Paper Gift Envelopes

by | July 13th, 2016 | 3

When teen and tween birthdays roll around coming up with a unique gift idea can be a real challenge, and it doesn’t get any better when they become adults. Thankfully there’s always gift cards and lottery tickets, but they’re so boring to unwrap and feel so impersonal. Next time you’re stuffing a twenty into a generic card why not give this easy DIY a try instead.

Paper Gift Envelopes can be made in different sizes, they’re easy to put together, and best of all you can personalize them to create a sentimental token anyone would love to receive. Here’s how:

Paper Gift Envelopes


First use the Teresa Collins Embossing Folders and emboss and personalize your paper. There are a number of fun patterns to chose from, pictured are Snapshots and Twill Herringbone.

Easy Gift Envelopes

Next, use the Art Wheel and apply a very light layer of the Colorbox® pigment inks on your embossed paper. Keep in mind they are a slow drying ink.

How to Make Gift Envelopes

Once the paper is dry, cut out a total of four pieces of equal size and shape. You can make circles, squares, or even use a petal point pigment ink package as a stencil (that’s what we did), as long as they are all the same. The colors are also up to you; mix them up however you like.

Paper Gift Envelope Idea

Now that you have all your pieces fold them in half and start glueing them together. It can be tricky but lining up the fold lines to create a perfect square makes it much easier.

Gift Wrapping Idea

Let the glue dry before filling your envelope with a number of goodies! Finally, fold the envelope up and seal it with a sticker, or if necessary, a bit of string.

DIY Gift Envelopes

Need gift ideas? Try stickers, hair ties, lottery tickets, CDs, or maybe beauty sample packs to go with a beauty store gift card. You’ll be surprised at how much you can pack into it and so will the recipient! 

Personalized Gift Envelopes

Tell me how you would personalize a paper gift envelope?


DIY Paper Gift Envelopes

3 Responses to Paper Gift Envelopes

  1. Dana Tatar says:

    Your gift envelopes are stunning Erin! I love the gold highlights!

  2. Rose Powell says:

    Cute, I like this technique of using the art wheel to apply the ink afterward!

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