Paper is a beautiful thing, which calls to the crafter’s soul within us with its colors and textures. With its elegance and its cuteness. A diy envelope is more than a paper project; it is something that can hold the most precious of things – love, warm thoughts, and gifts.
Sigh no more with this crafty and creative twist to unwanted scrapbook paper: use it as envelopes. In the age of social media, a quaint message hidden in a whimsical envelope becomes so much more meaningful and truly warms the heart. And those messages become even more thoughtful when fashioned from your own hands and inspired by your own creativity.
Why make your own?
Why indeed, in this age where beautiful ready-made envelopes are a dime a dozen? But think about it, a diy envelope holds and secures something that is quite significant – a love letter, a gift card, your well-wishes. It is also quite a useful thing to make because we are bound to need an envelope now and then but we always reuse shabby envelopes instead. Those envelopes where our bills come in, how many of us have reused them?
Envelopes are great DIY projects, especially if there are kids around because it is a good way to introduce your little ones to the world of creative crafting and upcycling scraps. Envelopes are purposeful – an envelope always has something to do: enclose a letter, tuck away money, keep aside something of significance, etc.
With so much paper being used and misused, we can repurpose the glossy magazines, junk mail, gift wrap and things that we tend to accumulate, by making a diy envelope. Most of all, an envelope introduces your message, as it is the first thing a person sees of your intent.
Source: Reason to DIY Envelopes
DIY envelope materials you will need:
- old envelopes for templates and downloaded templates
- scrapbook paper and cardstock
- glue stick
- scoring tool or straight-edge ruler – optional (you can also use a credit or bank card)
- binder clips or paper clips
Basic diy envelope how-to:
(1) Open up your old envelopes, carefully making sure not to damage the paper where it was glued. For downloaded templates, print them and then cut out the templates.
(2) Use the templates to trace the shape of the envelope. Cut it out.
(3) Score the folding lines, using a straight-edge ruler, scoring tool, or a credit/bank card.
(4) Fold on the lines and glue them, using binder clips or paper clips to hold the sides together until the glue dries.
DIY envelope ideas:
(1) Washi tape envelope
Before gluing the sides, decorate your envelope with washi paper tape. Or tape the sides using washi tape.
(2) Heard it hearts
Depending on the size of the envelope you want, cut out a heart shape then fold according to the instructions.
(3) Square paper fold
Why not use old calendars as envelopes? It’s perfect because the paper is sturdy and colorful. First cut the paper into a square then lightly draw two diagonal lines to form an X. Then, marking the middle, fold two sides so the opposing corners meet at the middle.
Next, fold one of the free ends of the paper. Make it extend a bit, include 1 – 1.5 cms. of the folded part. Finally, glue the sides or use double-sided tape to stick the sides together. Your envelope is now ready for use.
Source: Easy folded paper envelope
(4) Snappy squares
Put your square-shaped card or note in the middle of a square piece of paper then make some folds along the sides,. Cut small triangles in between the folds, scoring the lines again, and then put some glue along the edge of one of the flaps. Finally, fold and press the glued edges firmly.
Source: Snapguide DIY envelope
(5) Scrapbook paper DIY envelope
Use that left-over scrapbook paper for an envelope that you don’t need to glue at all. Either download the template or make the template itself on a stiff board, just remember to be careful when marking the measurements and fold lines.
Cut out the template and tape it on top of the scrapbook paper. Trace it if you’d prefer. Score the foldings firmly but you don’t need to glue the sides together. You can slip your card and letter inside and then put a sticker on the topmost flap or glue it. The sides will hold together by themselves.
Source: Midsummer DIY envelope
(6) Folded all-through
Get any sheet of paper, either A4 or letter-sized. Position it diagonally in front of you, forming a diamond. Now, place your letter or card horizontally on the paper. Make sure that the whole length of the letter or card sits across the paper.
Next, crease the paper along the folds, starting from the sides, then the bottom flap. Trim any excess paper. Finally, secure the top flap with a sticker or a dab of glue.
(7) Going in circles
Cut four circles, at least 5″ in diameter and then make a light crease by folding each in half. Overlap half of the circles on top of each other, forming a flower-like shape with a small circle in the middle. Apply glue at the edges of the circle that are overlapping.
Score the light creases you made earlier, forming a square in the middle of the circles. Put your letter or card in the middle. Close each flap, overlapping over the others then secure with a ribbon. This is a great envelope to give tea bags or tea leaves. Why not send some tea together with this DIY mug to a friend or loved one?
Source: DIY simple beautiful envelope
(8) Boxed up envelope
This is a box envelope made of a 12 x 12″ square sheet of paper. Draw two lines on the center of your paper, one horizontal and the other vertical to form four squares. Place your paper diagonally, forming a diamond in front of you and place your card or item in the middle of the paper. This works best for square cards or items.
Next, mark the four ends of your card and form a square diamond by drawing lines to connect each end. Then, adding 1.5 cm. to all sides, draw a bigger square that matches the original drawing. Draw triangular flaps on each end then trim the edge of the flag as shown. Score along the lines and glue. You can secure the envelope with a button and string or with a sticker.
Source: Make an envelope box
(9) Basically beautiful
First, cut an 8″ x 9″ rectangle and mark out these measurements. After marking, cut the corners then score the folds and use the template to turn it into an envelope. Use a straight-edge ruler or credit card to score the folds.
Glue the center and end flaps then leave to dry. Punch two holes, one near the free flap, the other where you plan to put the envelope button. Attach the paper buttons then use twine or any similar string to tie the flap to the envelope.
Source: An envelope tutorial
(10) Paperbag accordion DIY envelope
Wondering what to do with those little quaint paper bags after you have gone shopping? Why not make them into an accordion envelope. Line up several paper bags of diminishing sizes then glue the lower part of each bag together. Add a flap to the biggest paper bag then reinforce the glued parts with washi tape. You can also glue nice backing paper at the back of the biggest paper bag for a bit of design.
Source: Handmade accordion envelope
(11) Tasteful tabs
It would be better to use cardstock for this tabbed envelope, especially with this lovely flower “lock” to secure the envelope. Just download the template and cut along the lines then use a crafter’s knife or straight blade to cut the flower in the tab. Using a straight-edge ruler or a credit card, score the folds well.
Source: DIY flower tabbed envelope
(12) Mixed pretty paper
Use any of the templates or variations you have learned, but for this glue another sheet onto the paper you will be using. Then use it as you will. It’s also a nice touch to use vintage paper or yellowed newspaper for the paper backing or envelope liner.
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