Everyday Origami

Ever found yourself with a CD or DVD without a sleeve to protect it? In this post, I present a fun and simple origami solution to the sleeveless DVD problem. While origami is often associated with sophistication and lots of spare time, it can serve in our daily lives, sometimes in surprising ways.

Origami, (from the japanese 折り紙, literally, folding (oru) paper (kami)), is a notoriously difficult art form where pieces of paper are folded—while avoiding cuts whenever possible—in various shapes of animals or other objects, an art sometimes pushed to incredible levels.

Download the PDF template for the CD/DVD origami here.

The CD and DVD are 4″¾ across (or so, they are 12cm exactly), so drawing the dotted square with 5″ sides will provide for some slack for the thickness of one or two CDs/DVDs and give you some error margin for folding. You make the folds a systematic fashion, say clockwise, as shown in diagram 1. The steps are shown in figures 1 to 5.

Diagram 1. Folding instructions

Diagram 1. Folding instructions


The sleeve template, just after printing

The sleeve template, just after printing


First Fold

First Fold


Second Fold

Second Fold


Third Fold

Third Fold


Fourth, Last Fold

Fourth, Last Fold

All that remains to do is to put a CD/DVD in!


The sleeve is large enough for a DVD. (Yes, yes, I know it's an old Ubuntu DVD)

The sleeve is large enough for a DVD. (Yes, yes, I know it's an old Ubuntu DVD)


DVD in sleeve

DVD in sleeve

Enjoy your new origami paper sleeve jutsu!

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