Make Your Own Envelope

Make Your Own Envelope

Envelopes are a great embellishment to your layouts! You can add extra photos, journal block or other small things that you just want to include by don't want to cut,glue or alter. Here's how to make your own envelope.

What you need

Ordinary envelope. Cardstock or patter paper. Adhesive, scissors


1. Find any envelope you want to use for the size. Small, long, square, whatever. Even little package name tags size are fun to work with and have on the page

2. Turn it over to the back. Look to see “how” it is constructed. Usually there is one large flap “glued” over the top of 2 side flaps

3. Starting at the top, gently start “tearing” or peeling the large front flap away from the smaller flaps on the sides. Tear slowly and gently but if it isn’t perfectly torn or there are gaps, it won’t matter – that is fixable. Just try as slowly and gently as possible to pull the flaps apart to make it easier on yourself!

4. Once apart open it up and now you have your pattern!

5. Open the envelope pattern you just created. flatten it out. Place it on the paper you want to make into an envelope. Sometimes a tiny bit of glue stick in the middle is a good thing to do so that it stays in place. Just make sure you put the glue where the glue residue WON’T show once the envelope is done. Trace around the pattern. Remove the pattern from the paper.

6. Now to make the fold lines: Using the “real” envelope for a guide, take your ruler and line up from side to side, where the folds should be. You will only have 4 fold lines, 2 vertically and 2 horizontally. Draw a line for each fold. At this point you just make the fold on each line you have drawn.

7. Fold the 2 side flaps in and then fold the lower portion UP, then fold you top flap DOWN. Use your ruler or bone folder to flatten the creases. Now your envelope is created! Apply adhesive ( I use glue sticks) on the side flaps. Fold the bottom flap up and press for the glue to stick. The top flap just folds down.

Take the envy you just made and lay it on a contrasting piece of paper. Place it open side up so you can see where to end it. Make the contrasting paper go just below the bottom flap’s edge, just to make sure there is no gap showing and when you open the envy all you see is the contrasting paper.

Trace the outline of the envy – basically just the top half of the envy is what you will be tracing. Cut this piece out, and do a bit of wigglying and a small trim of the edges that go inside the envy so that it matches the closing flap. Hard to explain, but as you do this, you will see what I am talking about. Then just glue it down!

Make sure you have glue where the fold line are, and make sure you flatten this very well – use your ruler or a bone folder to smooth it out. This makes sure that there is no “bubble” of the paper in that area.

And you are done!!

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  1. my enveolpe came out great!

  2. this is awesome

  3. cute lookin envelope : – )

  4. wow, this was very helpful, because i never buy cards for my parents because they appreciate what comes from me, so if i have an awesome homemade card there must be an awesome homemade envelope. THANKS A LOT!!!

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  7. That was AWESOME! I made it for my Father’s Day gift.


  9. Very good, easy to understand, very clear! Instructions are very creative, but i must also agree a few step-by-step pictures would be nice as well, but thats no biggy – other than that its a great instruction!

  10. i think it should’ve have pictures

  11. that is totally cool and totally cute

  12. thankyou for such an easy to understand set of instructions, don’t know why i hadn’t thought of doing this before.



  13. very cool! 🙂

  14. nightcrafter says

    Well written! I’ve been makeing my own envelopes for many years. It can sound complicated to some, but it’s very easy to do. I often recycle old magazines to make my envelopes when mailing letters to family and friends. No need to buy them! I just glue on a white square in the center for the address.

  15. You can even use colored magazine cartoons for the lining inside

  16. VERY GREAT!!!!!!!!

  17. I think this craft could have had pictures in it to make it more easier to understand.

  18. i think it’s very good 🙂

  19. sorry it wasnt tht much gud

  20. Good idea, Hmm I think I might even try it with fabric!

  21. great idea, thanks!

  22. very good thank you xx

  23. This is a really good idea!!!!! Great for my friends!

  24. This is a really good idea!!!!! Great for my friends!

  25. it was ok

  26. This is a really FUN idea! Thanks 4 sharing it!

  27. I think that it is a very cute idea..I can’t wait to try it.

  28. it didn’t turn out very good at all, i mean it’s a cool idea it’s just not my thing

  29. Nice and clear details!

  30. I think this is a very good idea. I mean it’s simple yet fascinating

  31. Too simple. Dislike it very much. Sorry.

  32. With some effort you could use this format to make odd sized envys that you can not buy. It would necessitate carfully enlarging or reducing the size. Then we could get right-sized enys for all the cards we make.

  33. $$$A great and stylish way to personalise your gifts everyone will love it!!!! and guys it’s not that hard !!!$$$

  34. I think the way you sid the envelope was amazing because it looks like you just recycled the envelope by making it more fashionable. I love it!!!!!

  35. What kind of scrapbook are you using that you don’t have clear pastic over the page? Or do you want people taking out your pages to see what is in the envelope?

  36. what about with a piece of a4 paper

  37. I want to know how to make it from regular paper!!

  38. so simple thank you

  39. says

    Great, precise information. I’ve been making my own envelopes for many years, I also embellish inside and outside.

  40. Most glues are water soluable. So in step 3 you could steam the seams apart.

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