Origami Envelope Box Tutorial

origami envelope box tutorial
Chrissy Pk
Overview
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 box
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Learn how to make a nifty origami envelope box. This traditional origami model is very useful and can be used as a box or an envelope. It would make a nice invitation with the invite on a square piece of paper on the inside. This origami envelope could also be used to package flat things like hoop earrings, small necklaces, memory cards, teabags, or stamps, but the possibilities are endless.

What You'll Need

Materials

  • 1 square sheet of paper (thin origami paper or thin textured paper)

Instructions

  1. Origami Envelope Box Tutorial - Step 1

    1. Start with your paper with its white side facing up (if you have two-toned paper).
    2. Fold the paper diagonally in half both ways.
    3. Fold all four corners into the middle.
    4. Rotate the paper so that it is a square. 
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  2. Origami Envelope Box Tutorial - Step 2

    1. Fold the top and bottom to the center, unfold and repeat for the left and right edges.
    2. Unfold and this is what you should have.
    3. Unfold the top and bottom flaps, fold the bottom section up as shown.
    4. Fold the bottom section up again.
    5. Repeat for the top flap.
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  3. Origami Envelope Box Tutorial - Step 3

    1. Open the left and right flaps.
    2. Fold the right flap over to the left, signing with the second vertical center crease from the left.
    3. Push in the bottom left corner and flatten upwards creating a squash fold.
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  4. Origami Envelope Box Tutorial - Step 4

    1. Repeat for the top right corner.
    2. Fold the flap in the center back over to the right.
    3. Fold the left corner over to meet the right corner.
    4. Repeat the squash fold on the bottom left corner.
    5. Repeat the squash fold on the top left corner.
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  5. Origami Envelope Box Tutorial - Step 5

    1. Fold the flap over to the left to match the right one.
    2. Open out the "box."
    3. Flatten the top and bottom edges.
    4. Squash the box completely.
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  6. Origami Envelope Box Tutorial - Step 6

    1. Fold the right flap over to the left.
    2. Fold the left side of the flap back over to the right.
    3. Fold the top and bottom corners of the flap to the center creating a point.
    4. Repeat on the left flap.

    You should now have a cool origami envelope box. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect, just give it another try.

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