Hand-Made Envelopes

Kids love to make hand-made greeting cards for holidays, but most of these cards don’t fit into conventional envelopes. Here is an easy way to make your own envelopes, and even add a liner to make them extra-special!

To Make an Envelope:

1. Lay your card diagonally on a square of paper that is a little larger than your card on each side. (If you make your card from an 8 1/2” x 11” or 9” x 12” paper folded in half, then a 12” x 12” square will work perfectly for the envelope.)

2. Fold each side up over the card, beginning with one of the shorter sides and ending with one of the longer sides. If you lightly “score” your envelope (with your fingernail or a paper clip) along the edges of the card it will make it easier to fold.

3. Remove the card and unfold your envelope. Cut away the triangles where the fold lines cross. You can round all the corners with scissors if you want.

4. Now fold the bottom up and glue the sides to it.

5. To finish, put your card back inside and glue the top down or seal it closed with a sticker.

To Make a Liner for your Envelope:

1. Measure the width of your envelope, and subtract 1/4 inch. For the length, open up the flap of the envelope, and measure from the bottom edge to about ¾” below the point. Cut your lining paper to this size. (To line an envelope for a 6”x9” card, cut your liner paper to 8 ¾” x 10 ¼”.)

2. Next, slide the lining paper into the envelope, and fold the corners down about ¾” below the edge of your flap, to allow room for gluing. Crease well. Remove the lining paper and cut along the fold lines.

3. Insert the liner into your envelope, and fold it down along the flap fold. Place a piece of scrap paper between the liner flap and the body of the envelope to protect the envelope from glue. Finally, glue the back of the liner to the inside of the envelope flap.

4. Fold the envelope flap over the liner, and rub well. Lift flap and remove the scrap paper.

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3 Responses to Hand-Made Envelopes

  1. natty241 February 13, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    I love this idea. I bet the kids love taking their cards home in the little envelopes. what kind of paper did you use?

  2. TeachKidsArt February 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    You can use any kind of paper! For these samples I used construction paper and brown kraft paper. You can really have fun with the liners, using Japanese rice paper or any of the zillions of fun scrapbooking papers out there!

  3. K-Sue February 16, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    This is such a helpful tutorial. Now I want to make a bunch of envelopes. A BUNCH. Thank you!