{Handmade Envelopes}

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

One of my Twitter followers recently requested a tutorial on making homemade envelopes, and since we were snowed in again today I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to catch up on a couple craft projects. (A girl can only watch so many Food Network Challenges).


MATERIALS: You'll need a pair of scissors, masking tape, labels, and some old maps or pages from your favorite magazines. (Reason #482 why you should never throw away your Anthropologie & Patagonia catalogues). As far as maps, I usually buy mine at Half Price Books for around $1 each. This isn't bad considering you can usually make 10-12 envelopes per map depending on the size.

INSTRUCTIONS: First you'll wanna take a standard white mailing envelope (3.5" x 6.5") and place it on top your map or magazine. Then fold the bottom of your magazine up 1," then another 1.5" creating a pocket. Then fold the top of your magazine down 1", then down again until you hit the top of the white envelope. This should give your new envelope finished edges and a standard height of 3.5." Next, you'll slide out the white envelope and lay it on top of your new one. Using your scissors cut away any access paper, making your new envelope 6.5" wide. Then stick on a return label and shipping label (I use Avery 5160's). Lastly, insert your letter and seal the sides of your new envelope with masking tape. Once you tape down the back flap it's ready for Mr. McFeely to deliver!

Honestly, this is kind of a janky way of making handmade envelopes, but I like the rough and organic feel from not using a paper cutter or glue. Either way, they're super easy and fast to make, and can add a nice personal touch to your handwritten letters.

XOXO

11 comments:

PaisleyJade said...

I have always wanted to know how to makes these!! Thanks soooooooo much.

Anna said...

I used to make these all the time when I had pen pals back in jr. high. I was super into the pen pal scene. Do people still do that? Or has facebook and twitter eliminated that whole culture? Does anyone remember "slam books?" It was like prehistoric facebook profiles... you wrote your interests and contact info and passed it along in a letter to the next person in a chain. Ah, those were the days. I have loads of old magazines that I can't wait to cut up and send letters in! Thanks for the tutorial!

Today's Letters said...

twinner and i have been making these for as long as i can remember! prob learned how when we had pen pals out the yang. they used to take me forever to make, but now i'm not quite as particular ;)

Gracifers said...

Thank you Thank you thank youuu! I can't wait to find some free time to actually make them!


(P.S. I totally love twitter for reasons like this!)

Allison and Daniel said...

So we in Indianapolis will have our 3rd snow day in a row (from all the ice) tomorrow, and I will be trying this project tomorrow with my free time! thanks for the great idea.

Anonymous said...

A man in Charlottesville Virginia has a collection of envelopes made from repurposed papers during the Civil War. Among the papers were wanted posters, wallpaper, and bills that had been paid The envelopes were folded perfactly and addressed in the lovely script of the times. Clearly you are carrying on a tradition. Good for you. Ann

ellie said...

I make my own evelopes all the time! You can buy plastic stencils at paper and craft stores, or get the templates for them online for free! That way you can have envelopes just like the ones you would buy, but in awesome, recycled papers! There is something completely awesome about the rugged-ness (not to mention speed) in making these envelopes... think i'll try it your way!

amanda said...

I love the idea of making them out of maps! You're brilliant!

Jessica said...

Weeeeee! Oh, how I adore the handwritten letter! I've been making envelopes out of Anthropologie magazines for years too...even the stationary itself (by writing with a great dark pen around the images, or sometimes down the sides of those lovely white bordered pages). Sometimes I'll even just save an envelope I have that I like the style of, and open it up and get my trace on. :)

Great tutorial and inspiration for reviving the letter writing process-- just in time for Valentines Day. {Mwah!}

Today's Letters said...

ps, someone asked me on FB how to order maps from half price books. i should have clarified that i don't actually order these online. there is a hpb less than a mile from where we live and they have a box of old national geographic maps in the back for $1 each. so if you can get your hands on some old NG mags, you'll be set!

Jordanna said...

Oh my gosh, so cute!! I'm totally gonna try these the next snow day we get... oh wait, we don't get snow days in California... :) oh well. I'm gonna try them soon though! Thanks for the inspiration!

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