How to Fold a Horizontal Pull Tab Note

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    The Art of the Folded Paper Note

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    A finished pull tab paper note.

    If you're familiar with origami then you know that there are several ways to fold paper. When you are creating folded paper crafts, you can use nearly any color of paper to make your final note fun and exciting. Follow these instructions to create a pull tab note. When you've mastered this note, try another version of the pull tab note.  

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    First, Get a Sheet of Paper

    Use a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

    Start with a blank 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. This example shows white copy paper, but you can use colorful copy paper, lined notebook paper or even graph paper. Just make sure that the paper is standard letter size. If it isn't, you can trim the paper so that it measures 8 1/2" x 11".

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    Second, Fold the Corners

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    Fold the corners of the paper.

    Turn your paper horizontally and fold each of the four corners in as shown in the photo. When you fold the corners, align the edges of your folds so that they line up evenly. There shouldn't be a gap between the edges of your folds. 

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    Next, Fold the Top and Bottom

    Fold the top and bottom edges.

    Fold the straight top down toward the center, and the straight bottom up toward the center. Everything should line up along the center fold of the paper, just as shown in the photo. 

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    Then Flip the Paper Over

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    Flip the folded side to face down.

    Now, flip your paper over so that the folds are facing down. The flat side of the paper should be facing up. 

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    Fold the Paper Toward the Center

    Fold the side of the paper toward the center.

     Take the left edge of the paper and fold the paper toward the center of the paper.

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    Fold the Right Edge In

    Similarly, fold the right edge in to the center.

    Take the right edge of the paper, and fold it toward the center as well. Now the left and right edges of the paper that you just folded should meet in the center of the paper. 

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    Tuck the Corners

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    Tuck away the corners.

    Lastly, take the corners and tuck them into the folds as shown in the photo. Tucking the corners in will keep your note securely folded and your message secret! 

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    Pass It On!

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    The finished folded note.

    Your pull tab is in the center of the note. You can label your pull tab with the word "pull," as is shown in the photo, or you can design a fun arrow. You can unfold this and write your notes or letters and then refold.  Once you become more familiar with the folds, you can write your note first and then fold the paper as shown in the steps. Flip the finished note to write your "to" and "from" message before giving this note to someone special. 

    If you think that's...MORE easy, try some origami!