How to Make Origami Envelopes

La Vida Crafty gets fold-y.
La Vida Crafty gets fold-y.
Kathy Cano-Murillo

Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

I never tire of scrapbook paper. In fact, the crafty OCD in me won't let me part ways with a single sheet. I have a list of ways I use my scrapbook paper in daily life and here is one of my favorites. It's simple, does not use any glue, and is great for giving cards or gifts to friends. Who can resist a pretty, hand-folded envelope?

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Kathy shares an envelope making how-to.
Kathy shares an envelope making how-to.
Kathy Cano-Murillo

Supplies: 1 sheet of 12-by-12-inch scrapbook paper

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Seriously, that's all! Well, for sharper creases you could use a bone folder, but it really isn't necessary.

Tip: Practice on a square sheet of cheap paper until you perfect the process so you don't ruin a beautiful piece of scrapbook paper!

You might want to practice on non-special paper first.
You might want to practice on non-special paper first.
Kathy Cano-Murillo

1. With the printed side down, fold the sheet diagonally from corner to corner.

You got this.
You got this.
Kathy Cano-Murillo

2. Turn the sheet so it is like a diamond and fold up the bottom point to meet the center fold.

How to Make Origami Envelopes
Kathy Cano-Murillo

3. Fold the bottom up again on the crease.

How to Make Origami Envelopes
Kathy Cano-Murillo

4. Fold the left side over.  

How to Make Origami Envelopes
Kathy Cano-Murillo

5. Fold the right side over.

How to Make Origami Envelopes
Kathy Cano-Murillo

6. Open the bottom crease on the right flap and press open into a diamond shape.

How to Make Origami Envelopes
Kathy Cano-Murillo

7. Fold down the top flap and insert the point into the sleeve of the diamond you just folded.

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