How to Make Tri Fold Cards


A tri-fold card is a card that folds in three places rather than two, like a traditional card. You can use a tri-fold card to wrap around an existing flat card (pictured) -- which is great for invitations and announcements -- or you can create blank tri-fold note cards simply by folding cardstock.

Examples of Tri Fold Cards
(Jessica Begum)

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Decorative paper (optional)
  • Stickers (optional)
Step 1

To make tri-fold cards, you will need cardstock, a bone folder, scissors, a ruler and a pencil. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials

These are the supplies needed.
Jessica Begum
Step 2

If you want to make a tri-fold card to wrap around a flat card, measure and cut a piece of cardstock that is the same width as the flat card but double the length of the flat card plus 1". For example, for a 4"x6" card, you will need cardstock measuring 9"x6" and for a 3"x5"card, you will need cardstock measuring 7"x5". Using a glue stick, glue your flat card 2 ½” from the top edge of the cardstock.

Measure card to determine tri-fold size.
Jessica Begum
Step 3

Fold bottom flap of the cardstock up over the card and crease with a bone folder. Then, fold the top 2 ½” flap down over the bottom flap and crease with a bone folder. The top fold should hit the middle of the card. Seal with a sticker or glue the flap down with a glue stick.

Fold and seal with a sticker or glue.
Jessica Begum
Step 4

The steps for making a tri-fold note card are the same as the previous steps, except that in step one, you won't have a flat card to paste into the middle of your cardstock.

Make sure you take accurate measurements.
Jessica Begum

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Tips & Warnings

  • Use decorative paper to embellish and decorate your cards. Consider covering the entire top flap or a part of it with paper.
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