Origami Square Envelope

Origami Square Envelope

This origami square tutorial does double duty. Not only can you fold your letters into a square, but you can also use it as a simple square envelope.

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For this tutorial, I used a sheet from the Colorbök Beach House Signature Collection, one of my favorite double-sided paper stacks. Cut a perfect square. The finished square size will have an edge length 1/3 of the original sheet. Keep that in mind if using the square as an envelope.

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You will start out by folding the square into three.

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You can mark the thirds with a ruler, or use a Scoring Tool ( Amazon | I Try DIY shop ) to make things easier.

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Make your creases sharp, so folding is easier later on. Just don’t over-crease such that your paper actually rips!

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Repeat the folds in the other direction.

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You should end up with nine small square sections.

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Next, make a diagonal fold. Remember that center square section? You can actually skip making creases in that area. Repeat the diagonal fold in the other direction.

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As you can see, when you avoid the center square section, you get a pristine unfolded base for your square envelope.

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Next, you’ll make more diagonal folds. This time, instead of folding one corner all the way to the other end, just fold the corner 2/3 of the way there. Repeat with all four corners.

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If you look closely, you’ll see a pinwheel shape with the folds. This is what you need to keep in mind for the next steps.

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Take two opposite corners, and pinch with your thumb and pointer fingers.

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Keeping the pinch, slowly twist both corners in a clockwise direction. It will feel like the corners are being pulled in opposite directions. I often tell students to “listen to the paper” when doing origami. Here, you should “hear” your paper wanting to collapse towards the center.

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You’ll know you did the right thing when your square ends up looking like a pinwheel with a square center.

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Now, let’s close this origami square envelope! Take the left flap and fold towards the center.

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Do the same with the bottom flap.

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And the right flap.

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Tuck the remaining top flap into the small pocket under the first/left flap. This will keep the square closed shut.

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All done!

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I checked to see if my I Try DIY stickers fit in my origami square envelope, and it sure did!

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What do you think? Will you use this origami tutorial to package some of your goodies?

I Try DIY | Origami Square Envelope

Tag @mikkomix or  @itrydiy when you post your craft projects on Instagram! I’d love to see what you’re working on. Happy Crafting!

February 15, 2016

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2 Comments

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    ai love colors

    August 4, 2016

    this is so cute. your one of my idols!
    i wish you could have seminars about diy-ing and more in the metro!

    • Reply

      mikkomix

      August 9, 2016

      Hi! 🙂 Thanks so much. Do keep an eye out! Craft Camp (www.craftcamp.ph) should be having a crafting weekend coming up!

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