How to Make Homemade Envelopes

    by Alicia Bodine

    About the Author

    Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.


    Envelopes can be made quite simply out of paper. Creating your own envelopes saves you money and allows you to add your personal touch, which makes your letters and notes even more special. If you get good at making your own envelopes you can start selling them to others and make a little extra money on the side.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paper, colored or plain
    • Bone folder
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Double-sided tape

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    Choose your paper. You could use patterned scrapbook paper, plain colored paper or plain white office paper. If you want a larger envelope, use legal-size paper which is available at office supply stores.

    Fold your paper one-third of the way up and make a crease. Run your thumb nail across the crease so that it stays folded. If you are making many envelopes, using a bone folder will give you a firmer crease and be easier on your fingers.

    Unfold your crease, then fold in each of the two sides one-half inch. This will be the edge of your envelope. The fold will give it a smooth edge and keep people from getting paper cuts on it.

    Fold your bottom back up from the original crease you made. Your edges are folded still, and you will now need to glue them so they stay shut. Use the liquid glue -- not glue sticks. Wait for the glue to dry before you proceed to the next step.

    Get out your scissors for the top. With the bottom of your envelope finished, you will need to create the flap that folds over. This flap is usually a triangular shape, so cut each side in a diagonal manner until both sides meet at a point.

    Use double-sided tape to get your envelope to stick. Place one strip down each side of the diagonal lines you just cut in the top flap. Make sure the strip ends just before the edge so that it doesn't stick to any letters inside of the envelope.

    Place your letter inside the envelope and seal it shut. Just press down along the edges to make sure everything is in place. Add your addresses and postage, and place in the mailbox.

    • Scrapbook paper is often sturdier than letter paper and comes in many colorful styles and designs. This will give your envelopes character and make them more fun to receive in the mail. Unless you want a very large envelope, cut the scrapbook paper to letter paper size before you begin the folds.
    • Be careful when folding the paper so that you don't get a paper cut. If you do, be sure to clean it out right away to prevent infection.