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This is a traditional model.

See, for instance

This model is the basis for other envelopes, notably the Exploding Envelope and the Envelope with Diamond Closure.

The model described here uses square paper and is also sometimes described as a pocket or a pouch.

Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 8

Description: This model is flat and rectangular in shape, very quick and easy to fold, but might need a little glue, sticker or tape to make it more secure.

Its finished size will depend on the size of the paper you are using.


This envelope can be used in scrap books, on top of gifts, for enclosing cards, notes, money, any small, flat object.

The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy or bulky.

Use it to decorate a gift. Place it flat onto the gift, or fold in half and secure at the back in an upright position.

Tuck a thank you note or small gift inside and use, folded in half, as a place card for a wedding or any other occasion.

Alternatively, a note can simply be folded into this model and decorated for a quick children's project or a personal touch.

These envelopes can also be used for advent calendars. Secure with a sticker or a dab of glue after they have been filled.

To make a hanging envelope, glue ribbon on the front of the envelope before folding the top triangular flap down. Then glue the flap in place for extra durability.

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 1

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape.

Step 2

  Fold the bottom point up to meet the top point to form a triangle. Crease and leave folded.

You should have a triangle with the closed long edge nearest you and the point facing away from you.

Step 3

  Fold the bottom left point of the triangle over to meet the bottom right point in order to form a center vertical crease line.

Crease lightly and unfold.

  Step 4

Fold the top point of the triangle, top layer only, down to meet the bottom edge.

Crease and unfold.

Step 5

Grasp the left bottom point of the triangle and fold it to the right so it reaches just past the center vertical crease line.

Crease and leave folded.

Step 6

Now do the same with the right point of the triangle, but tuck it inside the flap you have folded in the previous step.

It might take a little trial and error to find out exactly how far you should fold past the center vertical crease. The flaps should feel fairly secure when tucked into each other.

After you have folded in the left and right points of your triangle,  The left and right sides of your envelope should not be higher than the horizontal crease you made in Step 4.

Make sure your model has a rectangular shape and that the left and right sides are as straight as possible.

You should now have two triangular flaps, one tucked inside the other at the bottom of the model and two triangular one-layered flaps at the top.

Step 7

To complete the envelope, bring the point of the top triangle,  top layer only, down and also tuck it in behind the two bottom flaps.

Step 8

After filling your envelope with sweets, a note, small gift, keepsake etc. , close it by folding down and tucking in the remaining top flap of the envelope as you did in the previous step.

Leave as is or secure with glue, a sticker, ribbon or other closure and/or embellishment.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, October 2009