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
and all the cards in the
Project extra: The project also includes tips on making an envelope
to fit any size card or letter.
Related craft: See the
Mother's Day Pop-Up Card craft project for another
style of envelope that fits
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper (white or colored)
- 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
Card Tutorials. The
Pop-up Card envelope
fits 5 1/8" by 4" cards, and the
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 the envelope on the solid black line. Try to make your
cuts very straight. The envelope will fit together better with
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
- 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.
Tip: Make a sharp crease by
running your thumbnail firmly along the fold.
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 your card or letter in the envelope. Fold the top flap over and seal it with glue, tape or a
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!
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