DIY Paper Envelopes

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The day I ran out of envelopes, this article came to my rescue and I discovered this quick and easy way to make my own! These ones are so much prettier than plain white, and I love customizing them for any occasion! I get so many compliments on them and they are fun to make! #diyenvelopes #diypaperenvelopes #homemadeenvelopes #craftsy #diy

It all started when I decided to undergo a small organizing project – the card stash.

I grabbed my recently purchased card organizer box, and sorted the bits and pieces of notecards that had become disorganized from years of flipping through to find just the right one. But soon before I finished, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum.

I had one purple Thank You card left over, and one blue envelope to match it. It was a set I’d purchased long ago, with an assortment of colors that matched card to envelope. I must have ruined or misplaced one extra purple envelope and one extra blue card for that something like that to happen!

Being the perfectionist that I am, I would not….could not pair a purple card with a blue envelope, and so I decided to forage through my massive stash of scrapbook paper to find just the perfect tone to match, and make my very own.

Supplies Needed:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Envelope to trace
  • Thin cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

The Project:

Step 1: Grab a piece of small cardboard {from the top of a shoebox or card paper pack}, and trace the outline of the size envelope you want to make. Then, cut out the cardboard piece and set aside.

DIY Paper Envelopes | Creative Savings

Step 2: Open up the envelope you want to copy as carefully as possible, and lay flat on your choice of scrapbook paper. {As you can see, I didn’t do very well at this part!} Trace the outline of the envelope onto the paper, then cut out.

DIY Paper Envelopes | Creative Savings

Step 3: Place cardboard into the middle of the paper, and start folding up all sides, pressing firmly at the crease.

DIY Paper Envelopes | Creative Savings

Step 4: Place glue on the very edges of the bottom flap, fold in sides, and then fold up the bottom last, making sure to “pop” the envelope open so any glue residue doesn’t stick to the inside.

DIY Paper Envelopes | Creative Savings
DIY Paper Envelopes | Creative Savings

Step 5: Once you have your letter or notecard inside, glue or tape the top flap to seal. Add a plain address label to the front of the envelope to write the address, then stamp and send!

DIY Paper Envelopes | Creative Savings

Now you have a pretty envelope to match your card, and both are guaranteed to brighten someone’s day!

DIY Paper Envelopes | Creative Savings

Total Cost: Free {since I already had all the supplies}

Of course, now I’m seriously addicted to these pretty DIY paper envelopes, and wondered how I ever survived on plain white. And since I have such a huge scrapbook paper stash, I can make a whole bunch!

I’d say we just made the inside of our mailboxes a little bit cuter.

Have you ever tried making your own envelopes?



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  1. OMG! This is great! I did some Monster High Invites for my daughter and needed envelopes. I will finally use the some scrapbook paper I have, which will make my Husband very HAPPY!

  2. There are sooo many times that I get all crafty happy and make cards only to remember that I don’t have envelopes to fit them. This is a great topic and I appreciate the how-to pictures!

  3. I also use the Stampin Up template for making my own envelopes, but your way is certainly FREE if you don’t already have the template. I also like using a letter opener or the back of a butter knife to make each fold really sharp and crisp!

  4. Love the envelopes. It sort of makes you want to send cards, right? I used to always make homemade envelopes for my Christmas cards. I felt like homemade Christmas cards deserved homemade envelopes. I ironed freezer paper onto pretty wrapping paper and cut. So pretty!

  5. You should try the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch board! πŸ™‚ It’s sooo easy & quick, and has the dimensions for many sizes of envelopes already on the board.

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