How to Make Painted DIY Envelopes

Painted DIY Envelopes in Abstract Patterns
I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little color in their mailbox, amidst all the sad AF white envelopes (bills) and brown kraft paper packages. Boo. So, this tutorial is for all of us who could use a pick-me-up in the mail!

These painted DIY envelopes would be a playful option for wedding invitations, save the dates, birthday parties, housewarmings, thank you cards, etc, etc. And I’m showing you how to make ’em, from start to finish today (the start being a completely blank piece of paper). Click through for the tutorial for these painted DIY envelopes from scratch.

How to make painted DIY envelopes in abstract patterns

These envelopes couldn’t be any easier to make. And once the paper is painted, you’ll only need a few supplies. Here’s the full materials list…

Materials for Painted DIY Envelopes

  • thick paper (my fave is Rives BFK 250-270 weight)
  • acrylic paint and/or ink
  • paint brush
  • paint pen or pencil
  • scissors
  • glue stick

How to Make Painted DIY Envelopes

Paint a large sheet of paper in an attract pattern. It doesn’t need to look good on a whole because it’s going to be cut up into smaller pieces anyway. But if you’re not sure where to start, stick with a color scheme or 3-5 colors and just start making marks on paper. And maybe throw in some quirts of ink if all else fails.

While the paint is drying, create a template. You can find loads of envelope templates online for free (or like a $1 download type of thing on Etsy) OR do what I did and rip apart an old envelope you already have to create a new one on your own. So easy!

Next, trace the template onto the painted paper over and over again.

Cut out the templates and fold all of the sides down, as shown in the photo. The side flaps should be folded down first. Then the bottom flap folds over that and the top folds on top of that.

Run glue along the side edges of the bottom flap only (on the inside). Then attach the bottom flap to the folded side flaps of the envelope. Press down until secure.

Painted DIY Envelopes in Various Sizes (from Scratch)

Add an envelope liner if desired or use it as is. DIY envelope liners here if you need a tutorial. Then, throw in that snail mail and get to steppin’ … to the post office.

OR make teeny tiny envelopes to add to mini gifts, floral bouquets, scavenger hunt notes, etc, etc.

Painted DIY Envelopes in Abstract Patterns

Painted DIY Envelopes in Abstract Patterns

Painted DIY Envelopes in Abstract Patterns

Lettering by Cori Maass

What do you think of the finished envelopes? Think you’ll give this DIY a try?

21 comments | Click here to reply

Wow! I really love this tutorial. Thank you!


So pretty. I realize you listed heavy paper. I’m thinking of trying this technique with junk mail.


What a great idea! And what a great tutorial! I love the colours you chose, they go very well together. Definitely going to try this myself.


Aw, thanks Amy. I really appreciate that. 🙂


These are pretty much the best envelopes ever! The colors make me so happy.

Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling

Very cool, May. Let me know how it goes if you decide to give this a try. I think it’d look awesome for wedding invitations.


Great DIY! I’m thinking of doing this for my wedding invitations – would make it very unique and prettty!


So beautiful, i love this diy
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Becky – I used a thick paper / heavy weight BFK (it’s in the materials list), so there was no problem with the paper wrinkling at all. It’s my favorite paper…definitely thicker than a normal envelope paper BUT it’s still very easy to fold and doesn’t seem overly thick for an envelope. 🙂 Hope that helps.


Hi Brittni, these are so pretty! Did you have any problems with the paper wrinkling when painted it? Or did it dry flairly flat?

Pumpkin Becki

Thanks Kate! That can definitely be arranged. 🙂


CUTE! I’d love to receive one of these in the mail!!


Kate Lately

Thanks Michelle! The colors are little brighter than my norm, but I think you can go a little more bold on envelopes since they’re so small.


They are so beautiful, I love the idea and the colours you used! They’re really perfect for any kind of invitation!


Thanks Courtney. They’ll definitely stand out in the normal sea of white in your mailbox. 🙂


Those envelopes are so cute! I love how bright they are.

Courtney Hardy

Oh cool, Sophie. Glad to hear that.


I’ve always wanted to make my own envelopes. I’m so glad that I can finally make my own envelopes with gorgeous DIY.


Thanks Wren.


Very pretty, I love the colors and your quirky calligraphy

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