Wondering how to make an envelope? It's really very easy.
Homemade envelopes are a great way to compliment homemade cards. They also come in handy when you need a special size envelope for any uniquely sized card.
I'd like to start by providing this handy card making template for a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2" card. This is a common sized card and easy to make with just a standard 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of paper.
I recommend using paper rather than card stock because you don't have to score the folds, plus paper won't add as much weight to your card (this can be an issue when mailing).
Note: This card making template is a .pdf file. If you need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader for Free click on the button below.
Here's how to make an envelope using this printable card making template:
Perhaps you need to make an envelope for a special sized card? Below you'll find instructions for how to make an envelope, including a simple formula that I use often.
Step 1 Take note of the size of your closed card. Then add 1/8 inch to the height and 1/4 inch to the width. For example, if you have a 5 x 7 inch card, you would write down 5 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches.
Note: This will result in 1/8 inch on top and sides (as seen in red below).
Step 2 Make 4 flaps that will close together to cover the entire back.
Step 3 Fold and attach flaps as follows.
Now you've got a custom envelope, made in the exact size, color and/or pattern you choose.
I like these homemade bubble envelopes too. When you make your own padded bubble mailers, you can create them to match your homemade greeting cards!
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