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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Make Your Own Envelopes by Little Daily Miracles

Hello dear Julie Ann Art readers! My name is Aleksandra, and I blog over at "Little Daily Miracles". I spent a lot of time thinking about what I could show you, but since a few days I was pretty sure what it will be about. So... I'll show you how to make awesome vintage letter envelopes. Yup, simple as that. Some nice vintage ones. Well, I always loved discovering things by myself, and how they were made, and since I'm writing letters again (yippie yaay!), I found that I need more pretty envelopes! And, I've been in all kind of paper stores, from the very elegant office to the shabby chic ones. Well, yup, here and there were some which could be ACCEPTABLE, but for this occasions I needed something special. Very special. So I decided to give it a chance and try it to make some myself.

So everyone, let's go ahead and jump into everything!
So, the main things that you will need are scissors, some glue (doesn't have to be the stick one, but I perfer it over all others for such simple things), a mechanical pencil and an eraser.
Next thing you will have to think about is what kind of paper you want to use for your little envelope! Here you have the complete freedom of your imagination, you can use WHATEVER you want. Here are some paper goodies I had to choose from.
Then you simply need to choose a regular envelope of size and shape you like. This one you see above I actually planned to use, but then it somehow got dirty, and I couldn't anymore. But without that little accident I wouldn't get this idea!
After you know which envelope you will use, you simply need to disassemble it like shown in the picture above.
... then you take your simple envelope and place it on top of your chosen paper...
... and draw the contours of it.
Afterwards you cut it out. And now comes the fun part! The folding!
Firstly begin with the side parts...

...followed by the bottom part and the upper one.
Now it looks like something!
Now you need to glue the bottom part of the envelope to the sides we folded at the beginning. I think the best way to do this is to apply the glue at the edges of the sides of the bottom part. So you don't glue the back of the envelope unintentionally.
You need to put some pressure on the spots where you've applied your glue. Hold like that for a few seconds, because we don't want our nice letters to fall apart on its way to its receiver!
And now it comes to your creativity... You can decorate your letter with whatever you want... Some stickers likeI did, some masking stickers perhaps or some deco tape. It's all up to you!
And the final result! Simple as that! 
 Here are some other examples of how it can look like. I kept it pretty simple but you can do with it whatever pleases you!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did while making it.. And I hope it helps! Until next time!

Love, Aleksandra.

10 comments:

  1. Such a fun and simple idea, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great idea! They look awesome and so much more fun than a plain white envelope.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  3. Love this! I need to start writing letters more often and I definitely like the idea of customizing my own stationary and envelopes!

    Jenn x http://pinkdiary.org

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  4. Thanks for sharing!! It really does make a difference when you make it in different colors!

    Cheers!
    Kelli
    loveshappyhour

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  5. Aww they look so cute! Thank you for sharing! Now I can send cards in my own cute little envelopes!

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  6. OMG these are sooooooooo cute!! Ah!!

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  7. Love them! These are so cute. Thank you for sharing.

    Pinning and sharing (-;

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