How to Make Envelopes with Scrapbook Paper (or Magazines, or Calendars...)

Although I haven't been crafting or creating too many fun things lately, my daughter has, so she gave me permission to share some of her creations--like these pretty envelopes. 

How to make your own envelopes from magazines,calendars,scrapbook paper

She made them with scrapbook paper.  That brought back memories of making these myself.  I've always  loved to have cute envelopes to send real mail. Sometimes I address them in calligraphy, sometimes I pull out some fun rubber stamps, and yes, sometimes a sticker or two. (Embrace your inner child...)

(By the way, I have a LOT of pads of 12x12 scrapbooking paper that I've been collecting through the years, and from the look of my stash, you would think I was saving it for some future crafting apocalypse. I'm really happy that my daughter is actually using hers.)

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Here's How to Make Them:

  • Carefully take a plain envelope apart, and use it as your template.  (No need to buy an envelope template, as I'm sure you have some different sized envelopes around the house. With that said, I do have some templates!  This one makes a square 5, 5 1/2 or 6 inch square envelope.  That's an unusual shape and size, so it makes a fun envelope. (Square envelopes require extra postage if you mail them.)

  • Trace around the unfolded envelope onto your pretty paper.

  • Cut out, fold, and glue with a strong gluestick.  (When you buy a greeting card, instead of using the envelope that comes with it, consider making one to coordinate with the card. Just use the original envelope as your template.)

Think outside the box.  Do you have some magazines with pretty photos or some beautiful calendars?  Papers like that are shiny and perfect as envelopes. Depending on the type of paper you use, you may have to use an address label.

This pad  is similar to the paper that my daughter used, in that it is photo real also.

This one is nice for spring.

You can also dress up your envelope with pretty stamps. I love these songbirds.

This would be a fun summer project with kids.  You probably already have everything you need to make these.  Have fun!

Linking to:

An Alli Event
Create with Joy
Creativity Unleashed
Katherine's Corner
Fridays Unfolded
Making Monday
Grammy's Grid


  1. These are beautiful and I agree that Scarlet would love this.

  2. Thanks, Tamara. When my kids were Scarlet's age, projects like this were great practice for learning to use scissors.

  3. Beautiful! I've never thought about making my own envelopes with scrapbook paper. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I'd love to get a pretty letter in the mail like that.

    1. I do too, Dawn. So much better than plain mail (or no mail!)

  5. What lovely envelopes! I never thought of making them from scrapbook paper. Thanks for your comment on my blog a while back too :)

  6. Looks very pretty, love the idea! :-)

  7. Very nice envelopes, she did a great job

  8. I used to do that myself! So much nicer than the plain white envelopes! I did it with magazine pages and old calendars! Great way to recycle!

  9. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 23 for Dessert Recipes (open until August 7) from my previous linkup for Crafts and DIY.


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