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Need a certain size envelope, but don't want to buy a whole pack? Make your own!
Make your own envelopes using a template and your choice of paper. You envelopes can be custom-made to suit your size needs and can be made of anything from cardstock to an old map.

Posted by destinationdecoration from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States • Published See destinationdecoration's 7 projects »
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  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Envelope templates can be found by searching for them in search engines. Select your desired size and print your template.

  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out your template.

  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Choose your paper--This is where you can make some unique choices for paper: use colored paper, magazines, old maps, decorative wrapping paper, or any fun and interesting paper you can get your hands on. I stuck with simple solid colors, but I've seen some great envelopes with some of the other types of paper as well. Place the template on top of your paper and trace it with a pencil.

  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut your traced envelope out with scissors.

  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 5
    Step 5

    If there are any remaining pencil lines, you can either erase them now or fold your envelope so they are on the inside of your envelope.

    Lightly score where your envelope flap meets the front part of your envelope. This will make folding your envelope easier. (For those of you who don't know, scoring is when you open up your scissors and run the point along the paper to make a scored line.)

  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold all but the top flap in toward the center. You can play around with this, but generally the bottom flap goes on top of the two side flaps.

    Make a light pencil line on the bottom flap, tracing around your top flap to indicate where the top and bottom flaps overlap.

  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Unfold the flaps and put glue on the spots that the top and bottom flaps intersect (inside your pencil line)

  • How to make an envelope. Make Your Own Envelopes  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the bottom flap back up and either press with your fingers or place underneath a heavy object.

    Once dry, these envelopes can be used for whatever you'd like.

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