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Origami envelopes all dressed up
I used pages from a fairly large magazine (Elle Decor).

YES you can mail these! Even though they're small, if you still have an address and a stamp, they'll be sent. =)

There are a few steps but it's really easy to do and to remember, especially if you send a lot of things!

**It takes about mins to do, +10 for drying/pressing!

Posted by autumn rae from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, United States • Published See autumn rae's 8 projects »
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  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 1
    Step 1

    Choose the paper you like!

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Turn the side you want to use FACE-DOWN and then fold it over to make a triangle.

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut off the excess strip. You can go ahead and throw it away, or save it if you want to use it for another project! You won't need it for anything here. =)

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pick the side you want to use for the addresses/stamp. Turn it face-down. On the side facing you, fold down the middle of the triangle to make a new, upside-down triangle, like in the picture.

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Fold the right side so that it makes a side-ways triangle. It should be about 1/3 of the way across, but if you want the envelope to be wider, put it closer to the center (to make the envelope more square-like, fold it toward the left side as far as you like).

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat for the left side. Only this time you have to make sure that the sides on the top are EVEN. One side cannot be taller than the other or the envelope will be crooked!

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 7
    Step 7

    Take the tip of the last part you folded down and tuck your finger inside it to raise it up a bit so it isn't just flat anymore.

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press it down to make a diamond. This will be where you tuck the top of the envelope in.

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold down the top triangle on the envelope so the fold touches the top of the very first triangle you folded.

    MAKE SURE when you fold it you don't go down pass the diamond or bottom of the envelope!

  • How to make an envelope. Magazine Envelopes - Step 10
    Step 10

    Unfold a few things, glue what you think needs to be glued, press under a heavy book for about 10 minutes or until it's dry, and you have yourself a fancy envelope!

    Before you send your letter, you'll have to seal it up with tape or a sticker. I like using stickers, myself. =)

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viancethomas.pabayo
viancethomas.pabayo · New York, New York, US
This could also be like a mini wallet. You just add som Velcro to it and it'll hold up.
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Miss Marionette
Miss Marionette · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects
Now, I know what to do with all these old magazines. :0
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SparrowFae
SparrowFae · Carthage, Missouri, US · 41 projects
I love these! My 3 yr old daughter and I tried it earlier, and she almost has it down. She knows that after you do the first triangle, you fold the point on one side, then the other. She doesn't quite get that they have to line up, but I'm proud of her, anyway!
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SparrowFae
SparrowFae · Carthage, Missouri, US · 41 projects
Totally using this. I'm going to add the home made glue recipe from CutOut+Keep, too.
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Ellie H.
Ellie H. · Vernonia, Oregon, US
Very nice! Ty for the great instruction!
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Lady E.
Lady E. · 4 projects
oohhhh! I love this!!! will defiantly be trying this out! <3
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Alyssa R.
Alyssa R. · Buffalo, New York, US · 41 projects
Very nice! can't wait to try these with my pen pals!
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RogueSister
RogueSister · Richmond, England, GB · 11 projects
coolio! nice idea!
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Dorothy C.
Dorothy C. · Barcelona, Catalonia, ES · 4 projects
lovely idea!!

I'm going to look for some nice magazine pages right now!!
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Laura Collins
Laura Collins · 12 projects
Just to say tracing an open envolope onto the mag in pencil then cutting it out works and its alot quicker (:
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