Making your own envelope is as simple as cutting a piece of paper into the right shape and gluing down the edges. A few years ago, Rose and I shared our kid art envelopes project, which gives art that might otherwise land directly in the recycling bin a second life as something new and useful. Kid art envelopes are sure to be cherished by the grandparents, yes, but honestly chic enough to give just about anyone.
Now, here’s some encouragement to make the process even simpler by growing a small collection of cardboard envelope templates made from any favorite envelopes you stumble across.
The next time you come across an envelope in a shape you love, open it up carefully, trace it onto a piece of old cardboard, and cut the traced shape from the cardboard.
The slight heft of the cardboard makes for much easier tracing and having the template on hand means always being able to make just the envelope you’d like from whatever papers you have on hand.
Most envelopes are pretty self explanatory, but feel free to trace lines on the template to help you remember where the folds go.
Punch a hole in the top, string a few together, and set yourself up for a season of quick and easy envelope making. If you have favorite gift tags, make templates from those too!
Don’t have kid art on hand? Envelopes can be made from all sorts of sturdy, foldable paper including the pages of old books, notebooks, magazines, hand-stamped paper, recycled paper gift bags, wallpapers, homemade papers, marbled papers, et cetera! Let your imagination and your paper stash be your guide.