How to Make Your Own Envelopes

How to Make Your Own Envelopes 

Handmade envelope made from a simple envelope template and sheet music
For this project I used vintage sheet music but you can make these handmade envelopes using any paper such as scrapbooking sheets, wallpaper (buy single rolls from paint store bargain bins), magazines, posters and even some fabrics. You can use these handmade envelopes for sending invitations, general letter writing, thank-you notes or for sending your handmade cards for birthdays, thank-yous and gift giving.

1. Copy the template and adjust it to size on Word or Publisher before printing it out. I made my envelopes to fit standard postage proportions in NZ. Do your research and resist the temptation to make funny sized envelopes - it may cost you double in postage or worse, they may get stuck in the post office machinery and never arrive.

2. Trace the template onto your desired paper. To test the thickness put your invite behind a sheet of the paper and hold it up to a window (during the day!) and see if you can see through the paper. You may need to wrap the invite in a sheet of plain white paper if the enevelope is too see through

3. Cut out the template and fold in the tabs at the bottom, apply a paper glue stick (non-acid) or double-sided tape (less forgiving if you stick it down wrong though) and stick the tabs to the front of the envelope. 

4. Fold down the top of the envelope and seal with a flat sticker, seal or even a temporary tattoo (stick the flap down with double sided tape first though). 

5. Another cunning idea is to make your own stickers using laser printer labels and designing them on Publisher.You could add a message, photo or image to personalise your handmade envelope.

6. Print or handwrite addresses onto printer-friendly address labels and stick to the front of the envelope and stamp your return address on the front top left or on the back (check your local post office for guidelines). Skip the calligraphy font for the addresses - easy to read is best for reliable postage!

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