I always come up with my best ideas when I am pressed for time, money, or supplies. Perhaps its the limitations that make my creativity expand and the creative juices flow. I recently had such an experience when I was writing thank you notes….I had none. I culled threw my supplies and found a template for an envelope that I had made years ago. I grabbed a thrifted, vintage book and made the cutest envelopes. These DIY envelopes are really so easy and super kid friendly, too. Read on for the simple how – to’s.
Envelope Template – free download HERE.
Old Book, magazine, or wrapping paper – shop thrift stores to find books, especially damaged ones you don’t feel guilty about cutting up.
Scissors and Glue Stick
Let’s get started!
The Easy How -To:
- Download your template here.
- Print it out and trace onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out carefully on the lines. This make a stronger template so you can make lots of envelopes.
- Trace the envelope template onto a book or magazine. We used a damaged book with mostly pictures for our envelopes. I also love using kids art and catalogs.
- Cut out the flat envelope carefully.
- Place your flat envelope pointy side up, front facing down and fold up from the bottom.
4. Then fold in each side and finally, fold the pointy top down.
5. To glue, place a bit of glue on the bottom edge of each side flap and press the bottom flap over the sides as shown below.
6. Let dry and start your next one!!
We are making these DIY envelopes for some simple valentine cards this year, but these can be used for any season or type of note writing. You will have fun just searching around for fun paper to use to make your envelopes….vintage papers and books, catalogs, magazines, kids artwork, newspaper, junk mail. We love writing and sending notes in our house and these DIY envelopes will just add to the fun.
Making these DIY envelopes is so much fun you may not realize all the good work that is going on here. As a teacher I can not help but think of all the skill building happening: note writing, empathic thinking, handwriting, cursive, creative reuse, fine motor development, practicing gratitude…wow! What else can I add to the list?