How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Here’s another throwback to my letter-writing note-passing highschool days. I’ve posted this Pull-Tab Note tutorial before, and so I’m following it up with something similar. It’s similar to the origami money envelope, but is definitely simpler. To sharpen your letter-folding origami skills, read on!

I rediscovered my Handy Dandy Paper Stack by DCWV the other day, so I decided to use some sheets for this tutorial. Boohoo, DCWV seems to have discontinued this totally adorable paper stack! 😭 I cut out a rectangular sheet to US Letter size (8.5 x 11 in). These dimensions work best, but any comparable dimensions should work just as well.

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Start out by folding one corner to meet the opposite edge of the paper, forming a triangle.

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Undo the fold, and repeat with the other corner.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

You’ll end up with what I call pyramid folds. Gently allow the sides to pucker and collapse inward. I usually tell workshop participants to listen to the paper and the folds, not going against what comes naturally.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Next, take the right corner of the triangle to meet the top corner.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Repeat with the lefr corner.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Once done, it should look something like this.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Next, take the right triangle, pucker and collapse the folds to form a square.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Repeat on the other side.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Once done, it should look something like this. Next, take the center corners of the two squares.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Pull gently, and fold towards the opposite corner of the squares.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Fold and score creases.

 

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

You’ll notice a small downward pointing triangle in the center. Fold this flap upwards.

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Next, fold the top most triangle downwards.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

The triangle should perfectly meet and match up against the center folds.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Tuck the peak of that triangle fold in and under.

 

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

This will hold the top portion in place.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Next, fold the right flap over towards the center.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Do the same on the left side.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Next, fold the bottom right corner, meeting the center fold.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Repeat on the left side.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

We’re almost there!

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

Lastly, tuck in the bottom flap in and under the top flap.

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

All done!

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

These cute little letter envelopes make for perfect in-class note-passing. Please don’t tell your anyone I said that. 🙂

I Try DIY | How to Fold a Letter into its Own Envelope

 

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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