Turn Your Letter Into It`s Own Envelope.




This instructable will teach you have to fold your letters or notes into small self contained envelopes with a few simple folds.
Perfect for passing notes in class or saving room in your bag or drawer.

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Step 1: You Will Need,

You will need;

A piece of paper. This works with standard writting paper or regtangle shapes.

Your hands

A friend to read your secret message (optional, but more fun!!!)

Step 2: Step One

This part is easy. Fold the letter in half lengthways with the message inside the folded paper so it is hidden by the fold.

Step 3: Step 3

Open the paper out again with the message facing you. Now you need to fold the 2 outer edges against the centre fold you have just made.
On the photo I have folded one side to show you what I mean.

Step 4: Step 4

Now you need to unfold the two flap you have just made. Then you need to fold the bottom corners of the paper in.
The bottom of the paper corner should be against the outer fold lines each side making a triangle shape.

See the picture for details.

Step 5: Step 5

Next you need to refold the flaps to the centre, but keeping the two triangles you just made in place. Once you have done this you also need to fold the two top corners down to the centre line. This should make an arrow shape as seen in the picture.

Step 6: Step 6

Turn your letter over. You then need to fold the bottom of the letter up. This should be roughly a third of your letter length.

Step 7: Step 7

Fold the top flap down. You may need to experiment with this fold and the last fold so that it is even and the edges meet propally.

Step 8: Step 8

On to the last fold now.Nearly done. Once you have made a few of these your be able to fold it in seconds flat.

The flap we have made should have the arrow head shape we made in step 5. You should be able to pinch the two outer corners of the arrow together as pictured in the photo.

Tuck the two points of this fold inside the "pockets" of the layer below. They should slip in smoothly. Flatten the arrow shape back out but keeping the two points inside the pockets.The points should move into the corners of the pocket.

Congratulations your done. I find it helps to a mall arrow or write ull here on the tiny diamond tab that pokes out of the pocket.
Write the name of the person its for on the other side and away you go.

Thank you for reading my instructable.



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    21 Discussions


    Thanks. This was very helpful. By the way, you don't need an apostrophe for this ITS. The IT'S that is a contraction of IT IS takes an apostrophe, not this possessive pronoun. Have a great day.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Wait until you try making it before you say it's a good instructable. I found the instructions to be very unclear toward the end, and obviously, something is missing or wrong or ...something. I did manage to finally make a very close approximation to the one pictured here, but the size is so small it can't be mailed in the U.S. Post Office, and that's using a normal sized sheet of paper.


    3 years ago

    I made this but the resulting envelope is too small; the Post Office won't accept it, so it can't be mailed. And I used a regular 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. I have yet to find a way to make a mailable envelope from this normal size sheet of U.S. writing paper.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    That is very cool! I am totally using this for Father's Day!


    9 years ago on Step 5

    There is an additional fold in this step that is not shown in the photo.  After folding the top two corners down to the center line making an arrow shape as shown in the photo, while still looking at this side of the project, fold the arrow shape down.  After doing this, you will have a rectangle.

    This is a fun self-folding-envelope!!  Thanks!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    this envelope is so awesome . this is so awesome so i can send letters easily


    11 years ago on Step 8

    thanks now I can pass notes in class with out being caught


    11 years ago on Introduction

    this is good but i still think you could be a bit better on 6-8


    11 years ago on Step 8

    thanks! I've been looking over the net for simple, easy to understand instructions and you've have fianlly provided it.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    It would be good to see you address and stamp this. L (and a picture of you putting in a mailbox)


    Congratulations on your first. A few typos and spelling errors, and at step 6 (the photo), it's difficult to tell where the edge of the letter is. Aside from these minor problems, it's a good instructable. (So now when you write more instructables, you'll ask people to be nastier to them, right?)