I always seem to run out of envelopes in my house – it’s usually the little C6 sized ones that fit a note card or a piece of A4 paper folded in 4. So I thought I’d have a go at making my own envelopes out of old magazines. These would look gorgeous made from vintage comics or lifestyle magazines.
You will need
- Bone folder (not needed but nice to have)
- An old magazine (pages must be just over A4 in size)
- Thin, double-sized tape
- White card or paper (one sheet of A4)
- The iMake envelope template: Envelope Template by iMake (the template is 21cm x 21cm square – check this once you have printed it so ensure that you are printing to scale). Please contact me if you have problems with the template and I can supply exact dimensions.
Gather your tools and materials and print out the envelope template, ideally on card, but paper is fine. Cut out the template.
Take your chosen magazine page and draw around the template on the wrong side. Cut it out.
Fold the 2 smaller side flaps in and crease using the bone folder if you have one. The edge of a ruler will also work.
Fold and crease one of the larger flaps.
Do the same with the other larger flap.
Open up the larger flaps and add double-sided sticky tape as shown in the photo. Try and get the tape really close to the edge, as shown. Peel off the tape and stick the bottom flap down.
Fold over the point of the bottom flap as shown, crease and tuck in.
And there you have it! A handmade envelope. You can buy proper envelope glue (lick and stick) to seal the top flap or use double sided tape. I rather like using cute stickers or washi tape. Here’s a great tutorial for how to make your own envelope glue from The Postman’s Knock: Envelope Glue.