Text-Only Instructions -

Credits and Resources:

                This model was originally adapted from an envelope that was available from (Content copyright 2008

This site is however, no longer available on the Internet.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

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: Rectangular, any size; use large paper, copy or printer paper will work well, to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 10

Description:  This is a fairly secure, flat envelope with a triangular flap and a horizontal pocket at the bottom. 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 calenders. Secure with a sticker or a dab of glue after they have been filled.

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

Step 1

Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges facing left and right and the long edges top and bottom, or in the landscape orientation.

Step 2

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold the two top corners downwards toward the center, aligning the edges with the vertical crease line you folded in Step 2.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 4

Now, fold the entire bottom edge up so it just touches the edges of the triangular flaps made in the previous step. Crease and leave folded.

Step 5

Next, unfold both top triangular flaps but not the bottom horizontal flap.

Step 6

Fold the left edge toward the middle, stopping about a half inch from the center vertical crease line.

Repeat with the right edge.

Crease well on both sides and unfold again.

Note that three vertical crease lines have now been formed.

Step 7

Fold the left bottom corner up so the bottom edge meets the first vertical crease you encounter.

Repeat the same fold on the righthand side.

You should now have two small folded corners at the bottom left and right of the paper.

Keep them folded for the next step.

Step 8

Refold the side flaps along the creases you have made previously, so they look the same as when they were first folded in Step 6.

You will end up with a shape resembling a cupboard with a small, vertical gap at its center.

Step 9

Fold the top corners down along creases that are already there from a previous step so they meet the vertical crease in the center and the flaps form a triangle at the top of the model.

Step 10

Now bring the tip of the triangle down and tuck it into the envelope’s horizontal bottom flap as far as it will go.

Make a strong horizontal crease to form the top edge of your envelope and make sure that all other edges are straight and neat.

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, August 2009