DIY Envelopes

January 23, 2012 | DIY

This little DIY is by no means new or particularly innovative, but fun nonetheless! During Chinese New Year it is customary for parents to give their kids a monetary gift in bright red and gold envelopes. So I thought I’d try making my own envelopes, inspired by the red and gold ones I’ve been seeing around for weeks, but in my own style. They could be used for just about anything – letters, gifts, confetti.. and can be customised so easily! Happy Chinese New Year :)

All you need is paper (whatever colours you like), glue, scissors, and a paint pen (also in whatever colour you like!). I created an envelope template that you can download right here in Letter and A4 formats, so you can print it straight onto your paper! The finished envelope is 8 x 12cm (approx. 3 x 4.7 inches).

Step 1: Cut the paper using the template (or create your own size/shape and draw it onto the paper).

Step 2: I found it easier to fold and glue the envelope before drawing on it so the pattern was seamless, but you can do it either way. Fold along the dotted lines. Glue the centre-back seam, and then glue the bottom flap over the top. Put it under a book for a few minutes to keep it flat.

Step 3: Get drawing! Use your paint pen to draw whatever you like onto your envelopes (this could be a fun task if you have kids too, and would result in some really personal gift packaging!). And you’re done! Stuff it with whatever you like, seal the top and ta-daaaa!  :)

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33 Comments

  1. These are really cute! I think they would be fun to use for birthday cards and stuff like that, much nicer than the usual white envelope :) Thank you for the template too!

  2. Hello

    I love your enveloppes, it’s cool and very cute…

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  9. alyssa

    what kind of paper do you use ?

    • ffadmin

      Hi Alyssa! For these I just used kraft paper, and a solid plain paper.. both around 150gsm :)

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    This is very, very nice! Thanks for sharing :) I like gold and I’ve been making envelopes lately, when I saw your post, I felt some sort of magical connection. Hihi. Again, thanks!

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  28. Uzma

    Lovely idea

  29. Hi there! This DIY is super useful and spot on for Asian traditions. Would love to try this out soon. :-)

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