How to make an envelope in five simple steps


Knowing how to make an envelope is a handy skill to have. It’s easy to take an envelope for granted until you can’t find one that’s the right size!

Envelopes are so versatile, especially if you’re a card maker, because they give you the freedom to create cards in bespoke sizes and a matching envelope. Making origami envelopes allows you to personalize your mail; So whether you’re sending invitations, a letter, a thank you note, or a gift card, you’ll have the freedom to choose color, paper type, and embellishments.

Envelopes can be crafted from everyday tools and materials in your crafting stash and once you’ve mastered crafting, you won’t need to rely on a store-bought envelope.

What type of paper is best for making an envelope?

Good news! You can make an envelope with any type of paper, but vary it to suit what you’re sending. If it’s heavier than a greeting card, use heavier paper. The best paper to practice on is normal printer paper, then once you’ve mastered the technique you can move on to colorful prints such as scrapbook paper.

What do I need to make an envelope?

The type of paper you use will vary depending on what your envelope will be used for. Try plain A4 printer paper, patterned paper or scrapbook paper.

A card, letter or postcard
Decide what you’re sending before creating an envelope, as this will ensure you have the right size for what you need.

Glue stick
Any basic glue stick will work on paper.

Choose colors and patterns to match your paper.

Bone folder (optional)

This is a tool often used in bookbinding and card making that allows you to make crisp creases when folding paper. If you find it difficult to fold, or if you have a lot of folding to do because you plan to do a lot of envelopes, a bone folder is worth investing in.

How to make an envelope in five easy steps: step-by-step guide with pictures

Step 1
Position a sheet of A4 paper in portrait mode. If you are using patterned paper, the pattern should be on the back. Place your card on the center edge at the bottom of the paper.

2nd step
Fold both sides of the paper. This will create the envelope flaps. They will both overlap the map. You can use your hands to make the folds, or your bone file if you have one.

two hands folding paper to make flaps

Step 3
Fold your paper up with the card still inside the flaps. The map will now be hidden, but the top part of your paper will be visible.

two hands folding paper into an envelope

Step 4
Fold the top down, tucking in the two corners. This will create two triangles that meet in the center. Their bottom edges should touch the top of the folded paper.

two hands folding paper to make an envelope

Step 5
Glue the top triangles so they are flat. Open both sides of your envelope, then tape them together so that your envelope is now secure with your card inside.

hands gluing the flaps of an envelope

You can now easily pull your card in and out of your envelope. When you’re ready to send your card or letter, tape the envelope closed and add a sticker to brighten it up.

decorate your envelope with stickers

POINT: This envelope making tutorial uses a regular A6 size postcard and an A4 sheet of paper. This is an ideal size to practice before adjusting paper sizes to your needs.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making an envelope, it’s time to put it to the test. Next time you send a handmade card, make an envelope to match. The recipient will be impressed with the thought and effort you put into your creation seeing how the two complement each other, while you will feel proud to have learned and shared a new paper skill.

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