to the land, adults remain aquatic and gilled. SOURCE They have a unique characteristics, in that they can regrow limbs, if they have lost one. They are very rare and are only found in a certain parts of Mexico.
I think with the advent of minecraft adding the minecraft axolotl… axolotls have become more mainstream! Which is fabulous, as they are such amazing creatures. No time like te present to make sure, we finally have a cute paper axolotl craft to celebrate! (We do have Minecraft bookmarks here focusing on creeper and the minecraft pig! I haven’t yet made a minecraft axolotl bookmark specifically. Watch this space!).
To make your Axolotl Bookmark Corner you will need:
Most axolotl drawings are made in pinks. But axolotls actually come in different colours (I think pink and black are most common). So as with all our crafts, you can choose whatever colour scheme works for you. We also chose a blue “base colour” for bookmark – to represent water. But again.. you can do whatever you like – in fatc you could make it axolotl colour and make it part of of the axolotl body!
Popular cartoon axolotl colours include: pink/dark pink, lilac/ purple, light yellow/ orange
- main bookmark colour (we chose blue) – 15 cm long x 15 cm wide is a nice bookmark size! But it is not an exact science!!
- Axolotl colour of choice – ideally two tones – we liked pink and rose
- Black marker pen for features and axolotl reading puns
- Glue stick
A printable set of worksheets is available in my teacher’s pay teacher’s store. These are designed for each printing and independent working in the classroom or a workshop setting. Purchasing these, also supports the upkeep of this website and is like buying me a cup of coffee! But I am also very happy for you to simply proceed and read the instructions below/ watch my instructional video tutorial!
The simples of all:
- Read alotl
- Craft alotl
- I love you alotl
…. you catch my drift!
How to make a Axolotl Corner Bookmark
Watch the very special Axolotl video tutorial on auto play or check out the step by step instructions below!
Basic Origami Corner Bookmark
First you will need to make a square out of your paper. Corner bookmarks need squares of paper, but here we show you how to create that perfect square!!
- Take your A5 sheet of paper and fold over one corner to create a triangle.
- Cut off the excess and rotate your triangle so the long edge is at the bottom and the right angle faces up. Make sure the top of the triangle is looking up and you have the long edge running perpendicular.
- Fold the lower right corner up to meet the top right angled corner.
- Repeat for the left side.
- Fold these two back open.
- Flip down ONE of the top sheets and crease.
- Now fold the flaps you created back up and tuck INTO your bookmark.
- Repeat for the other side
- Congratulations, you have just created your basic Origami Corner Bookmark!
Decorate the Bookmark as an Axolotl
Create the axolotl’s facial features
Your kawaii axolotl has the following key features:
- An oval head
- Simple face
- Frilly gills
I like to place my pink paper onto the brown bookmark and draw a rough outline to fit the size and shape of the bookmark. Then cut out the roundish/ ovalish face in pink.
Next take some pink paper and fold it, so you have six layers. Cut a simple gill (a bit like a rounded rectangle).
Fold some of the rose paper, so you have 6 layers. Place one of the pink gills on top as a guide and cut out some frills. They should be bigger than the light pink gill and wavey.
You have your basic axolotl face shapes.
Assembling the axolotl bookmark corner
Glue your gills and frills together.
Add a simple axolotl face. You can add rosy cheeks if you wish!
Glue the axolotl head to your bookmark! If you have chosen a pink bookmark, you could trim the top of the corner bookamrk now too, to help shape the head.
Finally, add your read alotl book lovers pun!
If you are here, because homemade bookmarks are your thing, then you HAVE to check out our 101 Corner Bookmark Designs. I kid you not, OVER 100 designs to choose from and all based on the basic origami bookmark: