Have you ever wanted to create your own envelopes using colorful paper? Well, if so, today you are in luck! Todays’ Christmas project is making Christmas envelopes. Before we start, you’ll need the following:
- Mechanical Pencil
- Scrapbook paper (I used 12×12 Christmas Paper)
- Paper for the liner (this can be wrapping paper, vellum, magazines, old cards, or colorful paper)
- glue (I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue. The Tombow rollers would work too)
- An envelope to use as a template (this article has some printable templates if you don’t have an envelope)
Creating the Template Envelope
Take the envelope you wish to use as a template. Gently rip the envelope apart where it has been glued. You don’t want to rip and tear it, but have it in the form it was before it had been glued.
Once the envelope is in one piece and no longer glued together, you want to notice the folds. Every envelope folds up and has folds which other pieces are glued to. Try to keep that in mind when we get to our own creation.
Trace onto Your Paper
Take your paper (I used 12×12 Scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby) and place your template on the back of it. Take note of where you want to cut (if the design is all the same, this doesn’t matter. If you have details you want on the envelope, be sure to place your template on that area so you trace around it). Trace around your envelope template being sure to hold it down to get correct lines. Don’t worry if you mess up or draw inside. You can erase this later. Go all the way around the envelope.
Cut Out Your Envelope
Cut around the area you just traced. You can cut directly on the line or outside of it. I usually cut on the line so I don’t have to erase as much. Cut it out completely and lay the design facing down. Take note of where the top flap is and where the bottom is and be sure you know which end is up. I always mess this part up a bit because the bottom and top flaps are similar. You could always make a mark on the bottom if you struggle like I do with this.
Scoring the lines
Before we jump to the scoring part, I want you to not score the top flap. You can look at your template and note all the fold lines. These are lines that you will score on your new envelope. Usually you need to score the sides, fold the bottom up and glue. Score the sides, fold. Score the flap & fold. You might need to score it twice to get it to fold properly.
Before gluing the sides in place, we are going to jump into making our liner.
Create the Liner
Take the top flap of your envelope and measure about a 1/4-1/2 in. from the edge. Place your liner paper inside the flap area. My flap is square, so if you have one that is more triangular, you will have to cut it in that shape. You could turn your paper so the corner is pointing to the top of the flap (for triangular envelope flaps). Otherwise, mark the area you need to cut near the flap and then note where the bottom of the envelope is and mark that area for cutting as well. Use a paper cutter for straight lines. You should have a rectangle that fits inside the envelope, and then the flap area.
Important! Score the liner & the flap that will fold down at the same time. You might need to go over the the score line a few times to get them both scored. Fold over to create more of a bend.
Glue the liner down using your glue. Press down and wipe away any excess. If you are using the Tombow, it will dry within a minute. Other glue might need longer drying time.
Glue the Folds
Fold down the sides and note where the paper folds up so you can add the glue to the correct area. Glue down the bottom flap to the two side panels. Press down & wipe off excess. Here’s a few I made and posted on Instagram.
Have you ever made envelopes? If so, what did you think?