Objects old, vintage, hand made or upcyled, and old techniques with a modern twist

handmade-envelopes

I seem to have amassed a small(ish!) collection of decorative papers, so I decided that it was time to put some of them to good use, hence this (very easy) project. A few of these evelopes put aside can be used as an attractive, quick way of wrapping small gifts.

First choose some paper: as the ‘back’ of the paper will form the visible inside of the envelope, make sure that both sides of the paper are suitably attractive (or plain).

decorated-papers

Next, open up an old shop-bought envelope and use it as a template; cut out your envelope from the patterned paper.

envelope-template

Now fold the envelope into shape:

envelope-folding

Use a small amount of glue to attach the side flaps to the bottom flap:

handmade-envelope

Ta da, one finished envelope!

patterned-envelope

This was such a quick and easy craft project that I got a little carried away, and made a few more envelopes to go along with the first one…

Next I plan to make a few by upcycling vintage paper ephemera, such as sheets of music and pages from (damaged) illustrated childrens books. I will make a few in different sizes too, so that I have some ready for any present-wrapping emergencies!

envelope-DIY

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