Easy DIY Envelopes

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Learn how to make cute DIY Envelopes using scrap book paper, magazine pages and other fun printed paper.

Years ago, when my Mom and I used to still write letters to each other, we started making our own handmade envelopes. We used everything from the Sunday newspaper comic section to old calendar pages and even our own photographs.

It’s especially fun to personalize your envelopes based on what your recipient likes.

Do they love to solve crossword puzzles? Why not use a page from a crossword puzzle book. Christmas paper for Christmas cards or take a page from a horse calendar to make an envelope for your favorite horse lover. The options are truly endless.

How to make your own DIY Envelopes

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Scrapbook Pages, Magazine or Calendar Pages
Glue Gun or Glue Stick
– Blank Envelope
– Pencil

Any paper will work for envelope making as long as it’s sturdy enough and large enough. Here are just a few suggestions: Magazine pages, Catalogs, Scrapbook paper (many of the kits also include labels you can use for the addresses), Family Photos printed on large paper.

Handmade envelopes are not just for greeting cards or letters, either. Think Baby Shower or Bridal Shower Invitations and Christmas Party invites. Have your girlfriends over for a DIY Envelope Party!

Magazines Catalogs and Scrap Book Paper to make DIY Envelopes

Scrap Book Paper and Calendar Pages to make DIY Envelopes

Yarn Catalog to be made into a homemade envelope

Make an Envelope Template

First, you have to create your template. Any blank envelope will do, just make sure it’s larger than the card or letter that goes inside. You may want to use several different sizes of blank envelopes for templates.

Carefully, undo the glued edges of your blank envelope. A sharp knife may help. If you have the time (and are so inclined) you can steam them open. This will ensure clean edges. They really don’t have to be perfect, though.

Blank Envelopes for templates to make DIY Envelopes

Open blank envelope to use as a template

Outline the Envelope

Lay the now-open blank envelope on top of your scrapbook paper or calendar page. Play around with the position of the template to make sure the front of your envelope looks good.

I wouldn’t worry too much about the image being perfectly straight on the envelope. It’s more fun to play with different angles.

Blank envelope and scrap book paper

Once you have the layout you want, use the pencil and trace the edges of the blank envelope onto your craft paper. Then, cut out the outline with your scissors.

Using the blank envelope as a template, trace the outline on the paper

Fold Paper into Envelope

Lay the template on top of the cut out paper. Using the creases in the blank envelope, fold your craft paper along the same lines. It helps to lay the ruler along the creases and folding both papers over the ruler.

Use the ruler as a guide for the envelope folds

Folded scrap book paper for homemade Christmas envelope

Glue the Handmade Envelope

Using the blank envelope as a guide, fold and glue the edges of the bottom portion of the envelope. Let the glue dry completely. (Yes, my Christmas envelope is upside down 🙂 )

Finished back of the homemade Christmas envelope

Finish the Envelope

The only left to do is add a label for the address. This can be cut out of coordinating paper or it can be a simple, white address label.

DIY Christmas Card Envelope from scrap book paper

Just make sure the glued edges are holding together well.

Have some fun with this. According to the US Postal Service, envelopes don’t have to be any specific size or shape. You can even slap an address label and postage on a basketball and mail it.

Just be courteous and make sure the addresses are easy to read. It’s no fun if your cute diy envelope doesn’t arrive at its destination.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

DIY Envelopes for letters or greeting cards

Easy DIY Envelopes. Perfect Craft for Christmas Cards

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