Square Petal Envelopes
What you will make:
Did you know that four circles make a square?
In this project, learn a surprising technique for making square petal
envelopes. These simple envelopes are inspired by Japanese gift wraps
and require little or no adornment. They are great for wrapping flat
packages or gift cards. Give your envelopes a Japanese feel by using
simple, elegant papers and a twine tie, or maybe some Japanese mizuhiki.
Related craft: For another style of petal envelope
with printable patterns, see the
Half-Moon Petal Envelope
Here's what you need:
- White paper and colored paper
- Compass or 4" round plate or lid
- Optional: Fancy paper
This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make Square Petal Envelopes
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
making the Square Petal Envelopes. If you are doing this craft with
a group, pre-cutting 4" circles from white and colored paper will make the
craft go faster.
- Step 2: Draw Circles
Draw two 4" circles on white paper and two 4" circles on
colored paper. You can use a compass to draw the circle, or
trace around a small plate or lid that is about 4" across.
Tip: A 4" circle makes a 4" square
envelope. Make the circles smaller or larger to make smaller
or larger envelopes.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out the four circles.
Tip: It is important that the circles are
precisely cut and all the same size.
- Step 4: Fold
Fold the circles exactly in half and unfold. Stack the circles in
a pile of alternating colors.
- Step 5: Fan and Glue
Fan the pile of circles out around a center point with the fold
lines forming the sides of a square. Pull the side of the last
circle forward to overlap the first circle. You should see a
pinwheel shape in the center of the square formed by the overlapping
Glue the overlapping edges of the circles together. While firmly
holding the circles in place, carefully lift each overlapping edge
and apply glue. Repeat on the reverse side.
- Step 6: Close
To close the envelope, fold the circles in half again—each
in turn around the square. Gently tuck one side of the last circle
under the first. The envelope may be tied close with string or
ribbon, or it can be sealed with a sticker or medallion.
That's it! Your envelope is complete!
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