DIY: How to make your own lined envelopes

A few weeks ago, I created holiday cards for a few of my fellow TWIPS that included lined envelopes. Today, I want share with you how easy it is to make your own customized lined envelopes! I made about 130 custom lined envelopes for our wedding invitations in the same way described below (but with my own template), and it was a very manageable project.

Supplies:

  • Decorative paper (I am using scrapbook paper for this tutorial, but you could use all sorts of gorgeous papers, maps, book pages, sheet music…really anything!)
  • Envelopes (I am using A2 envelopes from Paper Source)
  • Scissors or an X-Acto Knife
  • A pencil
  • A glue stick
  • Optional: Envelope liner template (I am using an A2 template from Paper Source). If there isn’t a template available for your envelopes, it is quite easy to make one. Simply trace the shape of the envelope with the flap open on a sheet of cardboard or stiff paper, then use a ruler to measure in about 1/2″ from the outline of the flap area. Cut out and use as a template.

Step 1: With pencil, lightly trace your template onto your liner paper. I recommend tracing on the back of the paper so any marks will not show on your final product.

Step 2: Cut out your liner pieces.

Step 3: Slide one liner piece into an envelope, making sure it is pushed all the way to the bottom.

Step 4: Fold the envelope flap forward with the liner, creasing from one side to the other in one motion. Lift the envelope flap.

Step 5: Apply a thin line of glue around the perimeter of the exposed liner paper. Push the envelope flap back down over the liner and smooth. Place your envelope under a stack of books to keep the flap flat as the glue dries.

Step 6: Open and enjoy!

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All images by Kate Myhre

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