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How to Make Calendars into Envelopes

Updated on August 17, 2014

So Many Pretty Pictures!

If you've ever tossed last year's calendar into the recycling bin with a bit of regret, fret no more! You can easily transform that calendar into beautiful envelopes that will be a joy to find in the mailbox.

The method for creating this envelope uses no pattern and wastes a minimum of paper. And, you can turn a calendar page as small as 8 ½" by 11" into a postal regulation sized envelope..

It's fun to get a colorful envelope in the mail. And, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines, the Post Office is happy to deliver a pretty envelope for the same price it charges for a plain envelope.

Pull out those old calendars and make some envelopes that showcase your creative individuality!

Photo by bossypants (Calendar photo by Kent Dannen for Brown Trout Calendars)

You'll need...


Ruler (or standard sized envelopes as templates)



Self adhesive labels

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Step 1: Choose and Remove the Calendar Page

Any colorful pages will do, but if you want a particular part of the calendar picture to appear on the front of the finished envelope, you'll want the image to be in the center third of the calendar page.

Remove the page from the calendar carefully. You can trim the torn edge if you wish, but it will end up under the top flap, so it won't show.

Photo by bossypants (Calendar photo by Kent Dannen for Brown Trout Calendars)

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Step 2: Fold the Page Lengthwise

Fold the page so that the image you want will be on the front of the envelope. You are just folding the top and bottom, at this point, to determine the height of you envelope.

You may wish to use a standard sized envelope as a template, to size your envelope.

You can make envelopes any size, but if you want to pay standard first class postage, you'll need to stick to the Post Office's size requirements. No rules govern the size or position of the flap on the back of the envelope, so you can adjust that to accommodate the design on the front. (In other words, the envelope can close anywhere on the back - top, bottom, or middle).

Photo by bossypants (Calendar photo by Kent Dannen for Brown Trout Calendars)

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Step 3: Measure the Envelope Widthwise and Snip

Determine the length of the envelope. You can use a pre-made envelope as the template, or measure the length, keeping postal guidelines in mind.

Use a scissors and snip in along the horizontal folds (top and bottom) of envelope on either end. Cut in only as far as the end of your width measurement.

Photo by bossypants (Calendar photo by Kent Dannen for Brown Trout Calendars)

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Step 4: Trim the Envelope

Trim the envelope flaps as shown in the photo.

Remove a small triangle at the bottom fold, to reduce bulk when you fold the envelope.

Trim the top flap to look more like an envelope flap, tapering in slightly toward the edge.

Photo by bossypants (Calendar photo by Kent Dannen for Brown Trout Calendars)

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Step 5: Fold the Flaps

Fold the flap edges in on the bottom flap. Fold the edges at a slight angle so the bottom flap will be slightly narrower at the edge than at the fold. This will ensure no ragged edge gets caught in the postal equipment.

Fold the edges of the center section of the envelope inwards.

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Step 6: Apply Adhesive

Apply adhesive to the lower flap edges.

A tape roller works well, but any double sided tape will do. Avoid liquid glues as they may not adhere glossy paper and can cause paper to buckle.

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Step 7: Fold and Adhere Lower Flap

Fold lower flap up and adhere lower flap edges to center section edges.

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Step 8: Prepare Envelope for Mailing

Apply a self adhesive label for address and apply postage. The Post Office sorting equipment needs to be able to read the address, so avoid writing directly on the envelope, where the colors of the image may confuse the machines.

Apply adhesive to the closing flap of the envelope after you've put your correspondence inside.

Photo by bossypants (Calendar photo by Kent Dannen for Brown Trout Calendars)

Think You'll Reuse Your Old Calendar?

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Good instructions!

      Years ago, I bought a clear plastic template for making envelopes. This reminds me that I should get that out to use again.

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      ChristyZ 3 years ago

      What a terrific idea, I'm not that crafty, but I'll pass this article down to my daughter who loves to do stuff like this!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a great idea! Shall have to try this out next year. Well done

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      Rick McBride 4 years ago from Dallas

      This is really creative. I think I have some old calendars hanging around. I think I'll give this a try!

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      MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

      wonderful ,, I love reading about and creating such crafts :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Just stopping back to bless this well done lens. I love to recycle.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This is a great a idea.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I will certainly make envelopes from the pictures which fit.

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      Diane Cass 4 years ago from New York

      I love this idea. I used to do it when I was a kid and have forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me how fun it is.

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      candy47 4 years ago

      Creative idea to make calendars into envelopes! This will be my next rainy/snowy day project :))

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      With regret I have tossed out old calendars but loved to have kept the pictures. Thanks for the great idea.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What an awesome lens! I would have never thought of this idea. Personally, I save all of my calenders -- since they help me remember details of my life, like when I had my first chiro appt. or when I got fired from a job, LOL! As far as the pictures go, I like to frame them. Maybe, now, I'll have to try this idea out! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a wonderful and creative idea for using those special calendar pictures that our hearts won't quite let us toss out...and we can bring a smile to someone else with the prettiest envelopes made especially for them....very cool and a fun project for the whole family!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      What a fabulous way to recycle old calendars!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I think this is a great idea and hope to give it a try! Thanks :>)

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I would love to try this idea at the end of the year.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I love this idea. I have saved some calendars from prev. years because I just couldn't throw them out with their pretty images.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      What a neat idea. I have some great calendars I can use.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I love the idea of taking my old calendars and turning them into envelopes. Thank you for the how-to do it!

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      GramaBarb 4 years ago from Vancouver

      Guilty as charged :) I always had 'good intentions' to do something creative with them and they still ended up in the recycle bin. Great idea to make envelopes.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yes, sold!

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      oztoo lm 4 years ago

      What a neat idea. I'll have to try it.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      An excellent idea, and I'm seriously considering using them with these great step-by-step instructions. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great idea! I just might have to do that!

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      Terrie_Schultz 4 years ago

      What a cool idea!