How to Fold an Envelope


In this article you will learn how to easily fold a decorative envelope to add your unique style to invitations, gift giving, letter writing etc.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 piece heavy weight paper or card stock to make a template
  • Decorative Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Glue Stick or glue dots
  • Print this template onto card stock or heavy weight paper. Cut out on just above the cutting line. This template will help you create an envelope to fit a 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" card. If you need a larger or smaller size, print the template then use a copier to reduce or enlarge to fit your needs.

  • Gather your supplies. Your paper must be at least 10" x 13". You can really use any kind of paper you'd like, just keep in mind how you plan to use it. The Sunday funny pages make a cute envelope but may not hold up well going through the mail. For this example I used a bit of left over wrapping paper.

  • Fold your paper in half and line up the long edge of your template on the fold. Trace around your template.

  • With your paper still folded in half, cut along the lines you've drawn. Don't forget the notches.

  • Using the notches as a guide, fold the long, blunt edge flaps toward the center of the inside of your envelope. They will overlap a tiny bit. Glue one to the other with a glue dot or dab of a glue stick.

  • Fold one of the pointed flaps up toward the center of the inside of the envelope and press. This will be the bottom of your envelope. If you have a specific design on the front now would be a good time to make sure it's facing the right way.

    Gently dab your glue stick or some dots along the edges of the pointed flap and press to the folded blunt edge flaps. Be sure not to get any glue inside the envelope.

  • Fold the remaining flap toward the center using the notches as a guide. Press flat. Insert your card or note and either glue closed or tuck the flap inside the envelope.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fun papers to use: Wrapping paper, magazines, old calendars, newspapers, larger scrap booking paper, yellow pages
  • A rotary cutter and ruler make quick work of this project especially if you are making a bunch.

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