Introduction: Origami Chick Envelope

For some reason, a large half of my friends and family have birthdays in September and October, so this is the time of year that I start scrambling to buy presents and cards for everyone. Since I have a little more time on my hands this year, I've decided to made handmade birthday cards. I've been experimenting with Pop-Up Birthday Cards, but I just recently discovered origami envelopes, which are easily customizable into adorable animals.

Here's a cute origami chick envelope that I made for a good friend - hope you guys enjoy!

Step 1: You Will Need

  • 1 large, square yellow paper
  • small pink and orange paper
  • black pen
  • glue
  • scissors

Step 2: Crease the Base

As you may have guessed, the big yellow paper is going to be your envelope base. Fold it in half diagonally twice (producing a triangle 1/4 the size of the original square). Then unfold the last diagonal fold to get a large triangle 1/2 the size of the original.

Step 3: Fold Envelope Bottom

Take the top of the triangle (on the left in this picture) and fold in down along the middle crease until the tip meets the end of the paper. Then, taking about 1cm of extra room, fold the right and left corners of the triangle over to make the rectangular shape of an envelope.

Step 4: Close Envelope

When you folded the right side of the triangle over in the previous step, you may have noticed that the corner went over the middle crease. Fold that overlapping corner back along the middle crease and collapse it to make the diamond shape in the second picture.

To close the envelope, fold over the top flap and neatly tuck the tip into the diamond seal that you just created. You've now finished the base of a classic origami envelope.

Step 5: Add the Beak

Now that you've finished a regular envelope, it's time to make it start looking a little more like the adorable chick you saw in the cover photo.

To make the beak shape, fold down the diamond seal of the envelope half to make a triangle. Using the orange paper, cut out a small triangle of the same size and glue it to the envelope. You can make the chick chirp by opening and closing the flap!

Step 6: Make the Cheeks

Adding blush to baby animals is the best way to make them cuter! Cut out two small pink circles and glue them near the bottom two corners of the envelope.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Taking the black pen, draw in the chick's eyes, and then customize your card to whoever you're giving it to.

Flip the envelope over to fill in an addressee.

Open up the envelope and write a nice message directly inside!

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