Toilet Paper Origami

Toilet Paper Origami is the origami-style folding of toilet paper. There are two ways to do this:
- fold the toilet paper while it is still on the roll, or
- fold a single sheet of toilet paper.

Fold Toilet Paper while still on the Roll

This is seen in some upscale hotels where the cleaning staff will fold the first sheet of toilet paper into a triangle. The triangulated toilet paper informs the guests that the cleaning staff has been there, and has finished cleaning the room. The act of folding the first sheet of toilet paper into a triangle has spread to many hotels and to many countries. Some suggest that this behavior is a form of meme.

Some hotels and resorts have taken toilet paper origami one step further by making more elaborate folds:
  • Left: classic triangulated toilet paper origami
  • Middle: pleated toilet paper inspired by HotelChatter
  • Right: pleated-tuck toilet paper inspired by P O'Brian

Folding toilet paper into a triangle is so prevalent that an elderly Japanese gentleman invented an automated toilet paper folding machine called "Meruboa". With the push of a lever, Meruboa will fold the first sheet of toilet paper into a perfect triangle. Manufacturers plan to make over 10,000 Meruboa holders per month, valuing over one billion yen per year. Original references no longer available but images of Meruboa can be seen here, estimated at $75 each.


Classic Triangle Fold
Diamond Fold
Pleated Fold
Pleated Tuck

Simple Boat

Origami Butterfly
Origami Leaf
3D Origami Tree
Origami Bird

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Stephen Gill spent 3 years photographing the folded toilet papers in hotels from various countries. He published a 52-page book called Anonymous Origami which shows the folded toilet papers. Linda Wright published a book showing how to fold elaborate origami designs with toilet paper. These TP creations are above and beyond the expected (see below for book review).

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Folding one Sheet of Toilet Paper

Folding origami from one sheet of toilet paper is an example of how origami can entertain and amuse people of all different mindsets. If you are going to sit for a long time, why not fold an origami flapping bird with toilet paper?

Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses

When designing this web page, we stumbled upon wedding dresses completely made of toilet paper. Interestingly, they are all very beautiful: some have origami-like roses, pleats, and weaved pattern not unlike the origami creations made with paper. Toilet paper origami wedding gowns use glue and/or tape only. See 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005 collection. [Photos from]

More TP Stuff

toilet paper praying mantis Other interesting toilet paper links marginally related to origami.

Amazing origami stegosaurus, praying mantis, and Pegasus made from toilet paper. These are advertisements for All Bran cereal. See them here.

toilet paper art

Don't throw away those cardboard toilet paper tubes! You can convert these into cut-out/collage art like the ones done by Anastassia Elias. Small in size but big on details, these toilet-paper tube art look great in silhouette. Each piece tells a story much more interesting than the original humble cardboard tube. See more here.

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Toilet paper folder and dispenser prototype made with Lego pieces (by dayammerkid). This dispenser is quirky & fun and shows the innovative nature of the creator.

Toilet paper dispenser Deluxe model by tp4unme. This dispenser is more serious: designed for people who have had a stroke or are incapacitated in other ways. Comes with hands-free, infra sensor so as to avoid contamination.

Cartoon courtesy of Tim Whyatt.

Some toilet paper have interesting prints on it such as hearts, monograms, even Sudoku and $100 toilet paper. Browse from an incredible selection of TP here.

If you want to fold origami with TP but don't know how, you can have the instructions printed on the TP like this.

toilet paper origami book

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