How to Create Your Own Envelopes
One of my most favorite things to do is make my own envelopes for handmade greeting cards, letters, and notes. These are easy and fun to create and they are sure to impress that special recipient. I have used all kinds of paper to make these beautiful envelopes. Cardstock is ideal to use but regular paper will work in a pinch. You can make all different sizes and after you get the hang of it you can make your own templates for whatever size you want.
Types of paper you can use to make handmade envelopes:
- Scrapbook Paper
- Card Stock
- Old Folder Covers
- File Folder
- Magazine Covers
Believe it or not, magazine covers make gorgeous envelopes.This is another great project for recycling/reusing paper. You can make plain colored ones and stamp them with rubber stamps or use pretty printed papers. Also, if you have a favorite wrapping paper or newspaper but they are too thin, you can glue a couple layers together and it should then be thick enough then to make an envelope. If you want to glue pages together to make your paper thicker, I recommend using a spray adhesive or glue stick. This does not distort the paper like a wetter glue would.
Another great thing about making your own envelopes is you can have the design on both the outside and the inside of the envelope. You can download envelope liner templates. Its basically the paper of your choice, cut the same size as your flap and applied to the inside of your envelope. It really adds to the cuteness factor! Many prefer to do a plain color on the outside and add a printed design on the inside. You can also add the liner effect with your printer by printing both sides of your paper, or just one side and fold it with the printed side inside for your "liner". It's all up to you and what you want to do. I added some links to some great sites to show you how to make liners for your envelopes at the end of this hub. Be sure to check out the links. There are some really good ones with some really great FREE templates for you to use. Let's get going with my simple tutorial on how to create your own fabulous envelopes!
What you need:
- Thick Paper (Scrapbook Paper, Magazine Covers, etc)
- Old Envelope or Free Template (from my list of links below)
- Glue Stick
Step One: Get Your Template:
Take an old envelope the size you would like your envelope to be and carefully take it apart being sure to pull off the glued side flaps without tearing too much keeping the whole shape intact. See the illustration below OR you can print and cut out your own free template from one of the sites listed below or you can print your free template directly onto the paper you are using to make your envelope.
Step Two: Trace and Cut:
Take your template and put it onto the paper that you have chosen for your envelope and trace the edges of the template. Once the edges are traced, cut around your traced edges. If you printed directly to the paper you are making your envelope from just cut out the printed template.
Step Three: Fold Your Envelope and Glue Flaps down:
Using the guide below carefully fold the envelope. I deconstructed an envelope I received a Christmas card in. Folds are indicated with dashed lines and I have written glue where you apply the glue. Once you have have it folded, apply glue stick to the bottom flap and fold up over side flaps as indicated in the illustration below. Let dry! I usually lay a heavy book on top of my envelopes while they drying. The pressure seems to help the glue adhere better since glue sticks sometimes do not have an immediate hold like other tackier glues. I let mine dry for at least a few hours.
TAA DAA! That is all there is to it.
Note: The photo below is just meant to be for illustration. If you do not have an old envelope for use as a template, you can print out a free template from one of the sites below :0)
Ideas for Sealing Your Envelope
Here are some free envelope glue recipes from friendship-by-mail.com that you can make yourself and add to the inside edges of your top flap or you can do like I do and use a sticker or just seal your envelope with the glue stick :0)
Envelope Template Links
Below are a list of sites for free templates for envelopes in different sizes that you can print and use:
Free 6.5 x 9 (C5 Envelope) Template: http://www.ehow.com/how_4966866_make-envelope.html
Another great envelope template: http://www.ziggityzoom.com/activities.php?a=262
An A2 envelope template: http://houseofstirfry.com/chia/templates/A2env01.html
4in square envelope (with matching card) tutorial w/template (so cute!): http://www.gemscottage.com/Projects-4_Inch_Square_Cards_with_Envelopes.html
A few different envelope templates plus LOTS of other templates- great site. http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm
A couple different larger sizes: http://www.taradel.com/Envelopes-template50
Some side open and top open envelope templates: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-envelope-templates-standard-a2-size.html
A tutorial on a custom printed double sided envelope at Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Custom-Printed-Double-Sided-No.-10-Business/
Another tutorial at Instructables on how to make recycled paper envelopes complete with the decorative liner: http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycled-Paper-Envelopes-Tutorial/step4/Glue/
Scroll down a bit and you will see a tutorial on how to make gorgeous envelopes with tissue paper!! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88858.msg839943#msg839943
If you want a particular size you can not find here just do a google search for "free envelope template" and be sure to put the size you are looking for- it should bring up some great sites for you to check out.
DIY Envelope Liners
DIY decorative envelope liner: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/envelope-liners-1
Another great tutorial on envelope liners:http://www.carlas-scraps.com/2010/01/envelope-liner-tutorial.html
Adorable ideas and tutorial here on envelope liners with Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/lining-envelopes
Another great tutorial on envelope liners : http://dillpicklepicnic.com/2009/09/20/envelope-liners/
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial on how to make your own envelopes. Have I inspired you to make some of your own? Just have fun with this! Try different sizes and different colors and prints of paper..... It's really easy to do. These envelopes can be stamped and sent in the mail just like any other envelope. Just be sure that it is properly constructed, the address information is legible and it has a stamp- then it's good to go!