Did you know that you can make your own envelope? Really, if you think about it, an envelope is just a folded piece of paper that’s designed to hold another piece of paper. You’re more than capable of making folds and gluing! In today’s YouTube tutorial, I’ll show you how to make an envelope out of pretty much any piece of paper that catches your eye. All you’ll need is a commercial envelope (or a template out of the LWCR), a piece of decorative paper, glue, a pencil, and scissors!
The YouTube Tutorial
This tutorial is pretty quick and simple. In it, you’ll learn how to make your own envelope in a matter of minutes! Be sure to watch until the end for a full minute of DIY envelope inspiration.
First of all, The Letter Writer’s Complete Resource is great for people who want to make their own envelopes! It’s got envelope templates, envelope liner and pattern printables, and gorgeous hand-painted clipart to decoupage on envelopes. As I mentioned in the video, an envelope made out of thin paper can benefit from an envelope liner to give it some heft! You can learn how to make envelope liners in this tutorial.
Remember that you can make a DIY moisten-to-seal envelope glue for handmade envelopes! The recipe for the glue is super simple, and you can find it in this blog post.
Making Envelopes that Arrive at Their Destination
When I post adventurous envelope tutorials like this one, people usually ask how likely the envelope is to reach its destination. My answer is that the post office loses 6% of mail that they are given, so there’s a 94% chance your envelope will make it! Just be smart about writing the address — it should be legible, with a crystal clear zip code that a machine can read. For more information on making successful envelopes, you can read this article.
Prefer Written Instructions?
I totally get that you may not be a visual or auditory learner, or maybe you’re sitting at work and can’t watch a video! If that’s the case, this tutorial is a great substitute for today’s YouTube video. Feel free to give it a read!
Thanks so much for checking out today’s YouTube tutorial! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section (either of this blog post, or on my YouTube page). I’m always more than happy to answer!