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How to Make Envelopes (with any paper)

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).  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!
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: diy, envelopes, paper
Cost: $0-5


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


Start by painting a sheet of paper.

  • This first step is optional. 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 of 3-5 colors and just start making marks on paper. And maybe throw in some squirts of ink if all else fails.

Create a template (I have a hack for this).

  • 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!

Trace the template.

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

Cut out the template.

  • 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.

Add glue and fold in.

  • 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.