Easy Origami Envelope

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If you’d like to make these cute little “Flap Lock” Origami Envelopes–all you’ll need is a piece of square paper…any size. I used Christmas scrapbook paper.

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1. Fold the paper in half to form a triangle.

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Make sure your edges are even.

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2. Take the top corner of the first layer and fold it down to the bottom edge.


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3. fold the right corner about 1/3  of the way to the left.

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4. Take the left corner and fold it to the other end. Your envelope should be rather square shaped now.


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5. Fold the point of the flap over the other flap back to the left edge of the model.

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6. Fold the point of the flap up to the top corner of the flap.

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6. Make a squash fold on this flap.

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7. Make sure you flatten it well, as this will help secure the envelope closed.

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8. Fold the very top point down to the bottom edge. Or, the bottom edge of the square you formed by “squashing.”

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9. Put the top flap (the portion you just folded down) into the “pocket” that was formed by the squash fold.

And there you have it!

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Now scurry off and make a million of these–or at least 24 if you’re using them for the Family Advent Countdown Calendar.

51 Replies to “Easy Origami Envelope”

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  2. Really cool. I’m starting a career as a designer and this will be such a great tool for presentations or whatever I can think up. I found that for steps 3-4 it is best to make the tip of the fold from right to left meet the inside corner of the bottom left side. Just a tip to make them perfect. Thank you!!

  3. love these envolopes!

    i now have a use for all the scraps iv collected over the years! 🙂

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  5. This is too cute! I love that I can make envelopes to completely coordinate with my handmade cards now! I had been struggling with how to creat my own envelopes SIMPLY. Thank you!

  6. Just Stumbled in and was delighted with your tutorial. I love dabbling in origami and plan on sharing this with a gf that makes her own cards.

    Happy crafting!

  7. Can’t wait – my children can draw a valentine for their classmates and fold it into an envelope at the same time. No more drug store Mickey Mouse cards. Thanks

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  9. Thank you. My son has just lost his first tooth and I’ve made this to put his tooth in for the Tooth Fairy.

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  11. These envelopes are so cute. I’m thinking about writing a letter to some of our grandchildren on a square sheet of paper and then folding it into an envelope. I think they will be amazed at how clever their grandmother can be. ;o)

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