Make Your Own Envelopes

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

Finding the right size envelope can really be a pain, and finding a cute one is impossible. So? Make your own.

make your own envelope

1. Take apart a store-bought envelope so you have a pattern.

2. Trace the envelope onto a piece of patterned paper and cut out.

make your own envelope

3. Score where the folds will be, fold down, and glue.

I got this idea from a friend who said she used to make her own envelopes out of magazines in high school. So you can use anything for your paper – a magazine, newspaper, a page out of a book, wrapping paper, children’s artwork, a photo…anything! Now you can create customized cards AND envelopes.

Be careful about making your own envelope completely from scratch – apparently envelopes have to be certain sizes to require only 1 stamp for mailing purposes. I made a little square envelope to fit a card I made for my Grandma and it came back to me. It was smaller than this standard size envelope here, so you’d think it would be okay, but it wasn’t. So stick with standard sizes or check with the post office.

This envelope took me about 3 minutes to make and it’s so much more fun than plain white!

{Photos taken with a Canon Rebel XSi}

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