Monday, February 17, 2020

How to Make an Envelope from Paper or Magazine Pages

How to make an envelope out of paper magazine pages
While envelopes aren't exactly expensive, making envelopes out of paper - like scrapbook paper, junk mail or magazines - is a fun way to recycle and get super cute envelopes at the same time!

This sample envelope, for example, was made from the paper cover of Real Simple magazine. Beautiful!

Once you learn how to make an envelope, you'll want to do it all the time!

There is no better way to make your mail stand out and feel special than sending it in a cool envelope.

Making envelopes from paper is easy enough that elementary-age kids, preteens and teens can do it as a fun rainy day project. And who wouldn't love to get mail in a special, custom made envelope?

Ready to learn how to make envelopes out of paper you have at home? Let's do it!



How to Make an Envelope Out of Paper
like magazine pages or scrapbook paper

How to make DIY envelopes from magazine pages. It's super easy to learn how to make an envelope from a magazine or any 8.5 x 11 piece of paper or scrap paper. These are a cute way to recycle pages from old books, magazines or calendars to give them new life. #recycledcraft #howtomakeanenvelope #recycledmagazines #earthday

Supplies

  • Magazine, calendar or scrapbook pages - cut to 8.5 x 11 inches before starting
  • Card or letter to mail
  • Glue stick
  • Pen
  • Labels
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How to make an envelope out of paper - Real Simple magazine

Directions

Step 1: Pick a magazine page you like and turn it face down. 

Center your card on the page.

Fold in the long sides of the page against the sides of the card. 

Adjust where you fold as needed in order to avoid undesirable text from appearing on the front of your envelope.
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Step 2: Fold in all four corners dog ear style.
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Step 3: Using the bottom of your card as a guide, fold the bottom edge up. 

Mark the diagonals with a pen. You'll use this mark as a guide in the next step.
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Step 4: Apply the glue stick on both sides of the magazine paper from the line you just drew, down to the fold. 

Next, fold the bottom corner up to meet the line you drew and press the edges to seal.
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Step 5: Slide your card or letter into the envelope. Fold the top edge down and crease. Open it back up and apply glue across the top and on the dog ears. Finally, fold it down to seal.
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Step 6: If desired, add labels to the front to make a pretty, writable surface suitable for mailing.
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That's it!
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    Learn how to make a DIY envelope from scrapbook paper, magazine page or out of other papers. No punch board required! This is so easy! This would be a fun craft project to do on a rainy day with kids or teens. These easy envelope folding directions lets you make cool envelopes from recycled magazine, book pages, calendars and more. This would make a great earth day project.



    Printable Directions for How to Make an Envelope



    How to Make an Envelope Out of Paper or Magazine Pages

    Yield: 1 envelope
    Author: Carissa Bonham
    Estimated cost: $0
    prep time: 2 Mperform time: 3 Mtotal time: 5 M
    This easy recycled craft project will let you turn old magazines, books, calendars or any 8.5 x 11 piece of paper into an envelope suitable to send in the mail.

    materials:

    • Magazine, calendar or scrapbook pages - cut to 8.5 x 11 inches before starting
    • Card or letter to mail
    • Labels

    tools:

    • Glue stick
    • Pen

    steps:

    1. If the paper you are using is larger than 8.5 x 11, cut it down to that size before starting.
    2. Turn your paper face down (so the side you want to be on the outside is facing the table). Center your card on the page.
    3. Fold in the long sides of the page against the sides of the card. Adjust where you fold as needed in order to avoid undesirable text from appearing on the front of your envelope.
    4. Fold in all four corners dog ear style.
    5. Using the bottom of your card as a guide, fold the bottom edge up. Mark the diagonals with a pen. You'll use this mark as a guide in the next step.
    6. Apply the glue stick on both sides of the magazine paper from the line you just drew, down to the fold. Then fold the bottom corner up to meet the line you drew and press the edges to seal.
    7. Slide your card or letter into the envelope. Fold the top edge down and crease. Open it back up and apply glue across the top and on the dog ears.
    8. Fold it down to seal.
    9. If desired, add labels to the front to make a pretty, writable surface suitable for mailing.

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    About the Author:

    Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

    Her goal is to empower families to make easy projects and healthier choices that are beautiful and delicious! She is also the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018). 

    Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living Tribe.
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    3 comments:

    1. I'm looking forward to trying this technique......very cool!

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    2. i like different, regular mail is so boring, thanks.

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