If you’d like to learn how to make envelopes from magazines, scrapbook paper, or any paper, really, read on. These make such pretty snail mail and are perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or just to brighten someone’s day.
My daughter made her envelopes with scrapbook paper. That brought back memories of making these myself. I’ve always loved to have cute envelopes to send real mail. Sometimes I address them in calligraphy, sometimes I pull out some fun rubber stamps, and sometimes a sticker or two.
(By the way, I have a LOT of pads of 12×12 scrapbooking paper that I’ve been collecting through the years, and from the look of my stash, you would think I was saving it for some future crafting apocalypse. This is a great way to use it.)
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Here’s How to Make Them:
- Carefully take a plain envelope apart, and use it as your template. No need to buy an envelope template, as I’m sure you have some different sized envelopes around the house that you can use as templates. With that said, I do have several templates! This one makes a square 5, 5 1/2 or 6 inch square envelope. That’s an unusual shape and size, so it makes a fun envelope. (Square envelopes require extra postage if you mail them.)
- Trace around the unfolded envelope onto your pretty paper. (Or, trace around the unfolded envelope onto a piece of cardboard that you can use over and over as your template.)
- Cut out, fold, and glue with a strong craft glue. (After cutting, close the 2 flaps on the side first and then the bottom flap.) A bone folder is useful for scoring at the fold lines and for making a crisp fold, but it’s not essential. (You can also use the back of a spoon or a ruler’s edge to get a crisp fold.)
This pad has some really pretty vintage designs.
Think outside the box. Do you have some magazines with pretty photos or some beautiful calendars? Papers like that are perfect as envelopes. Depending on the type of paper you use, you may have to use an address label. Make seasonal envelopes, holiday envelopes, birthday envelopes, etc.
You can also dress up your envelope with postage stamps. I loved these songbirds.
This would be a fun project to do with kids. You probably already have everything you need to make these. Have fun!
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