Sunday, June 24, 2012

DIY: How to make your own envelopes!


Hi everyone! So, I have a a confession to make: I'm a stationery junkie. I love, love, love collecting and making my own writing paper and envelopes. Not only is it calming, easy and exciting (who wouldn't want to receive a hand made letter in the mail?) for the recipient but the only limit to your decorating is your imagination! With a special request from Katie of Beautifully Pure, I've decided to show you an easy way of making your own envelopes. Good luck, and I hope you like this little DIY.

You will need:
Lots of pretty paper! It can be of any kind. I bought some beautiful vintage wrappings from an op-shop for only 20c a piece!
Scissors, glue, lead pencil and an old piece of card or thin ruler
You will also need an envelope as a stencil. This has to be folded out as shown below in step 1. 

1. On the opposite side of your chosen paper, lay the folded out envelope. 2. Sketch lightly around the edges of the envelope. 3. It should be light enough that you can't notice it on the other side. 4. Carefully cut around the lines that you drew (sorry it's so hard to see on mine, the lighting wasn't perfect!)

5. It should look exactly like the stencil. 

6. Using the ruler or card, fold (making sure it is straight and even) along the edges of each flap and make a crease. 7. This is what the envelope will look like 8. Glue along the inner edges of the two sides and press the bottom up to the edges. 9. You now have an adorable envelope!  

...why not make some more? ♥ 

I adapted Christina's original envelope tutorial for this DIY.  

21 comments:

Jofe Suz said...

Oooooh I love this post! it is always cool to be able to do some DIY! Nifty idea

Two Buttons said...

Ooh, I must try this out, I love pretty stationery as well, it is always so nice to send and receive beautiful letters.
X Jane

http://thetaleoftwobuttons.blogspot.com

Kailey said...

This is such a wonderful diy, thank you for sharing! Also thank you so much for adding me to your blogroll <3

Dominika said...

omg it looks sooo cute ! I'm sure i'll try it soon !
Kisses

Juliet Winter said...

Such a great idea and it looks so easy. I will definitely be doing this, thanks Maria.

- Juliet x

SusuanaLove said...

This is so cute and a great idea:)

xx
susuanalove.blogspot.com

Ka Mila said...

cute ;-))


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SomeoneLikeYou said...

Oh my word...the sweetest little project! x

Fictitious Fashion said...

Beautiful DIY. I like it!!! :)

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Claire said...

wait, i like need to do this! have you ever tried doing it out of a paper map? I reckon that'd be pretty cool! like you could make the envelope out of the place where it's being sent haha xx

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

This is the loveliest DIY <3 I definitely want to give this a try. You've found such lovely paper for them too! xx

Laura said...

My friend and I do this a lot in school! We LOVE sending snail mail; we use magazine sheets to make them. If you ever get a bigger catalog, you can make a folder too! Those are fun as well. :)

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Ilana @ My Modern Vintage said...

omg these are adorable i have made these in the past when i was younger and they were so much fun to make!
xoxo Ilana

www.mymodernvintage.com

K. said...

Great post! I will try it out!;)

Riley Ellise said...

Your blog is so lovely, I'm now following!

Http://riley-ellise.blogspot.co.uk/

The Robyn Diaries said...

Awwhh these are so cute, I absolutely adore writing people letters too and now I won't have to shell out on expensive letter sets either, just get some cute wraping paper! x

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kaarlijnx-x said...

waa how creative!♥ They are so cute

Melanie Jane said...

These are so cute, it's such a nice way to add a personal touch when sending cards and gifts. And it actually does look pretty do-able, unlike a lot of the DIY posts you see, which usually require countless things to start with (and never have any of them!). I do love a good DIY post though, they definitely inspire me to get creative :)
Mel x

http://melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

Ashlyn said...

This is a super cute DIY! I love all kinds of paper and I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to this kind of thing. Thanks so much for sharing, and for stopping by my blog! I do hope you'll come back :).

Ashlyn
Triple Thread

Waseem said...

it is always cool to be able to do something like this..what sheets you use Gift Card envelopes to make them.