Make Your Own Envelopes
June 17, 2016 10:29am CST
I know that letter-writing is pretty much a thing of the past. But many years ago, when I still depended on it to communicate with distant friends and relatives, I learned how to make my own envelopes. I really couldn't afford to buy fancy stationery back then, so I'd use my own note paper and just plain white envelopes. I'd affix stickers to them when I could to dress them up a little, but learning to make envelopes took that one step further and didn't cost anything at all. All you do is take a regular plain envelope, either letter or business-size, or any size from a box of greeting cards, and lay it flat on a table with the flap side up. Then, very carefully peel all the glued edges away from each other and lay it flat on a thick piece of paperboard. This can be the large section from an empty cereal box or any type of light cardboard. Using a pencil or marker, trace around the open unglued envelope just a short distance from its edges, until you have the entire shape imprinted on the paperboard. Cut that out, and then use that as your template form to make envelopes. You can use decorative pages from old calendars, solid color craft paper, full-page images from magazines, heavy wrapping paper, newsprint, or whatever strikes your fancy. When you've decided what to use, just put your template on it, trace around it on the side of the paper that will be inside the envelope, and cut it out. Fold the envelope using the original one as a guide, and then glue your new one together the same way the original one was, leaving a flap at the top. When you use it to send a letter out, you can glue the flap down to seal the letter, or use invisible tape. You can also use a row of stickers, which I have done in the past, to add a bit more color to your creation. This is a really fun way to use up and recycle pages or sections of paper that would otherwise be tossed out. And if you're not a letter-writer, you can use your handmade envelopes to keep things in, such as coupons, store receipts, recipe clippings, or anything along those lines. (Public Domain Image)
9 people like this
• United States
17 Jun 16
This is a fun idea. I still send birthday cards, thank you cards, and other special occasion cards, so making unique envelopes would surely add meaning to those cards. Thanks for the instructions on how to create one-of-a-kind envelopes!
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jun 16
What a great idea! I wish I had thought of this back when I was writing a lot of letters. My BFF used to write back and forth all of the time. I had all kinds of stationery and this type of envelope would have been so interesting for her to get.
• United States
I would use construction paper to make my own silly envelopes with the children in the classroom when I substituted in public schools. I am sure I haven't done a good job, as they would look like envelops and today, who knows, I probably forgot.