Making Envelopes

One of my favorite things about mail is making my own envelopes.

When I first started on this mail journey, I just used a carefully unfolded envelope and traced around it. At some point, I discovered these envelope stencils/ templates at Paper Source and just had to have them. What I love is that they come in 6 different sizes, from the #1 baby to the A7. From speaking with fellow LEP members, I know some people use envelope punch boards, which from what I’ve read might make the process quicker overall. But for now, I love my stencils. I really enjoy just sitting down tracing, cutting, and then gluing all of the envelopes. Depending on how many envelopes I’m making, I could be busy for a couple of hours and I find it very therapeutic.

For my glue, I prefer to use a hot glue gun, but find that double-sided tape works just as well. When it’s time to seal the envelopes to be sent out into the world, I’ll use clear, double-sided or washi tape.

I’ll make envelopes out of anything really – magazines, construction paper, colored printer paper, and more. But at the moment, my favorite to use is scrapbook paper, especially the double-sided kind since it automatically has designs on the outside and inside! K & Company has beautifully designed paper, and that’s what is usually available at Target.

Here are some of the envelopes I’ve recently made.



  1. Those are GORGEOUS!!!!! So pretty and luxurious (I especially love the one bottom right – looks shiny!!!). I’m still working “old school” – flattened out envelope as a template and old magazines for the new envies – but am right there with the therapeutic quality of envie making!

  2. […] In all the time I’ve written letters, I never really gave much thought to the paper that I wrote my letters on. When I was younger, I did have some Garfield stationery and this big letter writing set, but I was equally happy writing on legal or notepad paper – you know the big yellow pads with lines. I also didn’t pay much attention to the envelope either, not like I do today. […]

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