It’s easy to make custom envelopes for your handmade cards – perfect for those non-traditional sizes! You can get creative with unique papers and decorative liners, too. Kids will catch on quickly since they don’t even need to measure their paper…. they just need to understand the concept of starting with a square that’s a little bit larger than the card.
(Note: I’m giving specific measurements for those who want them, but the beauty of these envelopes is that you can make them without measuring! Even the liners can be made just by ‘eyeballing’ the size needed. You don’t need to be exact…. close enough is good enough here!)
1. Start with a square piece of paper that’s just a little larger than your card on each side. Turn the square so its corners point up and down, and right and left (like a diamond). Then center your card on the square. (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. For a small 4” x 5” card, a 7” x 7” square will work well.)
2. Fold each corner 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 the top corner with scissors if you want.
4. Now fold the sides in and fold the bottom flap up over them. Cut the point off the bottom flap (if you want), and glue the edges of the bottom flap to the lower edges of the side flaps.
5. To finish, put your card back inside and glue the top down or seal it closed with a sticker.
To line your envelope (optional)….
(Note: Once again, you can totally do this without measuring, just by laying the liner on top of the finished envelope and eyeballing the amount to fold back and cut!)
1. Measure the width of your envelope, and subtract about 1/4 inch so the liner will fit easily inside. For the length, open up the flap of the envelope, and measure from the bottom fold of your envelope 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 down the upper left and right edges of the liner about ¾” inside the edges of the envelope flap, to allow a space for gluing your envelope closed. 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 back of 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.
|Collaged card with a custom envelope, inspired by the art of Haiti!|