DIY Envelopes

Photo by Kathleen Quandt

These DIY envelopes add a fun and decorative touch to cards and letters. They are quick and easy to make with just a few items you might already have on hand. I used cardstock and scrapbook paper to make my envelopes because it is sturdier and more opaque than most paper. In this blog post, I will show you two ways to make envelopes.

For the first envelope, I used 8″ x 11″ cardstock because the envelope is smaller. For the second envelope, which is larger, I used 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper.

What you need:

  • cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • envelope (for tracing)
  • scissors
  • glue stick or quick dry glue
  • pencil

DIY Envelope #1


  1. First, choose the kind of envelope you would like to make. For my example, I used an invitation envelope.
  2. Next, carefully peel the envelope apart at the seams so it lays flat.

3. Place the envelope on the cardstock and trace around the edges.

4. Cut the traced envelope out of the cardstock.

5. Fold the cardstock envelope, using the first envelope as a guide.

6. Glue the flaps of the envelope. Make sure not to glue the top flap.

7. Wipe off any excess glue.

You’re done!

DIY Envelope #2


  1. First, choose the cardstock or scrapbook paper you would like to use. For this envelope, I used 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper.

2. With the decorative side facing down, fold the bottom corner up to meet the opposite side, making a square.

3. Cut off any extra paper at the top.

4. Next, fold a crease in the paper that crosses the first crease, making an “x”. These creases will be used as a guide.

5. Turn the paper so that one corner faces up. Fold in the other three corners to the middle, using the “x” crease as a guide.

6. Fold the bottom half of the paper up, leaving the top corner as a flap.

7. Lightly glue the bottom and sides of the envelope. Wipe away excess glue.

You’re done! When you’re ready to mail your envelope, seal it with tape or a decorative sticker.

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