How to Make an Envelope: A Complete Guide


Greetings, dear readers! Are you tired of buying envelopes every time you need to send a letter or card? Why not create your own personalized envelope? Not only will it save you money, but it also adds a personal touch to your correspondence. In this article, we will guide you through the steps on how to make an envelope from scratch. So, gather your supplies and let’s get crafting!

Gather Your Supplies

Before we begin, let’s make sure you have all the necessary supplies:

Materials Tools
Scissors Ruler
Paper or Cardstock Pencil
Glue or Tape Bone Folder or Spoon

Now that you have all your supplies, let’s get started!

How to Make an Envelope

Step 1: Choose Your Paper

The first step in making an envelope is choosing the paper you want to use. You can use any paper or cardstock, but make sure it’s not too thick or too thin. Standard printer paper or construction paper should work fine. You can also choose a patterned or colored paper to add some personality to your envelope.

Step 2: Measure Your Paper

Measure your paper according to the size of your card or letter. To do this, place your card or letter in the center of the paper, and fold the sides up to meet the edges of the card or letter. Then, fold the bottom up to cover the card or letter, leaving about an inch or two at the top. Finally, cut off any excess paper.

Step 3: Fold the Bottom Flap

Using your ruler or bone folder, fold the bottom flap up about an inch. You can choose to fold it straight or at an angle, depending on your preference.

Step 4: Fold the Sides Inward

Next, fold the two sides of the paper inwards, creating two flaps that overlap in the center. Make sure the flaps are not too tight, as you need to insert your letter or card inside.

Step 5: Glue or Tape the Flaps

To secure the flaps in place, use glue or tape on the overlapping edges. Make sure the glue or tape is evenly spread to avoid any gaps or wrinkles.

Step 6: Write Your Address

Once you have completed the envelope, you can add your personal touch by writing your address on the front. You can use calligraphy or print, depending on your preference.

Step 7: Insert Your Letter or Card

Finally, insert your letter or card inside your newly crafted envelope. Make sure the letter or card fits snugly inside and doesn’t slide around too much.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: What size paper do I need to make an envelope?

A: You can use any size paper, but make sure it’s large enough to fit your letter or card.

Q2: Can I use a different type of glue?

A: Yes, you can use any type of glue or tape, as long as it’s strong enough to hold the flaps together.

Q3: Can I decorate my envelope?

A: Absolutely! You can use stickers, washi tape, or draw on your envelope to add some personality.

Q4: Can I make an envelope without a ruler?

A: It’s best to use a ruler to measure the paper and create straight lines, but you can use any straight edge you have on hand.

Q5: Can I make an envelope out of fabric?

A: Yes, you can use fabric to create an envelope, but you will need to use a sewing machine or fabric glue to secure the edges.

Q6: How can I make my envelope more waterproof?

A: You can use a waterproof sealant or spray on the inside and outside of the envelope to make it more water-resistant.

Q7: Can I make an envelope without folding the sides inward?

A: Yes, you can create an envelope by simply folding the bottom flap up and securing the sides with glue or tape.


Congratulations, you have now learned how to make an envelope from scratch! Not only is it an easy and affordable option, but you can also have fun decorating and personalizing your envelopes. We hope you enjoyed this guide and are inspired to create your own envelopes for your next correspondence.

Don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media using the hashtag #DIYenvelope. Happy crafting!

Closing Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational purposes only. We are not responsible for any damages or injuries that may occur from following these instructions. Please use caution and follow all safety guidelines when crafting.

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