letter envelopes: pinwheel and butterfly

In Other models on June 5, 2011 by romi

Love letters straight from your heart
Keep us so near while apart.
I’m not alone in the night
When I can have all the love you write.

— chorus of an old song ‘Love Letters’
sung by Nat King Cole

In this age of e-communication, a handwritten letter will be greatly appreciated by the recipient. Much more so if it’s packaged like a gift in a handmade or origami envelope. The envelope itself becomes part of the message.

There are many versions of origami letter envelope. There are those with decorative features like a crane, heart, sailboat, kitten, etc. My preference is a simple model, one that you can fold easily and fast, and which could be sent through the post. The one below was folded from an A4 size colored paper. I call it the ‘pinwheel’ letter envelope. It’s not enitrely original, but a variation of a popular design for a gift wrap that involves valley-folding the four sides of the paper toward the center one by one. See for instance the gift envelope model in the book ‘The Origami Artist’s Bible’ by Ashley Wood.

The second model below is easier to fold. I call it the ‘butterfly’ letter envelope because, as you can see, it has a pair of locked flaps that look like butterfly wings.


One Response to “letter envelopes: pinwheel and butterfly”

  1. I’m very interested in how you managed the PinWheel envelope. I’ve been looking around and haven’t found a way to get it as good looking as yours. Mind sharing a diagram of how you made it? It would really be appreciated 🙂



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