Sending happy mail is going to be really easy now that you know how to Make an Envelope out of paper.
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Sending mail the old fashion way is still one of my favorite things to do. Seeing something in the mailbox other than a bill, or junk mail always makes me smile. And I figure it makes others smile too.
Making your own envelope makes sending snail mail even more fun. You can customize them any way you want. Sometimes I don’t always have an envelope on hand, so this trick comes in handy in those situations.
To Make an Envelope out of paper you will need:
- 8.5″ x 8.5″ piece of paper (I recommend 30 pound or heavier)
- Tombow Permanent Adhesive
- Tombow ABT Pro Markers (Any colors you like)
I found that using a heavier weight paper works better for an envelope. Cardstock is too thick, but regular printer paper is too thin. 32 pound weight paper works really well. Not just for making the envelope, but for using the Tombow ABT Pro markers to make your design.
Cut your paper into a square that is 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches. Then use the chisel tip of the ABT Pro markers to create a fun confetti design. Leave a blank area in the middle for adding the address later. Of course you can make any design you want on your envelope. But this chisel tip trick is really easy and super cute.
How to Make an Envelope
Once you have your design created, flip the paper over and fold diagonal so corners touch corners. Press the folded edge just in the center of the fold. Once you’ve done one side, open up the paper and do the same thing on the other corners.
When you open up the paper you should have an X in the middle of the paper. Then fold one corner to meet the middle X and press along the fold. Do the same with the opposite corner. Do it one more time with a 3rd corner. Once you have 3 corners fold with the corners touching, move onto the next step.
Unfold the last section that you just folded toward the center. Take the remaining corner (it should be opposite the one you just unfolded), and bring the corner past the center and line up the point of the corner with the straight crease for the opposite corner that you just created.
Open it back up and then fold in each of the sides of that section using the bottom straight crease as a guide. See photo 2 in the collage below. Add a little of the Tombow Permanent Adhesive to the tip and fold up about one inch.
Add the Permanent Adhesive along the two sides next to the fold you just made. DO NOT add any adhesive to the tip, just to the sides.
Bring that section up and press the edges down so the adhesive will stick to the 2 adjoining sections. If you had put adhesive on that 1 inch piece you had folded up, it would adhere to the inside area of the envelope and you wouldn’t be able to add your note.
Add your note or card, and then fold the top flat down and seal with a little permanent adhesive or a sticker or tape. And your envelope is ready for sending!
Who do you think you will make an envelop for first?!?! I think I had confetti on the brain because it was my birthday month, but I think mom deserves a nice note. I used the brush end tip of my ABT Pro to write on the front of my envelope. Now it really is ready for gifting!