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DIY paper envelopes: photos, videos, instructions


Today we will deal with how to make an envelope out of paper with our own hands. Envelopes can be simple, gift, differ in shape and size, may not have decorations and be difficult to decorate.

In order to make a paper envelope, you and your child will need a little time, materials for work and imagination.

Depending on the age and skills of the child, choose the version of the envelope that he can do.

Remember that learning from simple to complex leads to better results and reinforce the feeling of success and self-confidence in the child.

Materials and equipment

Depending on the simplicity or complexity of your envelope, you will need material for the base. It can be anything: A4 paper, cardboard, colored paper, pieces of wallpaper, plain wrapping paper, felt, etc.

For decoration, everything that seems appropriate and beautiful is suitable: beads, a button, ribbons, lace, sequins, pieces of twine, straws, artificial flowers and much more.

You can do with a simple application or pattern, then you will need paints, felt-tip pens, pencils, colored paper.

You will also need scissors, a ruler, a pencil and glue.

Before you begin to implement your plan, prepare a place where you and your child will sit.

The workplace should be well lit and comfortable, working materials should be at hand.

Simple envelope

How to make an envelope out of paper? There are several basic ways to quickly and easily create simple envelopes that will be useful in different situations.

For starters, you can make a regular envelope of a classic shape.

What is needed:

How to make a simple envelope:

Place a sheet of paper horizontally on a flat surface. Measure 72 mm from the bottom left corner and mark a point on the paper. Now measure the same distance from the upper right corner and put a mark on the paper. Draw a line from each of these points in the opposite corner of the sheet so that the geometric shape of the parallelogram appears on the paper.

Now, according to the step-by-step instructions, you need to cut off the area from the drawn lines. The sheet must be rotated so that it resembles a rhombus.

Next, we form an envelope: two sides should be bent to the middle. The lower part also needs to be bent to the center, and iron the bend well, so that later it is easy to glue these parts together.

We bend the lower part back so that it does not interfere. On the edges of the side corners you need to distribute glue or double-sided tape. Now we wrap the lower corner of the envelope formed earlier and press it up to the sticky side wings. The product can only be closed, if necessary, sealed.

Stages of creating a simple envelope with equal sides.

Another simple method that differs slightly in the instructions, but suddenly someone will like this option more.

What is needed:

  1. A4 sheet of paper or finished square,
  2. Scissors,
  3. Ruler
  4. Glue or double-sided tape.

How to make a simple envelope:

If there is a finished square in stock, then you don’t need to cut anything, but if there is standard size paper, you need to cut a square.

We turn the square so that it resembles a rhombus. Gently bend it in the middle, making a small bend in the center of the figure from the bottom up. Straighten it.

We turn the lower corner to the center so that it abuts against the previously made fold. In the photo, the place of the lower boundary is indicated by a dotted line.

Now bend the side wings. You can help yourself with a ruler so that fold lines were flat and neat. Then you need to bend the wings and apply glue on the lower edge of each of them, as shown in the figure. We bend them again, this time gluing them to the central part.

Having made the final fold at the top, the envelope can be considered ready.

A step-by-step diagram for creating an envelope with a high central part.

Another popular way is to create a rectangular envelope with your own hands.

What is needed:

How to make a simple envelope:

We fold the standard sheet according to the schematic drawing. When it is folded, one part should be longer than the other by such a distance that a valve can be made from this paper to seal the letter.

On the sides of the long side of the sheet, folds should be made at a distance of 1.5 cm. On most of the sheet, separated by a transverse fold line, both edges outlined by 1.5 cm should be cut off, according to the figure below.

Fold the almost finished envelope along the fold line. the side parts on both sides of the product must be glued.

Trim the corners on the sealing valve and bend it toward the center.

A way to create a rectangular envelope.

Often we give money as a gift, but in order to somehow show personal care and attention, you can do DIY envelope for money. The main component of such a product is a tab for fixing in a closed state, since the contents of the money envelope must be safely stored. Gift items can have a simple design, both outside and inside.

Here are the appropriate templates for creating DIY envelopes:

Method 1 Method 2 Method 3 Method 4 Method 5 Method 6 Method 7

Lovers do beautiful things with their own hands prefer decorate money envelopesribbons or individual pockets inside or outside the product, make layers of different materials (paper, silk, lace, ribbons, decorative ropes), decorate with sequins, rhinestones, freehand drawings.

How to decorate an envelope with your own hands

Beautiful square

Despite the fact that such a figure as a square is popular among ready-made envelopes, there are interesting ways to create beautiful products with your own hands. We will talk about one of these in a step-by-step instruction with photos.

What is needed:

How to make a simple envelope:

Draw in the center of the standard sheet a rhombus with equal angles.

Cut out a figure with four semicircles from a rectangular sheet of beautiful paper, as shown in the photo.

Now you need to wrap the resulting petals of the future envelope with even folds, as shown in the step-by-step photo of the instruction below.

The result should be a square figure with beautiful petals.

A paper product looks aesthetically pleasing and true, but you can add it with reliable ties, in case something important and personal is stored in it. To do this, carefully flush the two opposite petals of the envelope.

Also possible decorate the envelope without using a needle. To do this, thread the product as follows:

Simple plain envelope for writing

  • Take a sheet of A4 paper and lay it horizontally in front of you.
  • Measure from the upper right and lower left sides of 7.2 cm.
  • Draw lines to the corners as shown in the diagram. Cut the resulting triangles.
  • Turn the resulting shape towards yourself so that it looks like a rhombus.
  • Bend the sides evenly in the middle.
  • Bend the upper and lower sides to the middle.
  • Glue the finished envelope, leaving a tab so that the envelope can open freely.

Rectangular envelope for writing

  • Take a sheet of A4 paper. Bend it along the line as shown in diagram (A).
  • Bend the sides (B).
  • Expand the sheet and cut the side parts along bent lines as shown in the figure (B).
  • Fold the remaining sides. Fold the envelope and glue the sides. With the remaining label, close the envelope (G).

Origami envelope

  • Take a square piece of paper. Turn it so that it looks like a rhombus. Bend it to make a triangle.
  • Bend the top side of the triangle to the base of the triangle.
  • Now bend its right corner, as in the diagram.
  • Do the same with the left corner.
  • Bend the remaining corner from the middle of the envelope
  • Open this corner so that the finger enters it.
  • Fold the top of the envelope down and insert it into the pocket that you just formed.

Heart envelope

This is a very easy way. Such an envelope can not be glued, but simply carefully smooth its folds so that it does not open. But when the recipient opens the envelope, he will see a heart. You can not even put anything inside such an envelope, but simply write pleasant words inside the heart.

  • So, you need to cut a heart out of paper. To make it smooth and symmetrical, you need to fold the sheet in half and cut along the contour of one half. When you open the sheet, you get a neat heart. It is important.
  • Expand the heart face to the table.
  • Bend its sides as shown in the photo.
  • Bend the upper and lower remaining sides to the middle.
  • The envelope is ready.

Now you know the basic ways to make envelopes. You can experiment and come up with your own unusual options. Any of the above envelopes, even the simplest one, can be turned into a beautiful and gift one if you make it original.

Gift Envelope

Invite your child to decorate the envelope. For example, paint it with pencils. Show that you can outline the sides of the envelope with felt-tip pens, draw flowers, or simply abstractly paint the entire envelope. Also, he can write beautiful words on the front side that you will first help him find. Many children really like to glue beads. Let your child prove himself. Give him beads, beads of different sizes and glue. He will be happy to create a masterpiece on his own. You can wind the threads around the envelope, evenly gluing them to the glue so that they do not scatter. This option looks organically even without additional decoration. Although, no one here will set the framework for you, so you can safely glue flowers, bows and beads. In the process of preparing envelopes, you can try to do quilling with your child. Perhaps the child will like to twist paper strips, and at the exit you can get great products for decorating envelopes. Wrap the child with various flowers using the quilling technique, and then give him the opportunity to arrange them on the envelope as he likes. Surely you and your little craftsman have already tried to make applications. These skills are sure to come in handy here. Look together at several design options and come up with a picture that will become an application for a gift envelope.

There is no limit to fantasy, the application can be made flat or voluminous, and various materials can also be included in it. For example, fabric. Do not forget about the various lace that can be glued to the envelope. Volumetric light lace can make your envelope festive. And dark, in some cases, will help to achieve a certain severity.

We examined several options for simple envelopes, and saw examples of what you can do with them to make them memorable. You will be surprised at how much beautiful and interesting your children can do. Good luck with your joint work!

Draw a dragon with your child using our instructions, which can be viewed here.

Master Class

  1. Print the template.
  2. Cut it out.
  3. Circle the envelope template with a pencil on the drawing sheet.
  4. Cut it out.
  5. Position the workpiece as shown in image 5.
  6. Bend the upper and lower corners to the center, then glue them.
  7. Glue one more corner to the center.

A plain paper envelope is ready!

Instructions on how to make a simple envelope for writing from A4 paper

A standard set of tools is needed for the process: usually, it is the paper itself, sharp scissors, PVA glue. For accuracy, you may need a ruler, for drawing lines - a simple pencil. And let's not forget, just in case, an eraser. We give up worries, and perform simple manipulations, as a result of which you will have an even and neat envelope.

The most common build option

We place a sheet of A4 format horizontally on the table and measure 72 mm from two opposite corners.

We draw lines to the corners with a ruler and a pencil. It’s better not to press hard on the pencil to make it easier to erase the trace

The resulting triangles are not needed, we cut them off, and deploy the figure more conveniently: a rhombus should lie in front of you. The sides are bent in the center. To the middle you need to bend the upper and lower element.

When gluing the envelope, leave a tab in order to open and close the lid.

Another simple scheme

A4 sheet must be bent along the line, exactly as in the diagram. Then bend the sides and unfold the leaf.

The most important thing: bent lines will tell you where to cut off (Figure B)

Side elements are also bent. The envelope can be folded and glued on the sides. A shortcut will help close the resulting product.

Third easy option

Consistently fold the sheet vertically and horizontally, then, to the center you need to bend 2 corners.

Bend the lower corner forward

If you do not want to spoil the product with folds, you can first draw lines along the ruler, and bend only those that form the skeleton of the envelope.

Advice! It is better to immediately take colored paper or scrapbooking paper.

Square Envelope

First, cut out a square from sheet A4. To do this, arrange the sheet vertically. The right corner is pulled to the left edge of the sheet, folding the paper. It turns out a triangle, from which you need to cut off the remaining not bent part.

Now bend the bottom of the square, located in the form of a rhombus, as in the diagram

Now bend and unbend the sides to the middle, apply glue to the edges and glue both elements to the central part. Close the resulting small envelope with a lid.

First way

An interesting assembly in the origami style is made quite simply from a sheet of rectangular shape. First, we make it as if we are assembling an airplane: we bend both upper corners towards the center until they are in perfect contact.

Now we bend the whole corner down, the bend line should be parallel to the lower edge, the sharp tip should be higher than the point of contact of the upper corners, bent earlier

Without taking the object from the table, turn it 180º and repeat all the steps. After repeating the manipulations, we bend both edges of the product to the center until the bends touch.

If you turn the envelope in a bent state, we will see a rectangle. We bend towards ourselves both sides of the strip along the wide side - if the product is face up, we can see a rectangle with one cut along, along which we fold it, and open the cut.

It turned out an envelope with two sections: if we pull out a corner from one part, it will help us close such a product. This wallet can be presented to children with a cash gift inside.

Template Envelopes

We bring to your attention templates that are very easy and simple to work with. The actions are the same: we print out the template you like, cut it out and apply it on scrapbook paper or leave it as is and make an assembly.

A long item in which whole bills are presented

Some modernization of a simple envelope

The easiest option: you need to bend everything along the lines and glue the space between the side slices

It turns out pretty big envelope

Elegant option suitable for women's gift

Little wallet

An interesting way to make a small envelope-wallet out of a square: first we “extract” a square from A4 format, and only then we work with the resulting figure. You don’t need to take unnecessary actions and immediately use the help of a ruler, pencil and scissors.

When folded, it is a very compact model.

A pivot shows how else you can use the envelope. Banknotes in this model are folded

In the center of sheet A4, draw a square (take into account the size of the folded banknotes), and draw a semicircle on each edge using a compass or a suitable-sized circle. Cut the product and bend the edges in order.

Methods for making original and funny A4 paper envelopes

You can take advantage of creative tips for assembling beautiful envelopes, and by upgrading, make your own unique gift.

We’ll work more actively with our hands: we proceed according to the proposed schemes and get an excellent model.

We start the work by getting a square and some bends according to the scheme

Assembly must be done carefully, otherwise the tip, which should close the structure, will be crooked

Not the easiest option for those who can not draw, but you can go to the trick and just download any heart template on the Internet.

We collect the envelope according to the scheme and glue it

Openwork model

From openwork paper napkins, you get a wonderful liner in an envelope from A4 format of any assembly.

It’s easy to bend such a product, it turns out gently and beautifully

Such a model is made according to the rules of geometry - the corners exactly repeat the corners of the rectangle, as if we had drawn two diagonals and took one quarter of the resulting parts.

The model is obtained in perfect geometric shape. Even better if the corners are a different color

How to decorate a gift envelope: many opportunities to make creative

Decoration needs to devote time and approach this business with a soul. What can i use? Декор подбирают в зависимости от того, кому дарится конвертик, и какое оформление мероприятия предполагается.

Если в доме есть приспособления для скрапбукинга, то, скорее всего, будет сложно обойтись украшением одной модели. You can so disperse and be inspired that you want to make several wonderful products at once.

Thematic models: if the theme of the holiday is children's, then they are decorated with buttons, ribbons, small figures

Lace and simply satin ribbons can become an elegant decoration. You can simply glue the tape with PVA glue, which dries and becomes transparent

Curly hole punchers will be a great help to decorate. In the absence of such tools use scissors or a knife cutter

Male models are also creatively designed: the edges are treated with a sponge slightly dipped in gouache. In the center it would be nice to place a thematic detail, as they say, without frills

Simple and wonderful: except for napkins use any stencil

Felt pens and paints do not hold back imagination

Watercolor is delicate and transparent. It turns out a chic background on which you can draw something with gel pens or felt-tip pens

Colored paper and scissors form a beautiful figure for decoration. The application can be any and located on both sides.

Even one narrow satin ribbon transforms a simple model

Scrapbooking elements turn a simple envelope into a work of art. Bonding elements requires hot glue or glue spray with a nozzle

Melted wax becomes a substitute for historical sealing wax as a seal: on a still hot wax, you can attach a coin or something similar and leave an imprint by sealing the envelope

Best of all, envelopes are obtained not from plain paper, but from scrapbooking material with sufficient density. If an envelope for decoration with paints or felt-tip pens is supposed, you should consider the option of purchasing a tablet for watercolor: watercolor paper is thick and ribbed, the craft from it looks noble and aesthetically pleasing.

We write letters and give them personally in our envelopes!

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