DIY Envelope Instructions

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Use these DIY Envelope Instructions to make envelopes to fit any card size.

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Whether you made a card or printed one of our Free Printable Cards, you can used these guidelines to make the envelope.

Related: Links to more free printable greeting cards…Free Printable Birthday Cards, Valentine’s Day Cards, Mother’s Day Pop Up Coloring Card & Father’s Day Cards.

How to make a DIY Envelope:

This is not an exact science but I’ve made several envelopes by using this measurement guideline:

If you card is a rectangle: Make an envelope by cutting a square piece of paper that measures 3″ larger than your cards longest side.

If your card is square: Make an envelope by cutting a square piece of paper that measures 4″ larger.

For example, is if your card is 5″ x 7″, you would use an 10″ x 10″ square piece of paper for your envelope. If you card is 7″ x 7″ then you need a square sheet of paper that measures 11″ x 11″.

Use a 10″ x 10″ sheet of paper to make an envelope for a 5″ x 7″ Card.

The card show below is one of our Free Printable Birthday Cards. The folded card size is 5″ x 5″ so I stared with an 9″ x 9″ square piece of paper. I used craft brown paper but you could use any paper you have on hand – patterned or colored paper.

Start with an 8" x 8" sheet of paper. Position the paper like a diamond and place the folded card in the center. Fold all four corners in using the sides of the card as a guide. Unfold the paper and snip triangle corners where folds overlap. Fold the two side flaps in. Add glue to the bottom flap to complete your envelope.
Card shown above is 5″ x 5″. Paper size for envelope shown is 9″ x 9″

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