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Video:How to Make a Homemade Envelope

with Jacob Taxis

Homemade envelopes are a personalized way to send a letter or encase a note. Check out how to make a homemade envelope with these creative touches.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Homemade Envelope

Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video you will learn how to make a homemade envelope.

Items for Making Homemade Envelopes:

  • an envelope template from the internet or a ready-made envelope
  • paper
  • printer
  • scissors
  • a glue stick
  • a pen
  • cardstock or thin cardboard
  • and decorating materials

Use an Envelope Template

First, find an envelope template online that will properly encase your card. You can find a variety of free envelope templates on About.com. Print the template onto the side of the paper that you've decided will be the inside of your envelope.

Then, cut along the edge, and discard the excess paper. Next, fold your paper on the folding lines - creating crisp edges. Glue together the side panels and the bottom fold. Press down on the glued areas to secure the bond. Then slip in your card and seal the top fold with the glue stick.

If you don't have access to the internet and a printer, you can create an envelope template by undoing a ready-made envelope and tracing it onto a firm material like cardstock or cereal box cardboard. Add the folding lines, cut it out, and use it as a tracing and folding template.

Trace it onto a variety of papers and paper sizes. Cut the paper out, match it onto the template and fold in accordance with the template's folding lines. Glue the side panels and the bottom fold, add your card, and seal it.

Use Unique Paper for Envelopes

When gathering paper for your homemade cards, consider using maps, unwanted paintings and drawings, old calendar pages and materials from your recycling bin. Or take the time to design and create your own special paper.

To add an element of surprise to your envelope you may want to create an envelope liner. To make a liner, lay your envelope, with the top fold open, onto the backside of the liner paper. Trace it and cut out your shape. Now cut 1/8 of an inch off from each unique edge except for the base edge. Add a layer of glue onto the back side of the liner, and carefully paste it in.

Decorate the Envelope

Envelope decoration sets the tone and heightens the anticipation for the card that awaits inside. Take time to add this extra measure of pizzazz. Here are some decoration ideas:

  • Repeat and layer a single stamp image onto a plain colored envelope for a classic look.
  • Paint your envelope using acrylic ink, which can be bought at your art store. Use markers to add design elements and texture.
  • Metallic markers are valuable for adding embellishments and accents, especially onto dark colored paper.
  • Deck out your envelope with adhesives such as decorative tape, stickers and bands.

If you plan on sending your handmade envelope in the mail, be sure that you research and meet all postage requirements set by your carrier, especially if you have a unique envelope size.

Handmade envelopes are simple and enjoyable to create and are truly delightful to receive. Thank you for watching, for more info visit About.com.

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