Monday, July 6, 2009

Gift Envelope Tutorial

A fun and simple way to dress up a small gift or sweet note, the envelopes above were featured in my last post. I made them in both a vertical & horizontal format with the sealing flap on either a short or long end of the envelope. The images below depict the making of the vertical variety.

Cut a strip of decorative paper that will be long enough to envelop your gift, and wide enough to include a strip of adhesive on either side. Make sure to leave enough overlap in the length to allow for adhesive on the flap, in my case a strip of thin double stick tape. Fold the paper as shown above.

Lay strips of double sided tape along the edges of the the fold opposite the flap. I prefer 3m #415. It comes in a variety of thicknesses, I find 1/4" to be very useful. One of great things about this tape is that it comes with a backing. This backing adds an extra thickness to the tape, against which a straight edge can be positioned, as in the image above. Cut a strip away as indicated by the gray dotted line. Do this on both sides.

Your paper should look like this. Fold the taped strips under and then form the envelope by peeling off the backing and folding the sides together.

Rounding the corners of the flap is a nice touch. Either trace around a coin and cut the corner off, or use a corner punch for a nice swift job! Add another strip of adhesive to the edge of the flap.

The final touch is to add a tag to the front of the envelope. Slip a hole puncher through the opening of the envelope and punch through both the tag and the decorative paper. Secure the tag to the envelope with thread or thin ribbon.


  1. another great tutorial....thanks! and, don't you just LOVE that corner rounder?! it's one of my favorite tools! :)

  2. Looks great! Thanks for the step by step directions. Can't wait to try it out!

  3. Thanks Lori & OBI!

    I DO love the corner rounder! I think I've used it so much that it's time to figure out how to sharpen it, or maybe even time to get a new one...

  4. I like your illustrations, they rock. And your blog is starting to look very profesh. Hopefully one day I can be as awesome as you but until then I'm going to soak in the inspiration.

  5. What a great tutorial, Monica! Did you make those illustrations? You are so multi-talented. I'm very impressed!

  6. I did make them :) Thank you, Wendy!

  7. A close friend from high school is getting married in mid-October. She's like me and prefers gifts that are both thoughtful and useful.

    Since we've both been busy in the past two years since graduation, it's been difficult to keep in touch. There are some characteristics about a person that just don't change (like her love of sweet, simple gifts that are mostly homemade!)

    ...I would to order some seed packets so that she and her husband (or her parents) can plant them in the fall and be reminded again in the spring as the flowers bloom of the wonderful day that their love became united as one! And I think that this handmade decorative envelope is the perfect way to finish and package the gift.

    Thank you, Monica, for this great tutorial!

  8. Hi Allie!

    Thanks for your comment, what awesome feedback!

    I'm so glad that you're planning on following my tutorial! I'd love to see a photo when your gift is complete. I think seeds are a fantastic idea. Enjoy the wedding, and best wishes to your friend!


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