Wednesday, 12 October 2016

How To Make An Envelope

Homemade envelopes add a personal touch to any greeting or thank you card, and they are also a fun and easy craft to try with kids. Reuse discarded paper or buy decorated paper from your local craft store to make a personalized envelope.

Method 1. Making A Pouch Envelope

Fold a standard-sized (8.5 x 11 inches) piece of paper into four halves. An easy way to do this is folding the paper into half, then folding it into half again. This will outline the four squares you will use to make an envelope. After you fold the paper, unfold it, and you will see the outline of the four squares.

Cut the paper into two halves. You can cut down the horizontal or vertical fold, as long as the paper is in two pieces.

Fold the two halves of paper into two rectangles. The two halves of the paper will each have one crease down the middle. Fold the paper along this crease again to make each halve into a rectangle.

Tape together the open left and right sides. Use tape to securely close the two open edges of the rectangle, leaving the top open. The top is where you will insert your letter.

Fold down the top to make a flap. Make a small flap by folding down the open edge of the rectangle. This will keep the letter from falling out of the envelope. A flap that is about 1/2 of an inch will work.

Insert the letter or card. Bend back the flap, and insert your letter, card, or other contents. Fold the flap down again after this is done.

Glue the flap to keep your message enclosed. Place a thin line of glue along the inner edge of the flap, then press the flap down. This will keep the envelope closed until the recipient opens it. You can also secure the flap with decorative tape or a sticker.

Method 2. Making A Taped Envelope

Lay a standard-sized (8.5 x 11 inches) piece of paper down. Keep the paper oriented lengthwise (landscape-style) throughout the instructions.

Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Match up the edges of the paper to ensure the fold is straight, and press down on the folded edge with your fingers to make a crease. Then, you can unfold the piece of paper, and it will have a crease in the middle.

Fold the top right corner along the center crease. When the edge of the top right corner is touching the center crease in a straight line, fold the corner down. This will make a triangle shape with the top right corner.

Fold the top left corner along the center crease. Fold the top left corner down as you did the right corner. Remember to smooth out the paper with your fingers to make a straight fold. You will now have two small triangles sitting on top of a rectangle.

Fold one inch of the top and bottom edges toward the center crease. The measurement here does not have to be exact, so you can eyeball the fold. Both the top and bottom edges should be folded towards the center, leaving enough room in the center for a letter or card to fit, about one inch.
At this point, the paper should still be laying lengthwise
The triangular point of the paper should still be facing left.
Fold the right edge of the paper along the bottom of the triangle. The edge of the folded triangle on the left-hand side of the paper should be parallel with the edge of the right hand side. The triangle itself will still be visible. Smooth out the fold with your fingers, then unfold it.

Fold your message so it fits into the envelope. Large cards may be too big for this method, but regular letter-sized paper will fit if folded in half or in thirds.

Insert your message. Your note can go between the horizontal creases of the envelope. Use the bottom flaps of the triangle and the two length-wise flaps at the side to keep the message in the envelope.

Close the envelope. Fold the right hand edge of the paper back up to the edge of the triangle, just like did a moment ago. Fold the triangle top towards the center of the rectangle. Now, you will notice the back of your envelope looks like those bought in stores.

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