What is the Origami Envelope Project?
What do people do when they find an envelope with a little extra cash if they cannot return it to the owner? Does it help them out? Does it brighten their day? I stayed up one night thinking of how to go about this, and thus the Origami Envelope Project was born.
I folded 10 envelopes, placed a $10 bill inside, along with a short explanation and instruction sheet. Each envelope will be left somewhere in Austin and maybe even a couple in other parts of the country as I travel during the end of May. Shortly after leaving the envelope, I will post a picture of the envelope and some detail on where I left it.
Whoever finds the envelope will be asked to leave a comment or send an email saying where they found the envelope and what they plan to do with the $10.
A little social experiment to see how I can change someone’s day through a small gift.
Keep an eye on this page as it is updated with locations of envelopes and the responses as I receive them.
Envelope #1 was left at Starbucks on Oltorf and I-35, Austin on May 7, 2012. Found by Marcus who doesn’t know what he will do with it, but was discussing keeping a positive outlook when it was found.
Envelope #2 was left at Panera Bread on William Cannon just off MoPac on May 8, 2012. Found by David, 52, who is undecided on his use of the money, but is considering putting Envelope #2 back into the wild for another person to find.
Envelope #3 was left at the Austin Mini Maker Faire on May 12, 2012. It was found by a father and son attending the faire. The father gave the $10 to his son to pay the barber to cut his hair which he has been growing out for two years. He plans to donate his hair to Locks of Love.
Envelope #4 was left at Starbucks on William Cannon and MoPac on May 14, 2012. Nicole, a barista, shared the $10 with her co-workers in the tip jar. Nicole decided to put Envelope #4 back into the world herself, so keep an eye out for further updates on this one.
Ahh the envelopes have gone out and I have not updated in a while. Here’s what’s been happening:
Envelope #5: I can’t for the life of me remember where I left it, and so far no one has claimed it online.
Envelope #6 was left at Squeeze In when I visited Reno for my Aunt’s wedding a couple of weeks ago. It was found by Heidi, who sent this lovely email and is also going to put the envelope back into the wild.
Hello, My name is Heidi and I am 51 years old and I found envelope #6. I found it on Wednesday 23rd of May 2012.I found the envelope at my work. I work at the Squeeze In (Best Omelet’s on the Planet) located at 5020 Las Brisas Blvd, Reno, NV 89523. It almost got thrown away, it was in a stack of newspapers that I was straightening, and the beautiful envelope caught my eye. The “Please Open Me” is what saved it from the trash.This is such an awesome idea. At first I had decided to give the money to a homeless person but I have now decided I will give $10 of my own to a homeless person and put this envelope back into circulation. I will be traveling to Maui next week for my daughters wedding and have decided to drop it off there for someone else to find.I really like the whole idea of making someones day brighter by finding this beautiful envelope. Whether is it because they need the money or just enjoyed the process like me..
What brought you to Reno and what day did you drop it off?Thanks, Heidi Davis Reno NV