How to make an origami seed packet

This origami packet, named for its ability to securely hold tiny, loose objects, can be used to store any number of items. Simply adjust the paper size to match the item. For example, use a smaller rectangle for objects such as sunflower seeds and a larger rectangle for nut-sized items.

This origami project is a simple one and should take just a couple of minutes to complete. Follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are confident that all previous steps have been correctly completed.

Most origami projects are folded from a piece of paper that has been cut into a true square. This model, however, is folded from a rectangular piece of paper. A standard sheet of copy paper, or something similar, will work. Any paper you use should be heavier than the average sheet of line notebook paper. Use inexpensive paper for practice and then move on to colored or patterned paper, if desired.

Before you begin folding, you’ll need to find a suitable place to work. Folding against a hard, flat surface (table, floor, hardback book, etc.) works best for making the sharp creases and accurate folds needed for a successfully completed model. Avoid surfaces such as cushions, carpets, or beds. Make creases even sharper by running a pencil or ruler edge over each one as you work.

  1. Position a rectangular piece of paper on your work surface so that its short edges are facing to the left and right. If you are using two-sided paper make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the seed packet is facing down.
  2. Bring the bottom edge of the model up toward the top, stopping just short of the top edge. Leave a narrow strip of paper visible at this edge. Crease and leave folded.
  3. Bring the top edge of the model down so that the narrow strip left at the top in Step 2 is now folded over. Crease and leave folded.
  4. Fold the top edge of the model downward, using the width of the strip folded down in Step 3 as a guide. This strip and the previous one should be the same width. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Turn the model over and position it so that the edge folded over in Steps 3-4 is at the top.
  6. Bring the upper left point of the model down so that the left edge comes to lie completely along the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded to create a vertical flap.
  7. Bring the upper right point of the model down so that the right edge comes to lie completely along the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded to create a vertical flap.
  8. Bring the newly formed lower left point of the model up to tuck into the vertical flap made in Step 6. The bottom edge of the model, from the vertical flap to the point, should lie along the flap’s interior crease. You may have to lift the flap up a bit to accomplish this. Crease and leave folded.
  9. Repeat Step 8 for the right point to create a symmetrical model. The model should now have a point sticking out from the left-center and one sticking out from the right-center.
  10. Open and close the packet by unfolding and folding one pointed end.

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