Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tutorial: Origami Treasure Envelopes

These cute envelopes have a gusset so there is space inside to hold small items – buttons, beads, seeds, coins, paperclips.....whatever your treasure. When they are open the contents are easily visible without having to tip them out, which makes them very suitable for craft items.

A square piece of paper is needed. I recycle magazine pages with pictures, patterns or colour schemes that I like - the heavier weight of most magazine pages make nice sturdy envelopes, but any paper can be used. The samples for the tutorial use copy paper and origami paper because they were easier to photograph clearly.

Score centreline: fold in half, side to side, then unfold.
Fold sides into centre line created by middle fold. Unfold.
Fold top corners down to middle, lining edges up with centre line.
Fold sides in to meet at centre fold.
Score (fold and unfold) along the lines marked in picture:  Fold tip to baseline.  Fold baseline to midline just made.  Fold each bottom corner to the midpoint of the opposite side.
Fold bottom up. Match bottom corners to inside corners.
Push in sides and squash flat.

Fold top triangle down to form flap.
Fill with special treasures.
Seal with a sticker or tape, or tie closed with ribbon or string.

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