How to Make a Super-Easy DIY Envelope

DIY handmade envelope and water color greeting card

Now that you’ve learned how to make your own watercolor cards, you’ll need a matching DIY envelope to round this project up, right? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered, and it’s super easy, too!

As your card might not be the same size as the one I’ve made, I won’t be giving you simply a standard template. No! I’ll be teaching you the ultimate way on how to make your very own DIY envelopes in 4 easy steps.

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How to make a super-easy DIY envelope:

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Learn how to make an envelope all by yourself using gift wrapping paper. Click for easy tutorial.

Supplies to make your DIY envelope:

  • gift wrapping paper
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • pen
  • glue stick
  • sticker
  • your handmade card for measurements

Step 1 – Trace card measurements on paper:

Trace the measurements of your card on a piece of gift wrapping paper. Make sure to place it in the middle, so that you have at least room for half of the cards measurements around it.

frugal tip: make your own envelope from wrapping paper

Step 2 – Measure the flaps for your DIY envelope:

The top and bottom flaps should be half the hight of the envelope + one inch.

measuring the hight of top and bottom flap of diy envelope

Did you see that I started to draw the triangle part of the flaps half an inch away from the envelopes base? This gives your glue room later on. You don’t want your entire envelope to stick together, right?

spacer between flaps of diy envelope

The side flaps can be a bit shorter (I tried because my scrap of gift wrapping paper was simply not wide enough 😉 ). But try to make them half the width of the envelope, just in case.

measuring the width of side flaps to make diy envelope

Once you’re done, you should have a sketch of your DIY envelope like this. It’s ok to write the measurements on it, as this will be the inside of your envelope. No one will see it once you’re done 😉

template for a die envelope for handmade cards and card making

Step 3 – Cut & Fold

Now cut your DIY envelope around the outer edges.

cut along outer edges of diy envelope

Fold the top, bottom and side flaps. Next, you’ll unfold all but the lower flap again.

fold and unfold flaps of diy envelope

Step 4 – Assembly of your DIY envelope

  • Apply glue to the lower edges of both side flaps.
  • Press down firmly on the (previously upward folded) lower flap.
  • Make sure you didn’t get any glue on the inside, so your envelope won’t stick together.

apply glue to outer flaps of diy envelope

Step 5 – Make use of your DIY envelope


how to close a handmade envelope when there is no sticky boarder

Who will receive your next handwritten card?

Tell me in the comments…I am sure the recipient of your lovely card will be happy as can be. I mean, come on!

You invested your time and creativity to surprise a loved one!


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Comments (9)

  1. Wow just amazing I absolutely love this envelope idea! So much that I am going to have a go at making these.

    1. Thank you so much! Did you already give it a try? How did they turn out? I bet you rocked this craft!!!

    1. Haha, Marcy, I love that I could be of help. Now if I new if there was a standard format for envelopes in the US I would even create a template for you to download.

  2. Tomorrow, I am publishing my Easter Cards (with matching envelopes, mind you) giving credit to you for the inspiration! The envelopes look super cute. Thanks again! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Yay, Marci! That is fabulous. Can’t wait to see your post and how your cards + envelopes turned out!

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