August 18, 2013

DIY Envelope Tutorial

I recently discovered the joys of making your own envelopes. It's actually pretty therapeutic in a sense that it takes away all of my worries and negativity the moment I sit down and start making some. Also, it's a nice way to reuse some old newspapers, magazines or any sort of paper that's lying around the house.

Hopefully, this tutorial will help you out if you're looking to do something crafty yet equally simple.

Most of my DIY envelopes are made from magazines. I have too many of them lying around the house. You can make use of anything else though. Other than the paper that you'll be needing for your base, here are a few other things that you'll need to prepare:
  • Glue stick
  • Envelope (in your preferred size)
  • Scissors
  • Decorating materials (colored paper, scrapbooking cutouts, washi tape, etc.)

First, I picked out a magazine page that I liked. After cutting it off, I laid an envelope on top of it. I folded the magazine page around the envelope like so:

An alternative for this step is to disassemble your envelope and use it to trace an outline on the magazine page. However, I didn't want to leave any pen/pencil marks on the finished product, so I decided to just go with the folding method.

The next step involves cutting the corners of the magazine page. Just follow the creases left by the folds you made earlier.

Now, it's time to secure the side flaps under the lower flap. Glue sticks are really convenient to use in this project because the finished product comes out even and neat.

Sometimes, I like cutting the upper flap of the envelope into a fun shape. Another way to decorate it is to cut it with a pair of scissors that have special edges.

Lastly, you can start decorating the front face of your envelope with stickers and such. This is probably the most fun part since you get to personalize the envelope.

I used some yellow sticky notes for the address labels. I try not to overload my envelope with too many decorations because I want it to be as light as possible. After all, I have the postage to keep in mind of.

Anyway, I hope this tutorial will be of use to anyone who reads it. It's my first one, actually. If you have any snail mail-related tutorial requests, I'd be happy to make one. Just leave a comment with your suggestion below.

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