Making Envelopes

Have you ever made your own envelopes? It's so simple that I almost feel weird doing a post on it, but it is seriously addictive & fun, so I thought I should share! The easiest way is to start with an envelope you already have...


and don't mind taking apart! That's right, the first step is to "open up" your envelope by undoing all the seams.


Lay it on top of paper you'd to make into an envelope and trace it.


Cut it out.


Then fold your new paper up again into the envelope shape.


Tape along the seams (or you could use double-stick tape or glue sticks on the inside of the seams for a fancier look).


And you're done! I cut a sheet of cardstock into 4ths to fit inside our envelopes (and to give them some weight) as note cards too.


We used pages from a magazine for our envelopes, but you could use lots of great things. Maps, wrapping paper, packaging and newspapers would all make cool envelopes too! I love how bright and cheery ours turned out and can't wait to send them off to liven up some mailboxes!
Leslie said...

You know I love this, right? Here's my secret: At work, we get a gazillion trade mags that generally get tossed into recycling. I scan through them, looking for cool, colorful pages -- which I rip out and keep! I have an envelope template at my desk, and make a few when on break or when I'm waiting for a print job to complete! :-)

Sadie said...

What a fun, easy idea! We are on this....

beckley said...

GREAT idea!

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