How-to: Recycled Paper Envelopes

Make your own envelopes
Often when I need cards, I find myself making them from paper and scraps of supplies I have around my office instead of purchasing them. But for some reason I usually purchase envelopes for these cards. I have plenty of paper that usually gets put in the recycle bin, and I wondered why I was buying more paper in the form of an envelope? So I worked up a template to make easy envelopes from a standard size piece of paper, therefore envelopes can me made from most magazines that would usually be placed in the recycling bin.

Here’s how:


  • 2-3 pieces of magazine or newspaper approx. 8.5” x 11”
  • Scissors and/or exacto knife
  • Paper glue
  • Printer (to print templates)
  • Pencil
  • Bonefolder or butter knife
  • Ruler

1. Download the Envelopetemplate and print it out full size (a scale has been placed on each jpg to help with printing at the correct proportions).

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Written by Kilduff Kolleen

I’m a lifelong crafter with many different interests. My latest obsession is making accessories for women's hair and making flowers from a variety of recycled and repurposed materials. If it is shiny, feathery or sparkly I love it! I also carry around a pocket camera to take pictures of items, scenery, signs, or anything else that I find inspiring.

I enjoy creating new things and sharing how to make my creations with others on my blog (


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