Valentine’s Day Handmade Origami Card (How to Measure Your Paper)

Modern communication and technology tools have revolutionized how we stay connected with others, but I believe that sometimes writing heart-felt message on a pretty sheet of paper along with a nice envelope can be a more romantic and more touching way to communicate with someone.

Based on that concept I created this handmade Origami Card & Envelope tutorial 2 years ago. Looking at how popular it has become, I’m convinced that many people feel the same way.

I’m writing this blog because I noticed many viewers have questions regarding the size of the paper they are working with. Many only have smaller size papers like A4 or U.S. letter size. I hope the below information will help you measure your paper to complete this project.

  • The paper used in the video = 15″ (width) x 10″ (height) Landscape Orientation
  • The ratio of the paper = 3 : 2
  • Corner squares = 2.5″ x 2.5″
  • The ratio of the squares = 1/6 of the width or 1/4 of the height

So if you are using A4 paper (29.7cm x 21cm) and apply above 3 : 2 ratio, 28.5cm x 19cm (3 : 2 of 9.5cm) will be one of the easiest and largest size. The squares for this size will be 4.75cm x 4.75cm (1/6 of 28.5cm or 1/4 of 19cm)

For U.S. letter size paper (11″ x 8.5″ ), 10.5″ x 7″ with 1.75″ squares will be the easiest and largest to measure.

The same rule applies to any size paper you are using. Just remember your ratios are 3 : 2 for the original paper and 1/6 of longer side (or 1/4 of shorter side) of the paper for squares.

Inner card can be whatever size you like as long as it fits into the envelope.

This Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your loved ones with this cute handmade card? I’m sure your special day will be even more memorable!


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