If you’re planning for a DIY envelope template, you’ll find that it comes in two distinct parts. You’ll first need to choose the template you want, then print it out on quality paper (not heavy paper like greeting cards), and then lay it flat and iron it into place. This is how it looks like when you get ready to sew it together:
First, choose the diy envelope template. Some of the commercially available ones are available in standard sizes: they come in A4, UK, American, and Canadian sizes. The advantage with buying pre-packaged templates is that you can just cut the numbers in any size you want (A4 being the smallest) and you’re done. However, if you’re more adventurous, you may want to prepare the cards on your own using cardstock and scissors, which are a much more tedious process.
To create your DIY envelope template, first lay out the cardstock so that it is even. Then, lay out your measurements, including the margins around your text. You should do this outside, not inside the envelope. You’ll also want to use a straight pair of scissors or a ruler to make sure that your letters fit together perfectly. Then, take your cardstock and punch out some blank white spaces on the front of the envelope, leaving some clear between them.
Now that you’ve got your template, you can start to fold it in half. Fold the sides inwards until they are just about touching, but not close to touching. Then fold the sides outwards until you have a triangle shape. Now you can fold the template upwards, creating a pocket where you will insert your envelopes.
Next, take your measurement and write it on one of the lines of your diy envelope template. Your printer should be able to let you do this. Now, with your letter open, go over the top of the pocket and make a mark where you want your envelopes to go. Then go over the bottom of the pocket and make another mark there.
Fold your two pieces of cardstock together until they are about 3 inches tall. Place your folded construction within an envelope, then fold it up into a half-moon shape so that you can easily lift it open. Place the upper half of your standard envelope inside your newly created half-moon. With your free hand, hold the upper flap of your origami envelope, and pull it down over the standard envelope. Repeat these steps for the lower flap.
Now all you need to do is stick your homemade envelopes onto your envelope template. Make sure you label each one as well. I recommend doing your own custom labels if you can. For a great DIY envelope making idea, why not create a scrapbook paper cover for each envelope? You could make the front and back covers based off of your wedding colors, and use a cute saying or quote.
Once you have done this, stick the scrap paper onto your doorstep! You’re done! You can then make a few more invitations and envelopes for your upcoming nuptials. These are a great way to save money and make sure that you have plenty of fresh ideas for your wedding. A DIY origami envelope template can help you save money and time, which is vital for planning your wedding.
The key to this whole process is to start simple. For example, if you want to make a dozen wedding announcements or scrapbook cards, try making just three or four of each. Then after your wedding, you can make some more of the white address cards for guests to sign and write addresses on. You will have more envelopes at your disposal when you have more of them. It’s really simple and effective, and it’ll give you many more wedding options and keepsake favors.
If you have extra money, you might want to try creating some custom cards with your own ideas. Use your own colors and font style for your letterhead and envelopes. You can still stick to the traditional wedding colors, but you can experiment with different shades, hues, and even patterns. You can use a variety of different papers including glossy, cardstock, white address card, etc. to create some very unique cards and not be stuck using one white address card for all of your wedding addresses and thank you notes.
As for a budget, this could range anywhere from three dollars up to ten dollars. You will need a computer, printer, and basic home craft supplies to get started. If you are good at scrapbooking and don’t mind using glue, then you can spend less on your glue gun and gluing supplies. But if you’re new to this whole DIY envelope-making thing and aren’t sure how to start, I would recommend using a good template for your first few creations.