How to Fold a Victorian Letter

Updated February 28, 2017

The days where long distance communication was mainly possible only through letter writing is a thing of the past. There are many other forms of communication that are quicker than the postal service, but there is still something to be said about getting a letter in the mail. Learning how fold a Victorian letter will impress the receiver, and leave you with a skill that you can be proud of.

Set an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper in front of you. Position the paper with the shorter edges on the top and bottom the longer edges on the sides.

Measure to the middle of the left side of the paper. This should be 4 ΒΌ inches down from the top. Make a small mark there with a pencil. Do the same for the right side of the paper.

Bring the top left corner to the mid point on the right side. Hold the corner in place while you press the crease down where it is folded over. The piece that you folded over and pressed down should resemble a triangle with its points at the top right corner, the mid point on the left side, and the mid point on the right side.

Bring the bottom left corner to the mid point on the left. Press it down in the same manner as the previous step.

Grab the top right corner and align the right edge against the crease that extends between the two side mid points. Press down the crease.

Measure from the top left corner, which is pointing in a diagonal direction, to the bottom left corner. Divide this measurement in half. Now measure that distance from the top left corner on both sides and make a mark there.

Fold the bottom left edge up, making sure the crease falls on the points you just marked. Press down the crease. There will be a small piece of paper that sticks out towards the top left corner after you make this crease.

Fold this extra piece over and under the corner to make a nice crease. Bring this corner back up and tuck it into the folded letter.

Secure the folded letter in the top right corner with a decorative sticker or transparent tape. You can use sealing wax if you are familiar with the application procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Decorative sticker, transparent tape, or sealing wax
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