Saturday, October 15, 2016

How To Make Small Envelopes

If it never occurred to you that you could make your own custom envelopes in any size and color, you might be amazed at the possibilities. Use beautifully patterned papers to create an assortment of envelopes to fit any correspondence need. For example, if you have a small card and need a small envelope, use the card as a template to make a small envelope that will fit your card precisely.

Things You'll Need

Small card
Paper (at least twice as wide and tall as the card)
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Bone folder
Glue stick


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How to Make Small Envelopes

By Kathryn Hatter
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How to Make Small Envelopes
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If it never occurred to you that you could make your own custom envelopes in any size and color, you might be amazed at the possibilities. Use beautifully patterned papers to create an assortment of envelopes to fit any correspondence need. For example, if you have a small card and need a small envelope, use the card as a template to make a small envelope that will fit your card precisely.

Things You'll Need
Small card
Paper (at least twice as wide and tall as the card)
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Bone folder
Glue stick
Place the paper with the colored or patterned side facing down. Determine how large you wish to make your envelope.

Draw a square or rectangle shape that will be the finished size of the envelope. For example, you might make a small envelope with dimensions of 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches.

Make the top and bottom flaps for the envelope. Make these flaps into isosceles triangle shapes with heights that are approximately 1 inch less than the height of the envelope. Draw these flaps.

Create the side flaps for the envelope. Make these flaps into isosceles triangle shapes with heights that are approximately ½ inch less than the width of the envelope. Draw these flaps.

Cut out the envelope shape you have drawn on the paper.

Fold the bottom flap of the envelope up and crease the fold well. Run the bone folder over the fold to make it crisp.

Bring both the left and right flaps in toward the center of the envelope and fold along the fold lines, creasing the folds well. Run the bone folder over these folds also to make them crisp.

Place a dab of glue onto the top point of the bottom flap and press the right flap over the bottom flap to glue these flaps in place. Place another dab of glue onto the right flap and press the left flap over the right flap to glue these flaps together.

Fold the top envelope flap down along the fold line and crease this fold well. Run the bone folder over the fold to make it crisp. Do not glue this flap in place until you are ready to use the envelope.

Tips & Warnings

A bone folder is a scrapbooking tool that makes folds sharp and crisp when you run it along the folds.
If you are making an envelope for a specific card, trace around the card and add 1/8 inch to all sides to make a custom envelope for your card.


How To Make A Big Envelope

If you want to package an oversized card or object, consider making your own big envelope. You can make the envelope original with colored or patterned paper if you want it to look festive. Consider visiting a craft store for an envelope template. If you can't find a template the size you want, follow these steps to make an envelope that is the size of your choosing.

Things You'll Need

Paper
Glue stick
Ruler


Decide how large you need the envelope to be. Trace the item you want to package on a sheet of paper. Use a ruler to measure the length at its longest point and width at its widest point. Your envelope must be at least this big. Add at least 1/2 inch to each measurement so that it's easy to fit the item inside.

Get two pieces of paper that are at least slightly larger than the dimensions you need.

Draw a box on the first sheet of paper that is as big as the dimensions you need. On the top side of the envelope, extend the lines so it looks as if a triangle is protruding from the side. This will be the flap that closes the envelope.

Draw a box on the second sheet of paper that has the same dimensions. On all sides of the envelope except the top, add 1/2-inch boxes that will be used as tabs. These will help secure the two sides together.

Cut out the paper, following the lines you drew. Cut around the tabs and flap so they're still connected to the envelope.

Fold down the tabs on the second sheet of paper. Use a glue stick to paste the second sheet of paper to the first sheet on the bottom and two sides.

Fold down the top triangle flap. Glue it shut once you have placed your item in the envelope.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure the two sheets line up before pasting them together.
Look for an envelope template in craft stores or online for an easier process.