Handmade Envelopes

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Handmade envelopes

Swap-bot members run crafty swaps that encourage me to try new things. Today I made some envelopes from origami paper, tracing paper, and an old map. I'd never done that before, but it's easy and fun. I like these especially because they are pretty and practical, too.

To make your own envelope:

  1. Take an envelope you like, carefully rip it apart at the seams (or Google for "envelope template" for some that you can print out)
  2. Use the old envelope as a template on some fresh paper
  3. optional: Trace around the template
  4. Cut out the envelope shape following the template or tracing
  5. Fold up the new envelope
  6. Glue the side and bottom flaps together
  7. Decorate as desired

It really couldn't be easier and you end up with fun envelopes from your own stash of papers. It's not too late to join the Handmade Envelope swap if you want to give yourself an excuse to try making some.

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once upon a time made a load of envelopes:


i find the coluzzle template very useful:


along with a swivel knife, voila, lifetime supply of handmade envelopes!


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