Origami Bar Envelope Instructions

This origami bar envelope is a great traditional model with as many uses as you can think of!

Think about it... what could be more practical than being able to construct an envelope out of a single sheet of paper, with no scissors or glue? Give it a try, you'll love it!

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1. Fold bottom edge
to top edge.

2. Fold top layer in
half downwards

3. Now fold the
bottom up to top,
and open again.


4. Fold bottom edge to this crease just made, then fold upwards again.


5. Fold the top of the paper
downwards to the point shown.
This point is just above the
bottom fold.

6. Fold the bottom corners in to
the bottom fold as shown.



7. Fold the sides in using the
corner triangles as a guide. Open out again.

8. Using the creases, fold these
creases within the rectangles as shown.


9. Open out the corner triangles and open up the fold along the crease shown. Model should now look like this.


10. Using existing creases, fold edge inwards and flatten bottom corner triangles as shown.


11. Fold top back down along existing crease.

12. Fold edges inwards, bringing corner triangles outward and down as shown.

13. Tuck corner triangles in on themselves.


14. Make creases as shown: top corners down to crease. Then open.

15. Holding the envelope at the points shown, bring this point down and inside the envelope, as shown by the arrows. The creases should guide the way. Flatten model.


16. You can close the envelope by folding the top down along existing crease and tucking in.

Finished Bar Envelope.

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