Origami Envelope

Let’s make our very own origami envelopes! They are perfect for the holiday season, party invitations, or Valentine’s Day. This easy origami envelope is Christmas-themed, but you can customize it by using a different type of paper pattern.

We also included a printable gift tag you can print and put in your DIY envelope.

Here at Kids Activities Blog, we love origami projects! It’s a fun way for kids of all ages to practice their fine motor skills and color and shape recognition. Adults can also enjoy making their own envelope with a thoughtful, creative note inside for Christmas time. The best thing is that it only takes a few minutes and a square of paper to make this useful origami craft.

Image shows a DIY origami envelope craft with a Merry Christmas note inside and Christmas decorations outside. Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make a cute origami envelope for the holidays!

Traditional Origami Envelope

Origami crafts are a super simple way to keep children busy. They can spend hours perfecting their craft, all while developing important skills, such as hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and mental concentration.

We love making origami envelopes and gifting them during Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and other special occasions. There’s nothing better than a DIY card!

Related: Christmas Tree Origami

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We used a green/red origami paper which is perfect for the season, but Christmas wrapping paper or printer paper cut into a piece of square paper works great too.

If you use standard 6” square origami paper, a 2.5 x 2 inch card will fit in the envelope.

Supplies Needed for Origami Envelope

  • 1 square sheet of paper
  • 10 inch piece of string or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions For Making an Origami Envelope

Step 1

With the side with the color of the square piece of paper you want showing facing down, fold opposing corners diagonally forming a center crease.

Origami envelope craft - step 1 - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s start with a square sheet of paper.
Origami envelope craft - step 1 - Kids Activities Blog
Make a diagonal fold.

Step 2

Fold top corner down to bottom edge.

Origami envelope craft - step 2 - Kids Activities Blog
Then fold the top corner.

Step 3

Fold the right side of the triangle in, creasing about 1/3 of the way.

Origami envelope craft - step 3 - Kids Activities Blog
This craft is so easy to make.

Step 4

Fold the left side of the triangle in, creasing about 1/3 of the way.

Origami envelope craft - step 4 - Kids Activities Blog
Repeat the step on the other side.

Step 5

Fold the same flap back so the corner is even with the outside edge.

Origami envelope craft - step 5 - Kids Activities Blog
Can you believe that we’re almost done!

Step 6

Open the small flap and squash fold midline to the center.

Origami envelope craft - step 6 - Kids Activities Blog
This is where you’ll “close” the envelope!

Step 7

For the last fold, fold down the top.

Origami envelope craft - step 7 - Kids Activities Blog
And that’s it!

Step 8

The top folds into the pocket formed by the squash folded flap to form the finished envelope! Now just add a card!

Origami envelope craft - final result - Kids Activities Blog
Don’t forget to download our free printable gift cards!

Download Free Origami Envelope Gift Cards

Printable Christmas Gift Cards

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Origami Envelope Craft

Origami Envelope Craft

Make your own origami envelope craft! Perfect for the holiday season.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost under $5

Materials

  • 1 square sheet of paper
  • 10 inch piece of string or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. With the side with the color of the square piece of paper you want showing facing down, fold opposing corners diagonally forming a center crease.
  2. Fold top corner down to bottom edge.
  3. Fold the right side of the triangle in, creasing about 1/3 of the way.
  4. Fold the left side of the triangle in, creasing about 1/3 of the way.
  5. Fold the same flap back so the corner is even with the outside edge.
  6. Open the small flap and squash fold midline to the center.
  7. For the last fold, fold down the top.
  8. The top folds into the pocket formed by the squash folded flap to form the finished envelope!
  9. Add a card!

Notes

We used a green/red origami paper which is perfect for the season, but Christmas wrapping paper or printer paper cut into a piece of square paper works great too.

If you use standard 6” square origami paper, a 2.5 x 2 inch card will fit in the envelope.

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Did you enjoy making this origami envelope for Christmas?

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