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}


1 Baba February 18, 2009 at 11:09 am

I love this idea especially when you make your own gift cards for someone special. A special envelope just tops it off right!

2 Jingle February 18, 2009 at 11:11 am

I make my own envelopes regularly! I use the Enveloper to do it so it is super fast and super easy and I can choose any size I need! I love making use of catalog pages and other throw-away items!!!

3 Amanda February 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I LOVE this idea! Thank You!!

4 syeda February 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I agree, it’s all about presentation. It would be so exciting to receive that beautiful envelope in the mail rather that the plain old white envelope. thank you for the inspiration.

5 Raven February 23, 2009 at 7:26 am

This is great! I’m always looking for cute envelopes that fit cards just right.

6 gisella February 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm

this is fun, love the idea !

7 Annette March 2, 2009 at 8:45 am

I love hand-made envelopes, too. Sometimes I need something on the larger (5×7) side to send photos and art projects to grandparents. Magazines look great, but I’d love a suggestion for something sturdier. Any ideas?

8 Becky Smith March 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm

This is such a good idea! I sometimes go to card exchanges and don’t always get envelopes so then I am stuck without the right size envelope. Now I know what to do with that whole stack of cards I haven’t been sending because I don’t have the envelopes. thanks!

9 Sue D March 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

Usually I stick with standard invitation size cards because the envelopes are readily available and to save on time but for a special card this is a great idea. Another tip I have seen to make regular envelopes special is to make an envelope liner to match your card.

10 Sydni March 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

This is a great idea! I haven’t made my own envelopes before because I thought I would need special templates. It didn’t occur to me to trace a regular envelope, doh! I will have to give this a try the next time I make a special card.

11 Baba July 7, 2009 at 9:56 am

I have wanted to make some pretty envelopes like this but never had the moxy to try it. You make it sound so easy so maybe I will now. Thanks.

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