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Envelopes to Make

What you will make:

See how easy it is to make a custom envelope for all of your handmade cards. The envelope can be made from white or colored paper, and can be decorated to match your card. The envelope patterns in this project are sized to go with Aunt Annie's Pop-Up Cards, Heart-Shaped Cards and all the cards in the Greeting Card Tutorials.

Project extra: The project also includes tips on making an envelope to fit any size card or letter, and a special Father's Day envelope.

Related craft: See the Mother's Day Pop-Up Card craft project for another style of envelope that fits Pop-Up Cards.

Here's what you need:
  • Computer paper (white or colored)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: Crayons, colored pencils or markers, ruler and craft knife

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Custom Envelopes

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose the envelope size and design that you want to make. For most handmade cards, the invitation size envelope should work. This size fits 5½" by 4¼" cards, quarter-folded letter-size paper, and the cards in the Greeting Card Tutorials. The Pop-up Card envelope fits 5 1/8" by 4" cards, and the Heart-Shaped Card envelope fits 5" by 4¼" cards. If you want to make a custom size of envelope, see the instructions at the bottom of the project.

Tip: Notice the labels marking the top and bottom envelope flaps.

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Color (optional)

Color the envelope with any colors and designs you like. If you plan to mail the envelope, be especially careful not to color where the address and return address will be written.

Step 3: Cut
Cut out envelope on outline

Cut out the envelope on the solid black line. Try to make your cuts very straight. The envelope will fit together better with straight edges.

Tip: It is easier to make straight cuts with a craft knife and ruler. Protect the table with thick cardboard or a cutting mat. Place the ruler along the line to be cut, then carefully draw the craft knife along the ruler's edge. Be sure to keep your fingertips away from the knife. Careful: craft knives are very sharp and should only be used by adults.

Step 4: Fold

Turn the envelope with the printed side down. Fold the side flaps over on the black lines. Next, fold the bottom flap up on its black line, and fold the top flap down on its black line.

Fold envelope flaps

Tip: Make a sharp crease by running your thumbnail firmly along the fold.

Glue envelope Step 5: Glue

Unfold the top flap. Notice where the bottom flap overlaps the side flaps. This is where you need to put the glue. Unfold the bottom flap and put glue along the sides. Now fold the bottom flap over the side flaps and press.

Tip: Be very neat with the glue. Be sure that there is no glue on the inside of the envelope.

Step 6: Insert Card and Seal Insert card or letter and seal envelope

Insert your card or letter in the envelope. Fold the top flap over and seal it with glue, tape or a sticker.

When making envelopes in advance or to give as gifts, you can apply gum to the flap that is licked to seal it. Just follow the Seal Gum recipe.

That's it! The envelope is ready for your card!
Custom made envelopes

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How to Make Envelopes of Any Size

Follow these easy steps to make an envelope for any size of card or letter:
  1. Measure the card or letter and add a little extra. (How much extra depends upon the thickness of the card or letter—usually about ¼", or 5 mm.) Draw a rectangle the measured size onto the center of a large piece of paper. Mark the center with an 'X'. Tip: The pattern may fit better if the rectangle is drawn at a 45° angle on the paper.
  2. Measure the distance from the 'X' to the top of the rectangle. Add ½" to ¾" (13-19 mm) to this value for overlap. Mark a point this distance above the rectangle, in the center.
  3. Draw lines from this point to both corners of the rectangle to form a triangular-shaped flap.  Draw pattern for any size envelope
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the bottom and side flaps, but only add about ¼" (6 mm) extra for overlap to the side flaps.
  5. Follow the instructions in this project for making the envelope.

Tip: As a guide, look at the envelope patterns in this project. You might want to duplicate some of the features of these envelopes.

Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Envelopes made with decorative paper

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Tip: For a pretty inside lining, print the envelope pattern on the back of decorative paper, like one of Aunt Annie's ePapers.

Project Extra: Pattern

Pattern for Happy Father's Day envelope

Father's Day Envelope

Download and print this pattern for a special Father's Day envelope that fits 5½" by 4¼" cards like the Father's Day Dangler Cards or Simple Father's Day Cards.

Envelope for Father's Day

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Invitation-size envelopes

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Tip: For most handmade cards, the Invitation size envelope should work. This size fits 5½" by 4¼" cards, quarter-folded letter-size paper, and most of the cards in the Greeting Card Tutorials.

Envelopes for pop-up cards

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Tip: The Pop-up Card envelope fits 5 1/8" by 4" cards and all the Valentine's Day Pop-up Cards.

Large card with custom envelope

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Tip: A 12" by 12" sheet of scrapbook paper is large enough to make an envelope for a 5½" by 8" card. See the directions for making an envelope to fit any size of card or letter.

Envelopes for Heart-shaped Cards

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Tip: The Heart-Shaped Cards envelope fits the 5" by 4¼" cards in the Heart-Shaped Card craft project.

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Envelope made with decorative paper

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Tip: When making a envelope from patterned paper, glue a plain paper cutout on the front for writing a name or address.

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