Easy Origami Tato Envelope Tutorial

  • 01 of 05

    Easy Origami Tato Envelope Instructions

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    Learn how to make a simple origami 'Tato' envelope with these easy to follow step by step instructions. These origami envelopes are traditionally used to give money.

    These pretty origami Tatos or envelopes make a great alternative to store-bought cards and envelopes and you can even include a small gift inside too.

    You can also stick the flaps down, cover in PVA glue and use them as pretty placemats or hanging decorations.

    For this envelope you will need one sheet of square paper, you don't need to use special origami paper, although it's nicer. It also helps if your paper has a different color or pattern on each side so that the design shows.

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  • 02 of 05

    Beginning Folds

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    The Spruce / Chrissy Pk
    1. Start with the paper diagonal, like a diamond.
    2. Fold the paper in half, left to right, then fold it top to bottom. You will be left with creases as shown.
    3. Fold the bottom corner up, with about ​one-third of the point above the central fold. It doesn't have to be exact.
    4. Now fold the flap back down, making sure that it aligns with the coral fold (it may not reach the bottom).
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  • 03 of 05

    Start the Pinwheel

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    The Spruce / Chrissy Pk
    1. Fold the flap up to the very center.
    2. You will now repeat these steps on the other corners. Fold the right corner over to meet the one-third edge of the bottom section.
    3. Fold the flap back to the right, keeping aligned with the center.
    4. Fold the flap back to the left.
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  • 04 of 05

    Continue Folding

    origami money envelope
    The Spruce / Chrissy Pk
    1. Repeat on the top corner.
    2. Repeat on the left corner.
    3. This what you should have.
    4. Open the left flap out again, we will be opening the bottom flap a little as well.
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  • 05 of 05

    Finishing Up

    origami money envelope
    The Spruce / Chrissy Pk
    1. Push the left flap into place whilst holding the bottom flap open a little.
    2. Make sure to flatten it nicely and you're finished!

    If you'd like to try more there are numerous other origami envelopes as well as a different variation of this tato envelope.