How to Fold a Horizontal Pull Tab Note

  • 01 of 09

    The Art of the Folded Paper Note

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    A finished pull tab paper note.

    Before cell phones, social media, and text messaging, people wrote notes to each other on paper. It was a fun way to pass notes in school and one that many kids and teenagers were very skilled at.

    There are many ways to fold notes and this project will show you how to create one that has been popular for years. The pull tab note creates a miniature envelope that keeps your secret message safe inside. The recipient can easily open it with the tab.

    You can use it to hide notes for your sweetheart or...MORE kids in unsuspecting places. It's a nice surprise in a purse, backpack, lunchbox, or anywhere around the house. After all, everyone loves to come across a special find and the hand-written note is a thoughtful gesture.

    Not only is this a fun, old-school way to send someone a note or letter, it's a quick and simple introduction to origami as well.

    Practice First

    It's best to practice making the pull tab note on a blank piece of paper. Afterward, you can unfold it to write your note, then fold it back up. It ensures that you don't waste paper or time if it doesn't come out like you expected.

    Once you become more familiar with the folds, you can write your note first, then fold the paper.

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  • 02 of 09

    Start With a Sheet of Paper

    Use a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

    Start with a blank 8 1/2- x 11-inch sheet of paper. This example shows white copy paper, but you can use colorful copy paper, lined notebook paper, or even graph paper. Just make sure it is standard letter size. If it isn't, you can trim it.

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  • 03 of 09

    Fold the Corners

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    Fold the corners of the paper.

    Turn your paper horizontally. Fold each of the four corners toward the center. This should create four equal triangles with a vertical line down the center.

    When you fold the corners, align the edges of your folds so the two triangles on each side line up evenly. There shouldn't be a gap between the edges of your folds.

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  • 04 of 09

    Fold the Top and Bottom

    Fold the top and bottom edges.

    Fold the straight top down toward the center and the straight bottom up toward the center. Everything should line up along the center fold of the paper. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Flip the Paper Over

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    Flip the folded side to face down.

    Now, flip your paper over so that the folds are facing down. The flat side of the paper should be facing up. 

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  • 06 of 09

    Fold the Paper Toward the Center

    Fold the side of the paper toward the center.

    Take the left edge of the paper and fold the paper toward the center of the paper, about one-third of the way. The tip of the triangle that appears on the left side should line up with the left edge of the paper.

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  • 07 of 09

    Fold the Right Edge In

    Similarly, fold the right edge in to the center.

    Taking the right edge of the paper, fold it toward the center as well. Now the left and right edges of the paper that you just folded should overlap in the center of the paper. 

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  • 08 of 09

    Tuck the Corners

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    Tuck away the corners.

    Lastly, take the corners of the right fold (which should be on top) and tuck them into the folds on the left side. Tucking the corners will keep your note securely folded until the tab is pulled.

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  • 09 of 09

    Pass It On!

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    The finished folded note.

    Your pull tab is in the center of the note. You can label it with the word "pull" or draw a fun arrow. You can unfold the note and write your note and then refold it. Flip the finished note to write your "to" and "from" message before giving the note to someone special.