When’s the last time you sent someone snail mail just ’cause? My friend Jenny is one of the best at it, checking in with a funny greeting card every few months, and on my birthday just a couple weeks ago, the cards I got in the mail cheered me up way more than the messages written on my Facebook wall (though I’m grateful for those as well!) Just goes to show that nothing really says “thinking about you” quite like a personally penned note.

So with that in mind, we set out to create a fun DIY that makes it even more fun to craft a card that’s truly personalized. We turned to our favorite online paper shop, Paper Mart, to source some colorful wrapping paper, then came up with five different ways to fold it into geometric envelopes. So whether your next note is headed to a coworker the next desk over or to a family member in another state, you can bet they’ll be tickled you thought out of the box! Keep reading to learn how to make these little guys…

Fold-Your-Own Geometric Envelopes

supplies


a printable stencil for each envelope shape:

freeform rectangle

triangle

hexagon

diamond

square

colorful wrapping paper (we used Paper Mart's two-sided color matte in aqua/seafoam, and their flat sheet gift wrap in yellow stripe)

pencil

scissors

tape

instructions


  1. Cut out along the solid line of the stencil for your desired envelope shape, then trace the stencil onto your wrapping paper.
  2. Cut the shape out of the wrapping paper.
  3. On the stencil, cut along the dashed line. Discard the scraps. Then trace the remaining interior stencil onto the center of your wrapping paper shape. (Keep this stencil to later use for your card stock paper inserts)
  4. On your wrapping paper shape, carefully fold along the traced lines to create your envelope flaps. Once your card stock insert is filled out and place in the center of the wrapping paper envelope, fold these flaps back over and tape them in place to seal.
11 comments
  1. 1
    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | August 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Love this! It reminds me of when I used to pass notes in school and fold them up so neatly. This is such a fun tutorial!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

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    Gail | August 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks, loving this. I love to write letters so this is great. A lot of them will be going to our military guys..

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    Michele | August 6, 2016 at 8:31 am

    So sweet! I have 15 nieces and nephews and am always looking for fun, original ways to connect with them. These are perfect. Thank you.

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    Kali | August 7, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Really cool idea, I love making envelopes myself, mostly out of old maps and book pages:-)

    http://www.idimin.berlin/

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    Edenpassante | August 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    This is so fun! Love sending real mail!!

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    Catie | August 9, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    You should definitely add a note that the square envelope costs extra postage (more than what is shown in the photos) and the other shapes may need it as well. It depends on whether your local post office thinks they are non-machinable or not, but it sure sucks to have your mail returned!

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    npharney | September 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Love love love this – I write a lot of snail mail, but I normally use the same old envelopes/paper I think I might just jazz up my next bit of post with one of these

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

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