How To Make An Origami Shirt

DIY Origami Shirt and Tie

I am so excited to share with you today a fun origami shirt card that is PERFECT for the man in your life. It can easily be given for a birthday, Father’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! This card can be a fun keepsake on its own, but you can also open it up and add a sweet note inside. This is also a great idea for those older kids who want to get involved.

This is going to be the cutest DIY origami shirt card! Can't wait to gift it to my husband. #OrigamiShirtandTie #DIYPaperShirt

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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 I 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)

If you want a really punchy origami shirt and tie, then we suggest mixing patterned paper with solid paper. The solid together with a pattern makes it a fun, realistic look.

How to Make an Origami Shirt

To teach you how to make an origami shirt and tie we have step-by-step photos to guide you along.  If you take it each step at a time, then you will do fantastic! So let’s begin with the paper shirt!

Follow these steps to fold your own origami shirt and tie.

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 to take one side of the paper to the center crease.

Step 2: Repeat with the other edge of the paper to create 2 flaps.

Origami shirt and tie cards are great for the man in your life.

Step 3: Take the upper inside edge of your first 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.

Step 4: Repeat with the other side. These will be the sleeves! Flip your paper over so that the angled flaps (or “V”)  are now face down on the table and closest to you.

Instructions on how to fold your own paper shirt and tie

Step 5: Take the top edge of the paper and fold it down about 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 paper shirt 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!

Origami Shirt and Tie Cards

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

How to Make a Paper Tie

The shirt itself is super fun, but the tie kind of kicks it up a notch or 10! Find a coordinating piece of paper, cut it to size, and then you are ready to go! Let’s make that origami tie:

How to Fold a Paper Tie

Step 1: Start with a 5″ x 5″ piece of paper. 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 2: Take one outside corner and fold them it in so that the edge matches up with the diagonal crease you just created.
Tie origami steps for Father's Day

Step 3: Repeat step 2 with the other side of the tie.

Step 4: Flip it over. At this point, your project should look like picture 4.

How to fold a tie.

Step 5: Take the top point and fold it towards you almost halfway down.

Step 6: Next, take that point and fold it towards the top stopping just short of the edge of the paper.

Make a shirt and tie card.

Step 7: One more fold on this side! Take that point AND the under flap and fold it upwards. This is the knot of the tie. (This is the trickiest section – note how there is a little jog where the fold is – mimic that).

Step 8: Final steps coming up for the tie! First, flip the project over, next take the outside of the paper and match its edge with the middle crease.

How to fold a DIY shirt and tie card tutorial

Step 9: Repeat with the other side. As you do this step, then a little diamond will form. Just gently ease it into position and crease down gently.

Step 10: You did it! Just slip it under the collar and you are good to go! You just made an origami tie!

Origami shirt and tie cards

Gifting Your Origami Shirt

Your fantastic creation is now ready to gift! I loved the thought of folding the origami, then pairing it with an actual shirt and tie for a special preset. And another option, depending on your shirt, the origami shirt and tie might even fit in the pocket!

This shirt and tie are sure to make him smile.

But before you get to gifting, feel free to kick it up a notch by writing a special note on the inside of the paper shirt.


First, untuck your card, then 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”
  • “Suite up for a night of fun!”

Make a special card, then add a special note.

Whatever you decide – the message is all yours! This card is without a doubt, 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 Romantic Gifts for Him and the Diva’s Gift Guide for Him.

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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  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. 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