Origami Blintz fold

blintz fold A blintz fold is shown with:
   - a central cross-hair crease mark,
   - four valley folds (dashed lines),
   - and four filled (black) arrows.

The blintz fold requires that you bring the four corners of the paper towards the center. This fold is used when making an origami pinwheel and other easy origami models. The blintz fold may have been named after the blintz pastry which is folded in a similar fashion.

Origami Blintz fold

To make a blintz fold you must first make the central cross-hair creases which are then used as reference points for the corner folds:
  1. Valley fold and unfold the paper left to right.

  2. Valley fold and unfold the paper top to bottom.

  3. This will give you the crease marks for the blintz fold. For some origami models, it may be aesthetic pleasing to make small creases (notches) at the edges and/or at the center of the paper instead of making the creases across the entire sheet.

  4. blintz fold
  5. Using the crease marks made above, valley fold the four corners of the paper towards the center. Any sequence of folding may be used, but it may be more accurate to fold the corners of the page which are diagonal from one another and then...

  6. valley fold the remaining two corners to complete the blintz fold. If you fold the corners sequentially in a clockwise (or counter clockwise) fashion you may be tempted to use the edges of the first fold to position the second fold. Inaccuracies in the first fold will be amplified in the subsequent folds. Thus some folders recommend folding the corners on the diagonal as shown above.