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.
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. This will serve as the template for your envelopes.
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.
Now, cut your envelope out, using the line that you just created as a guide.
Place your template back on top of your envelope, so you can see where you need to make your folds.
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
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.
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.
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.