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When you don’t have a ruler December 6, 2006

Posted by caveblogem in Hipster PDA, how to, lifehack, Origami, Other.

Because of yesterday’s post you know how to fold a piece of 7 x 8.5 inch piece of paper into a self-locking 3 x 5 inch rectangle (with little corners chopped off).  But most paper in the U.S. is 11 inches long.  And nobody carries a ruler around, right?  Well, luckily, you always carry a few 3 x 5 inch index cards around (well some of you do, the ones I’m writing this for do).  With a couple of simple folds you can make your own ruler.

Step 1:  Fold one corner down like this:

Step 2: Fold the opposite side down until it meets the edge of the corner you just folded down.

Step 3: Unfold it.  That second fold creases the index card at exactly 4 inches from the opposite side.  Just use that to measure 4 inches from one end of a piece of paper and lop it off (or crease it and tear it off) the paper and you have just the right size to fold into a 3 x 5 rectangle.

Or turn it around and repeat the process and you’ll have a makeshift 5-inch ruler.  The folds on one side should be very close to one-inch apart.



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