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Origami Money Envelope

This tutorial, although more useful around Christmas and Chinese New Year, is one origami that I actually use quite often. I find putting money in a basic envelope boring, so I resort to this clean & classic paper-folding trick instead. Origami money envelope tutorial this way.

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Start out with a rectangular sheet of paper. This patterned paper is from my current favorite stack, DCWV Girlhood.

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Fold the rectangle in half, crosswise. (Boy, the term crosswise sure brings be back to my highschool days.)

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Next, fold back the top flap towards the bottom edge. It should be a quarter-sheet fold.

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Then, fold that same flap up, back to the last crease you made. This is now an eighth fold.

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Open up the last step, and make yet another fold. Now, a sixteenth fold.

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Fold that last fold over to create a pocket or flap. This fold will later serve as the envelope’s “belt” to keep the envelope secure.

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Move onto the bottom corner. Make a dog-ear fold with the bottom right corner.

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Repeat the dog-ear fold with the bottom left corner.

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Flip the sheet of paper over. Fold over one side, up until the edge of the dog-ear.

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Repeat the same fold on the other side. Make sure to fold these creases really well.

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Flip the sheet back over.

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Next, let’s work on the top flap of the envelope. Start out by folding the top all the way to meet the edge of the “belt.”

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Then, fold the top flap all the way down, making a center crease right across the center.

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These next couple folds are a little tricky. You will need to make small diagonal creases in the small rectangular sections above the center fold.

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On the right, make a ↘ fold from corner to corner.

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On the left, make a ↙ fold from corner to corner.

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Okay, let’s start finishing up this envelope. Unfold one layer of the bottom folds.

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Remember the dog-ear folds from earlier? Pop the triangle open, starting with one side.

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Repeat the same with the other side.

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After unfolding the triangles, fold the “belt” portion back down.

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Slowly tug on the middle of one of the dog-ear triangles upward.

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Just until you’re able to fold the side flap back towards the center.

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Take the corner dog-ear again, and tuck it under, securing the side flap in place.

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Repeat on the other side. Tug the center of the triangle dog-ear slowly, to fold the flap over.

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Tuck the dog-ear under, securing the entire bottom section in place.

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We’ll make a couple more dog-ear folds now. Fold the top corners, just until the first crease.

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Repeat on the other side. Are you starting to see our origami money envelope forming now?

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Much like earlier, pop the dog ear open.

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Fold inward until the creases align.

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Now, tuck all those folds inside the envelope. This is where the mini ↘ crease comes in handy.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Simply fold the top corner down.

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And tuck into the “belt” to seal!

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All done! Adorable, yes?

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Tag @mikkomix or @itrydiy when you post your final projects on instagram. I’d love to see your work! Happy crafting!

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