How to Make a Letter Envelope

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Make your own envelopes for letters instead of wasting the time and money to go to the store and buy them. Letter envelopes are simple to make and take only minutes to create. While plain old white paper is perfectly acceptable to use, consider recycling paper trash such as magazines and sale flyers to make your envelopes free, or get creative and use decorative, patterned paper instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches), any style
  • Round pen
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Double-sided tape runner or glue stick
  • Lay a sheet of letter-sized paper on a hard surface with the length of the paper facing vertically.

  • Fold the bottom of the paper up two-thirds of the way to the top of the paper and crease the fold with the rounded edge of a pen.

  • Fold the top one-third of the paper down where the two sides of the paper meet. Again, use the rounded edge of a pen to crease the fold.

  • Unfold the top and bottom of the paper. Fold the left side in one half inch towards the center. Repeat with the right side of the paper. Unfold the two sides.

  • Look at the folds on the paper. There should be three sections down the paper and three sections across. Use scissors to cut out the upper left and right sections, and then cut out the lower left section and the lower right section of the paper.

  • Fold the sides of the paper back in towards the center. Place a thin line of double-sided tape or glue along the edge of the sides. Fold the bottom of the paper back up and gently smooth the edges to ensure adhesion to the sides.

  • Insert your letter into the envelope. Place a thin line of tape or glue along the top edge of the envelope and refold along the crease to seal.

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