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


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).


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


Now fold the envelope into shape:


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


Ta da, one finished 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!



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