This origami envelope is a traditional origami (Menko) from Japan. It looks plain and simple, and it is! But don’t let such simplicity deceive you and maybe even prevent you from folding it.
The process of making this origami envelope is a short and peaceful folding meditation. Engaging with it will help you unwind and relax after a day of hard work. I promise that once you make ONE you will want to make many. Just breathe long, take it easy, and let the worries in your world drop away.
Once you’re finished learning this model you’ll hold a classic and elegant Japanese origami model in your hands. Invite some peace into you life.
Here you can watch the video demonstration and fold the Menko along with me. It will be a delightful six-minute period in our day!
Suggestions and Tips
If you’d like to use this origami envelope for a practical purpose here are a few ideas.
- Find some beautiful origami paper, fold it, place needles and thread inside, and carry it in your wallet or bag. This simple sewing kit will come in handy at some point. Believe me!
- It is also useful as a lovely origami packet to hold seeds to give those friends of ours who like to garden.
- Use it to send a secret love note… don’t we all at times need sweet, lovely words to take us out of the doldrums?
- Use it to hold an invitation… a perfect origami model for a wedding party or even for a party of two!
The finished Menko is a square whose sides measures a third of the square piece of paper started with. For example: a 6″ x 6″ piece of square paper will yield a 2″ x 2″ square envelope.
If you think of other uses for this little origami envelope,
please share it with everyone in the comment section below.
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Would you like to learn other origami boxes, containers or envelopes?
Click here for origami video instructions.