Ah, the sweet smell of a new envelope in your mailbox. There’s something about it that just feels so… satisfying. But have you ever stopped to think about how wasteful it is to use store-bought envelopes? Not to mention, they can be pretty expensive, too. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own envelopes at home using just a few simple supplies. In this post, we’ll show you how to make an envelope from scratch from a sheet of paper. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think! All you need is a piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, and some scissors. Ready to get started? Let’s go!
WHAT DO I NEED?
You will need the following supplies to make your own envelope:
- A piece of paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches (or more)
- A ruler
- A pencil
- An envelope template or a ruler that is 8.5×11 inches
MAKING THE ENVELOPE
Step 1: Here’s how it works: you need a piece of paper that’s twice the size of the envelope you want to make. Then, fold the paper in half so that the shorter sides meet. Make sure the corners are aligned, then crease well and cut off any excess paper.
Step 2: Now, unfold the paper and fold each long side in towards the center, creasing well as you go. Again, make sure the corners are aligned. Finally, fold the bottom up to meet the top edge and crease well. You’ve now made an envelope!
Step 3: Now it’s time to attach the flap. Take the glue and apply a thin strip along the top of the envelope (the part that will be glued to the flap). Be careful not to get any glue on the front of the envelope, since this will show when it’s sealed.
Tip: you can also experiment with patterned paper for fancy designs.
Making your own envelope is a great way to save money and be creative. It’s also a fun project to do with friends or family.