Origami Shirt & Tie Tutorial

DIY Origami Shirt and Tie

I am so excited to share with you today a fun card that is PERFECT for the man in your life. It can easily be given for a birthdayFather’s Day or even just because! And the best part is? It only requires 2 pieces of paper! No glue, no ribbon – just paper! That’s right – it’s ORIGAMI time!


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Several years ago when I was first introduced to the world of origami, I got super confused with all the folds and creases, but THIS one – I promise is easy! If can do it – you certainly can! Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you have a unique and memorable card for your guy!

Materials Needed: 

  • One 8.5 x 11 piece of paper (shirt)
  • One 5″ x 5″ piece of paper (tie)

Here is what you do to make the shirt:


Step 1: Start with an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper & fold it in half lengthwise to create a center crease and then open it back up again.

Step 2: Fold the left and right edges of the paper in towards the center crease to create 2 flaps.


Step 3: Take the upper inside edge of each flap and fold it outward as shown in picture 3 to create a “V” shape. The angle should start at about a quarter of a way down the page. These will be the sleeves!

Step 4: Flip your paper over so that the angled flaps (or “V”)  are now face down on the table and closest to you.


Step 5: Take the top edge of the paper and fold it down one inch. This is the first part of the collar.

Step 6: Flip your project back over so that the “V” is now facing up. Take the upper left and right corners and fold them in to meet in the center and with the edges meeting at about 1/4 inch from the top. You now have your collar!


Step 7: You are almost there! This is what your project should look like so far. How are you doing?

Step 8: Finally, take the bottom edge of your paper and tuck it under the collar. Crease and . . .

You now have your origami shirt! 


That wasn’t so bad was it? Now, you can leave it at that and have an amazing card OR, if you are up for some more folding, you can add a matching tie to the ensemble! Sounds fun right? Here we go . . .

Here is what you do to make the tie


Step 1: Start with a 5″ x 5″ piece of paper.

Step 2: Take any two opposite corners and fold to create a triangle. Then, unfold. This will leave a diagonal crease down the center of your square.

Step 3: Take the outside corners and fold them in so that the edge matches up with the diagonal crease you just created.

Step 4: Repeat with the other side. At this point your project should look like picture 4.


Step 5: Flip your paper over as shown in the picture.

Step 6: Take the top point and fold it towards you almost half way down.


Step 7: Now, take that point and fold it towards the top stopping just short of the edge of the paper (indicated by the dotted line).

Step 8: One more fold on this side! Take that point AND the under flap and fold it upwards along that imaginary dotted line. This is the knot of the tie. 


Step 9: Flip the project over. The project should look something like picture 9.

Step 10: Take the outside of the paper and match its edge with the middle crease. As you do this step, a little triangle will form (see the section that is circled in picture 10). Just gently ease it into position and crease down gently.


Step 11: Repeat with the other side.

Step 12: Flip your project over and you have . . .

an Origami Tie!


 Put them together and you have . . . .

one unique card! 


Now untuck your card to write your personalized message on the inside. It is that simple! Perhaps you can “tie” in the theme of the card with something like: 

“I hope this gift suits you!”, “Happy Fathers Day! Now – let’s celebrate in our birthday suits” {wink!}, “My favorite suit you wear is your birthday suit“, or “Suite up for a night of fun!”

Whatever you decide – the message is all yours! This card is unique, personal and PERFECT for the man in your life!

For gift ideas to accompany your AMAZING card check out our quick and easy collection of Father’s Day Crafts and Father’s Day Presents!

About the Author: Sarina

I met my Prince Charming when I was 15 years old and 12 years later we created our own happily ever after. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a handsome baby boy. I love dancing, photography & chocolate!

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17 Responses to Origami Shirt & Tie Tutorial

    1. Carmen – I got the paper I used from a scrapbooking paper packet. If you go to your nearest craft store, you will find hundreds of options! Good luck!

  1. I remember making these when I was young but I’ve forgotten how. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll pin so I won’t forget again. Found you at Polkadots on Parade party. Thanks.

  2. Super cute idea- totally making this with my girls for Father’s Day! And thanks Michelle- I just might add a picture of his face to the top. 😉

  3. My hubby made me one of these with a dollar bill a couple years ago for Christmas. He cropped a cute picture of his head and attached it to the shirt, then attached it to the end of his sweet letter. I thought it was such a cute idea! Now, thanks to you, I can learn how to do it myself! Thanks girl! xox