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Thursday, April 26, 2012

envelope templates - origami and more

Origami Envelopes

Making an easy origami envelope only takes a few minutes and a bit of practice. Once you master the art of a basic envelope, you can expand your repertoire to other kinds of envelopes and origami projects. Origami envelopes are perfect for sending notes and many other craft projects. You'll find that these little envelopes can be very useful, not to mention cute.

Blue envelopes

Origami Envelope Instructions

Here are simple steps to create your easy origami envelope.
  1. Place the square of paper with the pattern side down.
  2. Use your pencil to mark the middle of the paper. You can use your ruler to draw two faint lines and mark where they cross with a dot.
  3. Turn your piece of paper so you are looking at it diagonally.
  4. Fold in the two sides so that the points meet your center dot. Crease the fold.
  5. Fold up the lower point just above the point where the side flaps end. This will seal the bottom of your envelope and create a pocket.
  6. Unfold the envelope entirely, making sure to open the sides. Fold the lower point in half so it has a flat top.
  7. Bring the sides in on top of the folded bottom flap.
  8. Turn out the top of each side point until they meet flat top of the bottom flap.
  9. Open the side points out again and fold in the turned out parts. Reverse the crease that you just made so that the pattern shows on the inside.
  10. Tuck the flaps back over the bottom fold and crease all the folds well.
  11. The top flap will tuck inside of the pocket you've created. You can also use a sticker or dot of glue to seal the envelope on the outside.
Another easy origami envelope project is described in the Origami Envelope slideshow.

Or a more standard A2 Envelope Template

A2 Envelope Template

Material Ideas: creative alternatives
  • Comics
  • Newspaper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Lightweight cardstock
  • Magazines
  • Wallpaper samples
You should note that if you are planning to send your origami envelope through the post office, you'll need to meet certain requirements for size. The envelope needs to be at least 3 ½ inches high and 5 inches long.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I love this idea for the paper I love and can't quite part with! Great idea!