Envelopes are so boring aren’t they? White and lifeless.
Sometimes you just want a fun one. Maybe to go with a wedding or birthday gift. Or maybe just for fun. I’m certainly not going to waste them on bills. (Does anyone even send their bills by snail mail anymore?) Sometimes I want to send a card with an envelope that’s just as exciting.
My boyfriend and I were at a wedding out of state this weekend and I wanted a pretty envelope to go with the card. I hate store cards and accessories. They’re all the same.
So, I made my own.
I found some elegant scrapbook paper and started folding.
If you want to make one yourself, follow the tutorial below.
**I apologize for the crappy lighting in the photos. Hotel lighting does not do us any favors.**
Materials needed for the DIY paper envelope
- paint brush
- Mod Podge
- Scrapbook paper (12×12)
Step 1: fold the paper in half
Fold your scrapbook paper evenly in half.
Step 2: fold down the edges
Unfold the paper.
Fold the top and the bottom edges toward the center. My newest folds are about an inch.
Step 3: fold down the sides
Unfold the paper.
Fold the right and left edges of the paper inward about half an inch.
The image only shows one side folded. Make sure you fold both sides.
Step 4: begin cutting
This is going to come in a few steps.
- Cut off the top fold of the left half of the paper.
- Cut off the small rectangle created by the folds at the bottom corner of the left half of the paper.
- Cut off the bottom fold of the right half of the paper.
- Cut off the half an inch fold on the right side of the paper.
- Round your edges with the scissors if you’d like to.
When you’re finished, your paper should look something like the image above. Notice the pieces you didn’t cut off have formed tabs.
Step 5: glue the tabs
fold the left side over top of the left side and glue your tabs down.
Now you should have a beautiful envelope to send to friends, family or whoever you think might enjoy it.
Again, I apologize for the horrible lighting.