Arts and crafts time

I found these cute envelopes on Etsy through a link on Budget Ecoist. They’re cute but it got me to thinking that envelopes made should be especially easy to make from magazine pages or covers.

So, since I had the morning off, I decided to do a little arts and crafts (when I should be going to the grocery store or cleaning the house).

First I deconstructed a standard envelope. Easy enough. If you’re concerned about wasting an envelope you can always tape or glue it back together. I used the envelope as a template for my magazine page, torn out of Martha Stewart Living for testing purposes only.


I then folded the flaps and taped them to one another. The result:

A veggielicious envelope.

Since it would be hard to read any addresses on that, I just taped some leftover white bits of the magazine page where I wanted to label:
I’m not sure I’d take my chances putting this in the mail, but it doesn’t seem any flimsier than the envelope I used as my template. You could always use the magzine cover to make things sturdier. I may send this as a test drive to the Modern Mom to see if the Postal Service complains.

Here’s another template from this site if you don’t have an envelope.

The whole thing took me about 30 seconds. Enjoy!

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9 Responses to Arts and crafts time

  1. The Dutchess of Kickball says:

    Back in the day when I was a tween I was very much into pen pals and I used to make envelopes just like this all time. They totally make it through the mail no problem. Go ahead and send!

  2. Jenn says:

    This is a really cute idea! I can’t wait to rip pages out of Wired and start mailing them!

  3. Jamie says:

    I don’t have a crafty bone in my body but I could DEFINITELY do this!

  4. Vanessa says:

    Please mail me something! I love that envelope.

  5. Bayjb says:

    I think you should mail me something too. My birthday is this weekend :)

    I love the pattern and it’s so easy to put together. Perfect!

  6. Allie says:

    That’s awesome! I love it!!!

  7. andrea says:

    My crafting skills are limited, but I think even I could handle this.

  8. Stefanie says:

    I was going to say exactly what the Dutchess said! Unless the USPS has gotten particularly pickier in the last several years, they should make it through the mail just fine! Fun!

  9. Amy says:

    Great idea! And I’m sure the post office would send it through to your destination. I used to make post cards for my younger brothers when I was in college, using cereal box cardboard, and “Return of the Jedi” pictures, and not one was ever lost in transit!

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