How to Make Your Own Envelopes

How to Make Your Own Envelopes

By Erin Huffstetler | 09/13/2017 | 4 Comments

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Making your own envelopes is really easy, and lots of fun. And when you make them yourself, you get to pick the paper and make them whatever size you want.

All of the envelopes that you see here were made from the pages of a little, free magazine that my insurance company puts out each quarter. Aren’t they pretty? Let me show you how they’re made.

How to Make Envelopes

Here’s the video tutorial for all of you visual learners.

And here are the printed instructions. Be sure to check out the information at the end about how I seal my envelopes.

What You’ll Need:

A pen or pencil
An envelope

What You Do:

Carefully Open an Envelope at the Seams

Carefully open an envelope at the seams. This will serve as the template for your envelopes.

Trace Around Your Envelope Template

Then, lay a sheet of paper on your work surface, good side facing down; and place the template on top of it. Trace around the outside edge.

Cut Out Your Envelope

Now, cut your envelope out, using the line that you just created as a guide.

Fold Your Envelope

Place your template back on top of your envelope, so you can see where you need to make your folds.

Glue the Flaps

Then, apply glue along the bottom edge of the two side flaps (just a small amount will do it), and bring the bottom flap up to cover it. Press firmly to join the flaps. And that’s really all there is to it! Once your envelope dries, it’s ready for use.

How to Seal Your Envelopes

Apply Envelope Gum

I usually just use a glue stick or a sticker to seal my homemade envelopes, but if you want to get fancy, you can actually buy envelope gum. I bought mine from a company called Crafter’s Companion. You just brush it on and let it dry. Then, you have real deal lick-and-stick envelopes. Pretty cool.

Homemade Envelope with Peel and Stick Flap

If you prefer peel-and-stick envelopes, just apply a bit of double-sided tape to the flaps.

Another Way to Make Envelopes

A couple years back, I bought an Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers. It’s really neat because it allows you to make any size envelope you need, without having to have a envelope to serve as your template.

Envelope Punch Board

You just look up the size you need on the size chart, and it tells you what dimensions to cut your paper to, and where to place it on the template. It’s really easy, and makes professional looking envelopes. I like that it includes gift card-sized envelopes.

Stack of Homemade Envelopes

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  1. What a fun and pretty way to make envelopes. Your video is awesome and so professional with your logo and music credit. I’m sorry I missed out on your great sale (getting my daughter off to college for the first time!!), but I hope you are settling in well to your new business cottage! I’m thrilled for you.

    • Thanks, Kerry. I have our first intern to thank for the videos. He’s doing a great job.

      We’re probably about three weeks away from closing on the cottage. I can’t wait! I’ll share pictures as soon as it’s ours 🙂

      Congrats on getting your daughter off to college. That’s a big deal. We’re less than three years away from sending our first off to college.

  2. I just saw this for envelopes, and I played around with colored pages from an adult coloring book. When it was done, I wanted to use the pages rather than throw them away. I made a bunch and use them for writing letters to my niece in NY. She can tell immediately when picking up her mail now, that she has a letter from her old Aunt Gale. LOL

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