- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
I love the look of lined envelopes but not the price! So, I decided to make my own for a fraction!! It’s also a project I can work on still being over a year out from the wedding, as they can be time consuming. I’m just happy to only have 20 to do, as we’re going destination.
You can use any paper you like, I chose wrapping paper as it’s generally thinner then some scrapbooking pages and it is much cheaper.
3 Tubes of Wrapping paper – On sale for $1.50 a tube
Envelopes (A4 for STD & No. 10 for Invites) – $2 each for 50
Glue stick – $1
Cardboard (cereal box in my case)
Scissors, Ruler, pencil
Start by looking at your envelopes. Take note on where the adhesive is. You don’t want the liner overlapping this or else it won’t seal well. I found that it was .5″ wide. To create the template on the carboard take your envelope and place it over. Trace with pencil. You can cut this out now, or wait a minute. Take your ruler and on the sides and top ONLY measure in .5″ and make two marks per side and across the tops with your pencil. Once this is done, use the ruler to create straight lines linking the marks together. Now cut along the lines you’ve made. You should be able to set the carboard in the envelope and have a .5″ white border around it. You now have your template for your liner. Congratulations, this is the hardest part!!
Now comes the repetative part. Unroll your wrapping paper, and start tracing the template. Do this until you have enough, or use up the roll. Then pull out the scissors and start cutting. I put the cut pieces under a heavy book to help flatten them out.
Once you’re finished cutting, grab your glue stick. I only glued the top portion, as the tail fits snug in the envelope and will not move. Glue, position and again, I used a heavy book to hold them together as they dried. Once dry score along the seam, or fold over the envelope top and use a rounded object to enforce the crease. You’re done your DIY envelope liners!
-Some wrapping paper has writing on the back. Try to avoid this, as it will show through the envelope unless you double line.
-Don’t cut .5″ into the bottom when creating your template. It will allow for you to set the liner in and get a near perfect alignment every time.