It's super easy and quick to make handmade envelopes - half the steps are basically making a paper airplane. I think this is a fun way to make sending a letter or card even more special. You can use anything: construction paper, book pages or wrapping paper like I did below.
The only supplies you need are:
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Cut any piece of paper to 8.5" x 11" or use an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.
Fold the right corner over to the center crease, like you are folding a paper airplane. Make sure you give it a hard crease.
Hopefully, the photo is self-explanatory. Make sure you fold and crease it down completely. This is the start of the edges of the envelope.
Fold the bottom up to meet the top.
You will need to secure the sides with tape, so nothing will fall out when you send in the mail.
Fold paper in half length wise (did anyone ever call horizontal, hot dog? Just me?! Ha.)
Fold the left corner over to meet the right corner at the crease in the center. Make sure all the creases are hard and flat.
Next, do the same to the bottom half. Try to eyeball it and fold it up to match the top. It's okay if it's a little off.
Finish the fold + the flap will be separate.
Voila! Fill the envelope with goodies to send to a friend!
Open paper up and flatten it out. Turn it so it's vertical (or hamburger. ha!)
Flip the paper horizontally. There's no exact measurement for this next part, so just eyeball it. Fold over part of the top towards the bottom.
Then, turn the paper vertically. Start to fold up from the bottom. You can decide how big the envelope will be now.
Fold the flap over the bottom part you just made.