Have you seen the Instagram worthy lined envelopes with custom invitations floating around the web? They’re super easy to make yourself and you can save a lot of money if you’re looking to go the DIY route! These DIY lined envelopes can dress up wedding invitations, birthday cards, thank you notes, etc.
Special events always come with premiums. Doing a few things yourself can help save a lot of money and you get to add your own touch to your own events. You can print your own invitations or cards and line the envelopes quickly, and affordably. With all of the different envelope colors and endless lining options, you can truly create the look you want! Let’s dive in!
DIY Lined Envelopes Materials & Equipment
- Patterned Cardstock – this is what I found at my local craft store but you can also print your own!
- Tape Runner
How to Make DIY Lined Envelopes
Step 1: Create a Template
Start by creating a template for the liner. Use copy paper or cardstock to make the template. Start by outlining the envelope and then remove material from the top envelope flap to reveal the envelope’s adhesive. I am using envelopes for 5×7″ cards and the envelope’s adhesive strip is about 3/8″. Start conservatively, as you can always cut more off. In addition to cutting down the adhesive areas, trim the sides of the envelope down slightly so you can get the liner inside the envelope. You want a snug fit without bunching.
Step 2: Cut Envelope Liners from Patterned Paper
For my 5×7 envelopes, I was able to fit two liners per 12×12″ patterned piece of paper. If you can’t find a pattern or color of paper that you want for your liners, you can also print your own on a home printer! I’m using a paper pack from Michaels that has a lot of fun, florals on 12×12″ pages. Use the template to draw a pencil outline on the back side of the paper. Then cut the liners out.
Step 3: Attach Liner to Envelope
Next, insert the liner into the envelope. It will should be a snug fit to avoid gapping at the top. Then fold the envelope flap down and create a crease in the liner. Open up just the envelope flap, leaving the liner creased down. With the backside of the liner facing up, use the tape runner to apply adhesive along the edges. Do not put adhesive along the crease. Finally, fold the liner up and adhere it to the inside of the envelope flap. All done!
Once the template is made, you can crank out DIY lined envelopes in mere minutes. At craft stores, you can also find holiday and seasonal themed papers that would be great for so many occasions! Everyone loves getting fun mail and these extra touches will not go unnoticed. 🙂
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