Learn how to fold an origami envelope with this easy to follow step by step tutorial. A simple way to turn a letter into its own envelope. No glue or complicated folds required.
This is another of those crafts I remember from school. How to turn a note or letter into a ready to post envelope. If you're a big fan of snail mail I think you're going to love these. They're quick to make and cute way to jazz up any note. You'll be whipping up set of these in no time.
To make my origami envelopes I used 12 x 12 decorative paper. It's thinner than standard scrapbook paper and easier to fold. I got this particular paper from a recent trip to Sostrene Grene. If you don't have any lightweight paper wrapping paper or gift wrap a good alternative.
If you’re new to origami make sure to check out these 3 Basic Origami Folds For Beginners.
1. Write out your note on your chosen paper. Alternatively you could write a separate note or card and fold it up to place inside your finished envelope.
2. Start by folding your paper in half with the pattern on the outside.
3. Open back out and fold the bottom edge up to meet the middle crease. The bottom half should now be divided into half to make 2 quarters.
4. Open back out and this time fold the bottom edge up to meet the crease you just made dividing the bottom section in half again.
5. Fold the bottom edge up to meet the middle again. You should see a crease about a third of the way up (marked by the arrows in the picture above).
6. Fold the top edge down to meet this crease.
7. Open back out and fold the bottom corners in to make a small triangle on each side.
8. Fold the sides in using the edges of the triangles as guides.
9. Fold the top corners in to make 2 triangles that will form the closing flap of your envelope. Use the crease you made in step 5 as a guide.
10. Fold down the top flap and refold along the crease.
11. To close your envelope tuck the top flap under the bottom flap.
Once you've made one I think you'll find it hard to stop. I made this whole stack in about 20 minutes. I've left them blank for now and popped them in my desk drawer. Whenever I need to write a quite note I've got some folded and ready to go. All I need to do is unfold them and jot down my message.