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Making a Paper Staple Cover September 25, 2006

Posted by caveblogem in Origami, Other.
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O.K., this one seems a little odd, I admit.  But let’s just say you want to be able to give somebody a fancy document without using a folder and you don’t want the staple to scratch her desk.  This is modeled on a page corner fold I saw a few years back, which according to Rick Beech was designed by Michael LaFosse (see Beech’s The Origami Handbook, a startlingly good guide for the beginnner.)

Anyway, you start with a square piece of paper, about 2 1/2 inches.  Fold diagonally.

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Now fold diagonally again. 

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Then unfold and fold the bottom corner up.

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Flip and do the same thing to the other side.

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Then take the bottom corner and fold it up. 

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Do the same to the other side.

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Now unfold the whole thing and staple it with the document like this:

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And refold it so that you get the picture below (shown from the back of the document now.

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Now flip it to the front and tuck that corner into the inside (I probably should precrease this part but never seem to remember to do that).

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Now the other corner has to tuck into the back, otherwise it will not stay together correctly.

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So now this thing looks like this from the back.

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And from the front it looks like this. 

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Which actually is better with paper that it all the same color, although that wouldn’t be as easy to see.

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1. Dave - November 30, 2009

Ok…I feel pretty dumb after trying to figure this out for an hour now. Any chance of putting numbers on the corners or something, cause I can’t tell from your pictures.

2. caveblogem - December 1, 2009

Dave,

Thanks for your comment. There is something inherently difficult about this thing, I think, that goes beyond the poor instructions above. I still have to refer to them everytime I attempt this.

I’ll see if I can get up a better version of this today sometime.

3. Dave - December 3, 2009

Thanks caveblogem, I know it’s a lot of work to put something like this together to post, but it would sure make a difference. Originally I had been looking online to find them commercially, with no luck. Our local “Staples” store didn’t know what I was even talking about for awhile. And then I found your post, and ran out and bought some nice black heavy weight paper…..but of course ran into problems…..but all set to try again.

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