How to Make a Paper Envelope! :)





Introduction: How to Make a Paper Envelope! :)

         Today We are going to take a paper envelope out of one piece of paper. It is very simple to remember how to do this. Hope you enjoy! 

Step 1: Supplies


1. Paper (obviously)
2. Pencil

Step 2: Making the Initial Folds

First, you need to fold the top corner (doesn't matter what side you do first) down till you stop about 3/4 of the length of the paper. Do the same with the other corner until you get two nice creases.

Step 3: Fold the Two Creases In

Next, you need to fold the two creases in. If you don't know what I'm talking about than look at the picture.

After that you will need to pull the ends of the triangle you just made up to the top of the triangle. Do this to both ends.

Step 4: The Little Squares

 Now we take the little triangles we just made and pull the sides of it out and push it down to make a square. Do this to both triangles.

After you do that, take the little ed flap of the square and push it to the corner. Do this to both squares.

Step 5: Poke the Top Through

Next you need to take the little triangle in between the two other triangles (the triangles that used to be squares)  and fold it up.

Then, you need to push the top point of the whole thing and fold it under the flap we just made.

Step 6: Fold the Sides In

On this step, what you want to do is fold the sides in.

Next, you fold the bottom corners of the fold we just made into a triangle.

Step 7: Poke the End of the Triangle Into the Top Flap

This is the final step! :)

All you have to do is poke the end of the triangle into the flap that we put the top into

Step 8: You Are Done! :)

Now you can enjoy your envelope and give notes to anyone you want to. :)

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For doing this at 12, not bad. I use the envelopes to hold my loaded USB Sticks and SD cards. This way, I know what is on them, and harder to lose.

Made it after a little struggle at Step 4. In Step 4, you are opening the triangles you just made so it is like a pocket. Then you can take the corner to make it into a square. The final result is solid, even without using tape. It's a bit small, but perfect for what I needed.


I think i did it right..?
And nice try with tutorial you did way better than i ever could


I do realize step 4 sucks, and I'm sorry for that.

I regularly make and fold stuff and this tutorial literally just pissed me off. You skip steps and it's hard to hell how you got where the next step is. I was annoyed when pretty much after step 4.

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I made this "instructable" when I was 12. Yes, it sucks, but I will not take time out of my schedule to improve it. Either suffer through the poor tutorial and hopefully make it out with an envelope, or move on to some other tutorial. I'm not wasting my time on this, there are way more important things to focus on.

Just what I was looking for, thanks, had some strugle with step 4 but worked it out :)

The end result is amazing. I was able to follow it, but I think that's because I have done some origami before.

I think it could do with a little more detail, especially at steps 4 & 5.

If people get stuck, maybe do some of the easy pieces at as many of the folds are similar.

But as an envelope, this is the best one I've seen.

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Thanks for the positive feedback! I realize that this instructable is pretty hard to follow at some points. I have been taking new pictures and will update this tutorial in the next week or so. I hope that it will make things more clear for everyone! :)

Hi could you explain this step in a bit more detail please?

Well you lost me at step 4

Tell me how this works out for you. :)