I wanted to make some little envelopes out of leftover gift wrap last week, big enough for a love letter, or a gift card, or a pocketful of treasures. I drew a simple template in Powerpoint and then printed it onto a sheet of cardstock, to make a template I could draw around on all my scraps of paper and gift wrap. It worked a treat…
The template is free to download as a PDF at the bottom of the post, and it looks like this:
…you could also trace it onto a sheet of vellum or thin plastic and use that as your master template, so that you can see the paper underneath when you are cutting it out; this is very useful if you’re looking to position a particular pattern or image and want to know where it will fall on the final constructed envelope. When you’ve cut out your envelope shape, just fold along the dotted lines and glue where they overlap, before folding and glueing the bottom flap. As simple as that. Any glue will do; I use this one, because it dries strong and fast but writes like a pen, making it ideal for careful work like this where you don’t want blobs of adhesive squidging out when you press your flaps together.
If you want to get even more clever and sophisticated, and you have Powerpoint installed on your computer, open the .ppt file at the bottom and you can play with making photo envelopes like these, which I created using some of my old photos (you might recognise them!)
Once you’ve opened the file, select the shape and use the drop-down menu to click on ‘Format / Shape / Fill / Picture or Texture / Choose Picture’, then select a picture from your files. Try using different ones and seeing the effect they create; some will work better than others. You can also play with the transparency to soften the pictures, as I did here..
And the screen-shot below shows an unmade-up envelope with a photo of the map on which I stitched our California road trip last Autumn; it now holds all the business cards from restaurants and favourite bars and venues we discovered along the route.
I used one of my botanical photos from last Spring to make a seed packet for the peas I’ll sow later this year…
So, a very simple design (have a go at drawing one yourself, if you have a few basic Powerpoint skills), and then a range of possibilities for making fun, personalised envelopes. You can print these to any size of course, depending on your printer; mine are palm-sized, but there’s nothing to stop you making something on a far grander scale.
As ever, shout if you have any questions or get stuck, and I hope you have enjoy playing with these….let me know how you get on!
PDF file of the simple template, to print and use:
And here’s the file to use if you want to have a go at creating photo envelopes: