DIY Envelope Tutorial : Part 1

I’ve taken to making my own envelopes, a project so fun and easy that I wanted to share it with y’all! It’s both an excellent creative outlet, and a great way to Reduce and Reuse.

Three Envelopes

Making the Actual Envelope

To create your envelope, there are two simple options.

• First, you can print a pattern off the Internet (for example this one from The Postman’s Knock).
• The second option, which I prefer, is to dissect an envelope you already have. Do this by either gently tearing apart the envelope, or by leaving it to soak for a few minutes in lukewarm water.

But what paper to choose? Magazine pages, old newspaper, cardstock, paper bags — the possibilities are endless !!

I was once a Topshop bag!

I was once a Topshop bag!

A collection of envelopes.

The pear envelope liner was sourced from a Southern Living magazine.

Made with an image from National Geographic magazine (the image accompanied an article on the dwindling of cursive writing).

Made with an image from National Geographic magazine (the image accompanied an article on the dwindling of cursive writing).

One important thing to keep in mind : when choosing your pattern and your paper, do make sure what sizes and weights are standard for posting. (I, for example, made the mistake of choosing an envelope format into which none of my writing paper quite fits. Oops. A lesson learned.)

Once you have your pattern ready, place it on desired paper, trace it, then cut it out. Next, score, fold and glue. (I simply use a Pritt stick and it’s worked perfectly).

Adding Muchness

Yay! Your envelope is ready! Now you can embellish it with polka-dots, collage, squiggles, stickers, quirky drawings, etc. Depending on the paper you used, you may want to add a piece of lighter paper on which to write the address, as shown below.

Adding a piece of hand-torn kraft paper creates a clear place for the address.

Adding a piece of hand-torn kraft paper creates a clear place for the address.

To add oomf to the inside of your masterpiece, or to hide the paper’s reverse side, create an envelope liner.

This envelope was made using an old Hollister shopping bag. I made an envelope liner with a page from Southern Living magazine. That way, you are not greeted by a Hollister’s model’s nipple upon opening the envelope!

This envelope was made using an old Hollister shopping bag. I created an envelope liner with a page from Southern Living magazine. That way, you are not greeted by a Hollister model’s nipple upon opening the envelope!

Stay tuned for Part 2 : Homemade Glue and Elegant Wax Seals … in just a few short days!

More fun ideas :
– letter and envelope, all in one!
– great tutorial from The Postman’s Knock
– fun deco ideas
tiny envelopes

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