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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Handmade Envelopes + Pinterest Thursday

Making your own envelopes is a great way to add an extra special touch to a card or even a scrapbook. It's so easy, and you can use coordinating paper to match the rest of your project. First, for a pattern, you can take a regular envelope of whatever size you want and open up the flaps. Then trace the envelope pattern onto the blank side of the paper and cut.

Then, I use the edge of my paper cutter to make straight folds for the envelope flaps (because I'm a little OCD).

Next, fold the side flaps in and glue the bottom flap edges to the side flaps to close up the envelope.

Done! Easy as that. I love adding handmade envelopes to scrapbooks for an additional place to store pictures and other keepsakes.

Now on to the Pinterest part. I saw this cute care package on Pinterest a little while ago and thought it was perfect for sending to a few girls from our church's youth group who have gone off to college.

This is from Laura Kaesshaefer's post on making a care package to send overseas to her brother. So, I decided to do this using some handmade envelopes and note cards. Once I made five envelopes out of coordinating paper, I glued the top flap of each envelope to the back of another one in a chain.

I filled each envelope with a coordinating note and some candy and... 

Care package, done! I tied it shut with ribbon just like Laura's post shows. What a cute little package! I'm excited to make a few more and send them out! Thanks Laura, for the inspiration!

Check out more Pinterest projects at Life by the Book.


  1. Now THAT is a great idea...oh the possibilities.

    I have never made my own envelopes, but I HAVE opened them up and glued scrapbook paper to the insides because I love that pop of color on the inside of a plain colored envelope. cute cute cute, did I tell you that I loved that I found your blog? okay, good :)

  2. Oh this is fabulous! I love this idea- what an awesome care package. I've been meaning to try making envelopes, too, so your easy method makes me want to go and do it even more! Thanks for linking up today!!

  3. love the care package idea - so fun and creative!

  4. Wow! I wish I had this idea when my hubby deployed! He would have loved it!

  5. These are cute, and I have SO much fun paper laying around. I need to use it up!