Making Perfectly Square Paper
And Other Cutting Tips
Unless otherwise specified in the folding instructions, paper for
origami must be perfectly square. Or, if some other shape, such as a
rectangle or triangle, it will likely need to have been made from paper
that started as a perfect square.
Probably the most well-known method of cutting a square out of a
rectangular sheet of paper is the technique of folding one corner to
meet the opposite edge. >
If it’s not square, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll be both frustrated and less-than-satisfied with your finished project.
Our Number One favorite tool for cutting is this 12 in / 30 cm Premium Crafter’s Trimmer by Fiskars™.
You can quickly cut all kinds of paper into perfect squares, rectangles, and triangles.
Love it, love it!
has a guide wire that lets you precisely position the paper for
cutting, and a swing-out arm that lets you work with paper up to 15
Many print shops or copy centers will have a large-scale cutter like this that you can use free of charge.
old-fashioned guillotine-style cutters. It’s nearly impossible to cut a
square with them, and they can be dangerous. Please be careful when
using cutting tools, including scissors!
This method relies, first, on the
paper having two perpendicular edges and, second, on you folding one of
those edges to the other. If you want a smaller piece of paper, this
method probably won't work.
avoid the diagonal crease, you can lay one rectangular sheet on top of
another of identical size. Mark a cut line on the lower sheet
using the upper sheet as a guide. >
When relying on a fold line for cutting, it might be helpful to have a pencil line as your guide.
You could use a ruler to mark the line.
Or hold the paper folded on the cut line and run a fine-tipped pencil down the crease.
We like a mechanical-style pencil and a clear ruler for marking.
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