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Ready to get a little wild? Well throw caution to the wind, erode all boundaries, unleash your inner rock star, and let’s decorate some wedding envelopes!

Oh, not what you thought we were going to say? (And is that a bottle of tequila in your hand?). Perhaps it’s true — embellishing envelopes is not everybody’s idea of living life on the edge, but that’s only because they’re going about it all wrong.

Envelopes are the perfect way to add a pop of the unexpected to your wedding. After all, when your guests receive your wedding invites they’ll expect a modest envelope with a sensible background. But instead – POW! – you’ll give them a flash of color and intensity. Now you understand. Good. Let’s get started…

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Materials:

  • Envelopes
  • Thin craft paper (in or matching your wedding colours)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper or cardstock

Directions:

Step 1: Measure the width

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Using your ruler, measure the width of the envelope.

Step 2: Measure the depth

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Starting just below the opening, measure the distance to the edge of the flap. In the example above this is 5 centimeters (or roughly 2 inches).

Step 3: Draw the base

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Using the width and depth measurements that you just acquired, draw the base of the envelope on a piece of paper or cardstock.

Step 4: Draw the flap

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Align the envelope with your drawing of the base, so that the top line is in line with the base of the flap and trace around it.

Step 5: Measure the border

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Measure the width of the lickable part on the envelope flap. Using your ruler, and your envelope as a guide, draw this border onto your envelope pattern

Step 6: Cut out the template

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Follow the inside border line to cut out your pattern. Trim either side of the envelope base so that it can easily slide inside your envelope. Test it out once you have cut it to ensure that it is the correct size.

Step 7: Trace onto pretty paper  

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Using the cutout, draw the pattern onto the reverse side of your pretty paper and cut it out.

Step 8: Place in envelope

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Slide the pretty paper pattern into the envelope and align it so that the flap has an even border. Once you’re happy, fold the flap down to form a crease in the pretty paper. This will act as a guide.

Step 9: Glue flap down

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Paint a thin layer of glue on the flap of the envelope, then fold it over the pretty paper to stick it down. Using the back of the pencil, gently smooth it down and get rid of any air bubbles or creases.

Step 10: Repeat

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Repeat with your other envelopes until they all pop with colour.

You’re not really limited by anything here, so exercise a bit of reckless abandon and get creative with the paper!

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6 replies to this post
  1. I so love this one at least we can customized our own wedding envelope the way we want it. We can also save money from this and so easy to make. I’m gonna keep this for my wedding soon.

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