DIY: Custom Envelopes from Patterned Paper

Today I'm happy to feature a guest post from Kristen Desrosier of LCI Paper who created this tutorial in which she introduces decorative paper envelopes with a clever twist. Take it away, Kristen!:

Perhaps it is just the paper lover in me, but I feel there's something really spectacular and intriguing about getting a pretty envelope in the mail. It's colorful, it's different, it's certainly not a bill, and it's communication that didn't come in the form of an email! What's not to love, and who wouldn't be excited to see what's inside?

Custom Made Envelopes Tutorial

With this thought in mind, I created the lovely little note card envelopes* you see here. They’re made with two lightweight papers – in this case, a silk screened Japanese Chiyogami and a metallic, and unlike other patterned envelopes, these guys can be addressed and mailed. A portion of the solid liner wraps around to the front of the envelope creating a defined space in which to write the name and address. The writing will not get lost in a sea of pattern, and the unique band looks much nicer than a plain old stick-on label.

You can make these envelopes in any size with any two lightweight papers, and in the tutorial below, you'll find a template and instructions that show you just how to do it!

*Finished envelopes measure 3 5/8 x 5 1/8" and fit a 3 1/2 x 4 7/8" card (A1 size)

Materials needed:
  • 2 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11" text paper - 1 pattern, 1 solid
  • Exacto knife or preferred cutting tool
  • Paper glue or double-sided tape
  • 2 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11" card stock - for template printing
  • Pencil to trace templates onto papers (optional)

1. Download & Print Templates

Begin by downloading the two envelope templates below - one for the patterned outside of the envelope, one for the lining and band on the inside of the envelope.

Download outer template pattern
Download inner template solid liner

Print onto two pieces of card stock to create sturdy, durable templates.


2. Cut Templates from Card Stock
Next, cut out the templates using your cutting tool of choice. For straight,   accurate cuts, an Exacto knife and straight edge seem to do the trick.


3. Use Templates to Create 2 Envelope Pieces

Use the templates to create the two pieces of your envelopes.
  • Use Outer-Template-Pattern pdf for the paper that will become the outer portion of your envelope.
  • Use Inner-Template-Solid-Liner pdf for the paper that will become the liner and band of your envelope.
Depending on your comfort level, you can either trace the template onto papers, then cut using an Exacto, or use the template to cut exactly from the papers.

Don't forget to cut a slit in the outside paper for the band as indicated on the template!


4. Align 2 Envelope Pieces

After creating the two pieces of your envelope, align them roughly as shown here, guiding the band through the slit in the outside layer.


5. Fold Bottom & Side Flaps in to Create Bottom of Envelope

Using the template or the natural shape of the envelope as a guideline, fold the bottom, left, and right flaps in toward the center of the envelope.

With the glue or tape of your choice, adhere the left and right flaps to the bottom flap using just enough to cover the areas of overlap. Be sure not to glue the envelope to the liner!


6. Adhere Liner to Top Flap

Now that your envelope has taken shape, the liner needs to be glued in place. To do this:
  • Center the liner on the flap and fold downward as if you were closing the envelope (see below)
  • Glue just the perimeter of the liner
  • Press liner firmly to outer patterned paper

7. Adhere the Front Band

The final step, bring the band around to the front of the envelope, press so it is flat and straight, and glue.

Once dry, this band can be handwritten with a formal or informal address or perhaps a personalized message.



 Custom Made Envelopes Tutorial

About LCI
Founded in 1995, Marlborough, Massachusetts-based LCI Paper, Inc. offers consumers a quick, affordable way to purchase wedding envelopes, invitations & stationery for printing. Through an easy online ordering system, products are shipped same day from their order fulfillment center. LCI is Better Business Bureau certified and A+ rated.

Ann Martin
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