Envelope & Letterfolds

Letterfolds are the folds you make so that the contents of a letter cannot be seen. The simplest letterfold is to fold a sheet in half. A common letterfold is to fold a sheet into thirds so that it fits into a standard-size envelope. However, there are other clever ways to fold a letter to give it a touch of charm.

Letterfolds

origami letterfolds

Envelope Folds

An envelope fold is when you take paper and fold it into an envelope. This is exactly what people did before envelopes were commercially available. Back then, people would write a letter, fold it into the shape of an envelope, and send it. The letter and the envelope was one and the same. Letterfolds and envelope folds are similar; the difference being that envelope folds tend to be more like “containers” whereas letterfolds tend to be like folded paper.

origami envelopes

---> see interesting ways to origami-fy your page corners here
---> see traditional tato envelopes here
---> see CD, DVD envelopes and sleeves here
---> learn about the history of letterfolds here
---> see clever ways to lock letters before they invented envelopes

 

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