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Make a Simple Page Corner from a Sticky Note December 12, 2006

Posted by caveblogem in Books, how to, lifehack, Origami, Other.

When I was in graduate school I used to use lots of sticky notes to mark passages of books I was reading.  These would look pretty ugly after being taken around campus in a book bag and crunched up on shelves and such.  Then somebody invented tape flags, which didn’t look quite as bad after some use, but could (like the sicky notes) tear a book when you remove them.  When they lose their stickyness they sometimes get accidentally pulled out.  And they did get bent and creased after a while, too.   And sometimes the sticky stuff gets on the pages of the book.

For a few years now I have mostly used page corners that I have made myself, old-school origami style, or the corners of envelopes, which you just cut off.  Downside to the former is that they are a pain in the neck to fold.  Downside to the latter is that they are only infrequently attractive, and I don’t get as much snail-mail as I used to.  Additionally, it is hard to remember which page you intended to mark.  Is it the front of the corner, or the back?

So today I give you the sticky-note page corner, a wicked genetic hybrid of the two that solves all of your bookmarking needs.  (By the way, Sulz just pointed out to me that I had forgotten to write that clicking on these pictures will enlarge them.)

Start with a square sticky note. 

Stick it to a flat surface and fold it in half from the bottom so it looks like this.

Then fold it side to side the other way.

And unfold it and flip it over so it is sticky-side up.


Then fold it corner to corner.

Then corner to remaining corner so it looks like this.

Then stick it together so that is looks like this.

And then this.

As you can see, the sticky parts hold together so that one side flaps open when you open the book. 
This is the page that you are marking. 

And doesn’t that look better than the sticky notes shown here?  It can’t get bent out of shape or creased, or accidentally pulled out, because it is right there in line with the pages of the book.

If you wish, you can emphasize the page that it marks by making another crease or two, which gives you a little arrow, like so.

Isn’t that better?


1. sulz - December 12, 2006

neat idea, but you might want to enlarge the photos, it’s pretty dark and that makes it somewhat hard to see… :)

2. caveblogem - December 12, 2006


Thanks. I always forget to tell people that clicking on these thumbnails will enlarge the pics. Does it enlarge them enough?

3. sulz - December 13, 2006

you can tell i hardly post pictures in my wordpress blog, heh. :P now i’m going to waste half a dozen post-its before i can get the knack of this.

wish this terrible origamist luck!

4. caveblogem - December 13, 2006

I used to post full-size pics, but then I found a template I really liked that kept getting messed up, even with very small pictures. Never seems to happen with the thumbnails, though. I wish you good luck, sulz, with origami. I didn’t have the patience for it until I was in my mid-thirties.

5. lovelyloey - December 15, 2006

(And through doing this I realized that free/sponsored PostIt I received from some company isn’t square after all. )

6. caveblogem - December 16, 2006

Thanks, lovelyloey. Some of the things I think up and post here I wonder if anyone else in the world would actually use. It’s nice to hear that there is someone. You might try cutting off part of the free sticky note to get a square. It’s better than buying them.

7. DyNama, King of Post-its - September 8, 2007

cool! if you make another crease or two to make the little arrow, you can’t avoid putting some of the sticky on the page of the book, can you? i’ve tried various edges and either i have sticky on the point of the arrow or else the arrow is made from the non-sticky part and the sticky strip is the part that slips over the corner of the page. i of course buy post-its because i’m crazy for them!

8. Sticky-note Page Corner Bookmark Redux « Pretty Good on Paper - September 8, 2007

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9. game online shoot turkey - December 15, 2008

I like this wishes

10. Aks - January 14, 2009

Very very innovative,
Thanks for the brilliant idea

11. Anonymous - November 2, 2009

That is so retarded and lamee.

12. diet journey - May 7, 2015

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