Saturday, August 20, 2011

How-To: Make Your Own Envelopes

This DIY Project is so cheap and quick. I love it. How cool are these envelopes!?!
They make great thank you note envelopes too.

What You Will Need:
Envelope (small or large)
Glue Stick
Magazine (Or Create Your Own picture on Watercolor Paper!!)

I used an old LIFE magazine because I love the ads in them.

Let's Do it, so.... Step One.

Take an envelope and unfold it. Be careful not to rip it! Feel free to use a large or small envelope. 

I'm using a small one here:

Take a page out of your magazine:

Lay the envelope over the picture and trace the envelope onto the paper:

Cut it out:

Place the side you like face down and begin folding the sides in:

Fold the right and left sides in. The tips of the triangles should NOT touch.

Fold the bottom lip up. The bottom lip is the triangle with a flat top:

Glue along the edge of the side triangles. Press them to the bottom lip:
(See next photo. It will show you how to glue the side triangles so you don't glue the entire envelop shut)

Use a regular envelop or a piece of paper to place under the the side triangles, so you don't get any glue on the inside of the envelope. 

Once you glue the sides, fold the bottom up and press it down to make sure it sticks. Then, fold the top down. Dont glue the top since this is the envelopes flap!


You can use these for snail mail if you put a label on the letter so the post office can clearly see both addresses on it. Also, if you want to use these for snail mail you need to make sure you use a type of paper that is heavy. Magazine paper will be too thin and will likely rip in the mail. Like I mentioned earlier, these envelopes are great for thank you notes or invitations!