How to Make an Envelope

Hello pen pallers!

This week I teamed up with fellow letter lover, Lina, from @fromlinawithlove on Instagram. (I'm giddy from the alliteration.)

Lina makes and decorates beautiful envelopes and letters for her pen pals all over the world. I was immediately drawn to the patterned paper she uses, how she pairs different stickers and notions, and just her whole aesthetic. She was kind enough to put this tutorial together to show you how to make an envelope! Check it out below, and give her a follow.

Banner Text - How to: Make an Envelope with Lina from Instagram @fromlinawithlove

 

Hi snail mailers! It’s Lina from the Instagram accounts @fromlinawithlove and @wiscobujo. I started penpalling over a year ago, and I wanted to push my creativity by making and designing pretty envelopes! I also wanted to save more money by making my own envelopes because, as you may know, the cost of stationery adds up. Keep in mind, there are many other methods to make an envelope. Currently, I use an envelope punch board from We R Memory Keepers but the following method is for those who have limited supplies or want your paper orientation to be a certain way.

 

Three handmade envelopes on marble countertop

How To Make An Envelope:

Size 5x7, Using Scrapbook Paper

 

Materials:

  • Paper 
  • Pencil 
  • Ruler
  • Scissors 
  • Glue stick, double-sided tape or glue/tape runner
  • Score board* (helpful)
  • Cutting board* (helpful)

*Note: Many craft companies have a 2 in 1/dual cutting board/scoring board. I have the We R Memory Keepers 2 in 1, but they discontinued my cutting blade so I purchased a separate cutting board from Fiskars.

 

  1. Select the 12x12 paper you’d like to use (12x12 is standard paper size from most paper pads). It does not have to be 12x12, but the minimum is 10.5x10.5 for this 5x7 envelope size. I purchase my paper pads from Michael’s or Joann’s craft stores. The below patterns are from a Michael’s paper pad.

 

12x12 paper showing text overlay of measurements. From top left: 9 inches, 3 inches. From left down: 10.5 inches, 1.5 inches


2. Measure and cut your 12x12 paper to 10.5x9 with scissors or a cutting board. I prefer the cutting board because it cuts a straight line. If your paper pattern has only one direction, you will have to keep in mind the orientation you cut the paper (otherwise the pattern ends up being sideways or upside down). For example, the paper I am using has a vertical pattern with the foliage pointing upwards. I want to keep this orientation so the height (vertical measurement) is 10.5 inches and width (horizontal measurement) is 9 inches. 

 

paper on scoring board with text overlay: score 1 inch on left and right side

 3.If you have a scoring board, score your paper 1 inch from each left and right side, these will be your side flaps. I like scoring boards because they indent your paper in a straight line, and it makes things line up better when you fold the flaps in later on. If you do not have a scoring board, measure 1 inch from each side and mark with a pencil.


4. Turn your paper to the side 90 degrees. Measure with a ruler and pencil (or score with your scoreboard) 1.5 inches from the top of the paper. This is your top flap. Measure or score 4 inches from the bottom of the paper. This is the bottom flap.

paper on scoreboard with text overlay: score 1.5 inches from the top             paper on scoreboard with text overlay: score 4 inches from bottom
5. Cut your four corner rectangles off from the score or marked measurement. The middle portion is the only area that should have flaps when you are finished cutting. I cut with a slight slant, but that is a personal preference. 
Top: Scored envelope, each of the four corners marked with an "x"; Bottom: Envelope form after corners have been cut off
6. Turn the paper over to the white side. If you scored your paper, now you'll want to fold in your side and bottom flaps. Leave the side flaps folded in and pull back the bottom flap.

 

7. Place glue or tape on the sides, either along the edges of the bottom flap (white side) or directly on the two small side flaps (printed). If you put your adhesive on the side flaps, make sure not to run it all the way to the top, because your bottom flap won't reach the top once you've folded it up. Leave the top 1/3 un-sticky.
Envelope on marble counter top, hands holding it down and running a glue stick along the right edge of the bottom section




 Stick it down and voila! You have a pretty envelope, ready to use!

Four envelopes in different patterns on marble countertop

Check out my Instagram, @fromlinawithlove, to see how I decorate the front of envelopes with paper, stickers, and washi tape.

 

 

Pretty easy, right? Lina was super helpful and explained it wonderfully. I was so excited to try it out myself! I made two 5x7 envelopes which were a little bit wonky (they were a too small, but still functional) and even figured out how to make a letter-sized envelope using guesswork. A tutorial will be posted for that process, so make sure you subscribe via email ;) I hope you have fun with this tutorial - feel free to share your creations with Lina and I on Instagram! (@amstationery)

Keep Writing and Stay Curious!

Alison

 

SENTimental Blog Banner: A blog about notes and letters

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published