How to Make an Envelope
Hello, my creative friends! It’s Rebecca from The Bookery, and I’m back this week with another quick, easy, and oh so fun Mixed Media Technique Tutorial – How to Make an Envelope! You might be thinking to yourself, now why would I want to make an envelope when I can just go out and buy one? Well, because The Graphics Fairy has such gorgeous images and plain envelopes are just so very boring…Right? So why not get creative and make your own? You can create these pretty paper pieces, to go with the current season, or for a favorite holiday, or pick a favorite theme of the person you are sending it to. There’s no end to how you can customize these and what a lovely thing to send out to your friends and family. I’m sure they would feel very special receiving a letter from you in mailed out in something that you created just for them.
Happy Mail, Snail Mail, and Pen Pals are super popular! Artists and crafters are exchanging art, papers, junk journals, and handwritten notes all over the world. The envelopes that hold this correspondence are works of art in themselves. Plus, you can tailor your envelopes to a holiday, special occasion, or season. How cool is that?
Step by Step Tutorial
How to Make an A2 Envelope with Templates
This technique creates a standard A2 envelope. If you would like a smaller envelope, you can print this template and the custom envelope designs at a smaller size if your printer allows it. They still look good at even 50%.
PDF Printable. I created a Printable PDF with the A2 Envelope Template plus 4 Custom Envelope Designs, just for you! Download the Envelope Templates TGF Printable HERE! I hope you love the designs.
The Template. The A2 Envelope Template works great on paper. TIP: If you plan to create a lot of envelopes, it is a nice idea to make a more permanent template. You can print and cut a sturdy template out of cardstock, a manila folder, a transparency sheet, or even a cereal box.
Print the Template(s). Print your envelope template and custom envelope designs from the Printable PDF. TIP: I like to print on 24 lb. paper because I want my envelopes to have more weight than regular 20 lb. printer paper. But you can use standard printer paper if you like, especially to practice.
Trimming. Trim the outer edges of the design carefully. You can use a paper trimmer on the straight lines. It is fairly easy to cut with scissors, even for the scissor challenged like me! TEE HEE. (top left)
Folding the Sides. Lay the paper image side down on a hard surface. Place a ruler or straight edge carefully on the fold line, matching the top and bottom points. (top right) Fold the side over the ruler and crease with your finger or bone folder. (bottom left) Repeat with the other side. Fold the bottom flap up in the same manner. Crease with bone folder or your finger. (bottom right)
Make sure that you check the square of the corners before you glue them. There should be no gaps at the edges. It is easier to reshape it now that after you glue. A wonky envelope does not hold a card very easily!! WINK!
Optional: Rounding the Top Flap. If you like, you can round the top point with a corner round punch. (top) Of course, you can leave it pointed. It looks just as nice.
Glue Edges. Run a thin tape runner along the two outer edges of the bottom flap. (bottom left) TIP: Take your time with this step. You want to be careful here to ensure that there is no sticky spot on the inside of the envelope. Press along the glue edge with a bone folder to secure. (bottom right)
That is all there is to it. I’m so that glad I could show you my tips and tricks for How to Make an Envelope. I make them all of the time, especially for my handmade books and junk journals!
Glue for Top Flap. You might want to take it a step further and create a lickable adhesive, just like you would find on a store bought envelope. Luckily we have a tutorial for that!! Use the Glue Recipe from our post on How to Make Envelope and Sticker Glue HERE! You can also use any good paper glue if you prefer.
Patterned Paper Envelope – You can create an envelope with patterned paper; scrapbook papers and wrapping paper are good choices. Place the template over your patterned or image paper. Trim along the solid lines with scissors. You can also draw the lines around the template onto the back side of the paper and trim with a paper trimmer. Follow the above directions to create your envelope.
Smaller Envelope Template – If you would like a different shaped envelope and a smaller one, I created another envelope template in my How to Make a Junk Journal Series HERE!
Thank you for visiting The Graphics Fairy today! I hope you enjoyed playing with me in my Graphics Fairy sandbox! This Envelope Tutorial is so quick and easy to do. Plus it is quite versatile. I also create Photoshop Elements tutorials and craft project videos on The Graphics Fairy Premium Membership site. You can find even more of my art, DIYs, books, and whimsical shenanigans on The Bookery