How to Make Envelopes Without Glue

    by Marilyn Walker

    About the Author

    Marilyn Walker is a communications professional living in New York City. She is originally from Oklahoma and holds degrees in journalism from Oklahoma State University (bachelor's) and the University of Maryland (master's). Walker has written professionally since 2004.


    Anyone can buy a card and envelope, but you can make your note special by delivering it in an envelope you folded yourself. You won't even need scissors to cut the paper or glue to keep it together. All you do need is a standard-size sheet of paper to create this easy-to-make envelope.

    Things You'll Need

    • 8.5" x 11" piece of paper

    Fold diagonally-opposite corners A and D diagonally until the tips of the paper are 5 1/2 inches from the short edge of the paper.

    Fold corner C up 1 1/2 inches. Repeat with diagonally-opposite corner B.

    Fold the right angle of corner C up to meet the opposite edge. Slip the corner under the fold created by corner B.

    Place your note inside the envelope.

    Repeat the procedure in step 3, this time folding the right angle of corner B up to meet the opposite edge. Slide the corner under the flap created by corner C.

    Flip the envelope over and address it.

    • Run your finger along each fold as you set the crease.
    • Experiment with different types of paper to make this envelope without glue. Use heavier paper to get a sturdier envelope or a page from a magazine to add some design.
    • While the resulting envelope fits within the sizes that are acceptable for mailing, the United States Postal Service may not accept an unsealed envelope. Use a little tape or a sticker to keep everything together before mailing. Check with your local post office if you have questions.