Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

These Designer Envelopes are an Easy DIY!  I seriously cannot believe how quick and easy it is to make envelopes with this little gizmo!  Have you seen this little envelope punch board in the craft stores?  Well, I had not and when I saw it, I had to buy it!   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Don’t you just love tiny envelopes?  They can hold so many things, little notes for the kid’s lunch boxes, coins, a lock of hair for a memory book, a homemade Valentine, or some seeds for someone special.  

My idea is to make tiny envelopes for our ‘Christmas Game’.   ◄(Scroll down on this page to see some of the cards I’ve made in past years.)  Each year, I buy a bunch of items and make cheesy little gift cards to go with the gifts.  This year, I think the cards will be attached to the top of the gift and the family can read the cards out loud before opening the gifts.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Have you ever messed up the envelope for a birthday card, anniversary card, or whatever and had no backup replacement?  This is the solution!  The chart on the front gives the measurements for an envelope for up to a 6″ x 8-1/2″ card!  The smallest is for a 2″ x 3-1/2″ card!

Not only does the punch board make one size of envelope, it makes lots of sizes!  Emily and I had so much fun making her ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gifts and Boxes‘ using a similar punch board for the boxes.  They turned out so cute!Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift on

The envelope punch creates fold tabs on one side and on the other side of the punch, it rounds the corners.  On the front of the punch board is a chart where you can match the card size you have, the size of paper you need, and the 1st scoring line measurement , where you need to align your paper.  Having it right there on the face of the board is brilliant!  No need to search for paper instructions!  Not that I have ever had to do that!

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After choosing what size envelope you need, you simply cut paper the size indicated on the chart.  You will want to do this neatly and an X-Acto Mat, an X-Acto knife, and a metal straight edge will help keep everything straight and precise.   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Next, you need to line the paper up with the corresponding score line and press the punch down.






The next step is scoring the line using the scoring tool.  

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Rotate the paper 90° clockwise.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Line up the score guide with the line you just scored.  Press down on the punch to make the fold tab and using the scoring tool, score along the score line. 

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  Continue turning the paper 90° clockwise and repeating these steps until all four sides have been punched and scored.  Your paper should look like this.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Place one of the corners in the “Reverse Punch” located on the top side of the punch board.  Press punch to create a rounded corner.  Repeat for remaining three corners.

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Fold on the scored lines and using the scoring tool, slide the blade along the folded edge to make nice sharp folds.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Dab a small amount of Tacky Glue along the underside of the bottom flap edges and fold over the two side flaps.  Tacky Glue is thicker than regular school glue and holds more quickly.  You only need a thin line along the edge, allowing a little room for spreading when folded and pressed together. Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on Isn’t this great?  It looks perfect and this is the first envelope I made with this little jewel!

No more boring envelopes!  Now we can make Designer Envelopes for every occasion and every season!  Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY!Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

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Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make

Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make

‘Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make”  If you sew at all, these little velvet pumpkins will be easy to make and they look so pretty!  There are at least two ways to stuff them using poly fiber fill or, my favorite, using the little plastic pellets and the patterns below.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sale from these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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pumpkin pattern download  ►pumpkin stem pattern download

Sewing The Pumpkin

Cut 6 pumpkin pieces of one size from velvet or velour fabric.  Place two of the cut pieces, right sides together, matching the edges on one side and pinning.  Sew a 1/4″ seam leaving 3/4″ open at the top.  Trim threads.

Place another pumpkin piece, right sides together, matching an edge to one of the pieces you have just sewn together.   Pin together and sew, leaving 3/4″ open at the top.  back-stitch one or two stitches.  (This helps hold the seam together when the piece is being filled or stuffed.)

Continue sewing the remaining sections together in the same way, until all 6 sections have been sewn together.  Then, match the 2 loose edges together, pin, and sew a 1/4″ seam, being sure the bottom end is completely closed.  (You don’t want the pellets slipping out of the pumpkin!)

When all the pieces have been sewn together, you should have a shape that looks like this.

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Filling With Plastic Pellets

Turn the velvet pumpkin right side out and fill with poly fiber fill or plastic pellets.  I tried a few different ways to fill the pumpkin with these pellets, straight from the bag, using a funnel, but found the easiest and less messy way was to fill a small glass and pour into the pumpkin shape.





When your pumpkin has been filled to the top,  hand stitch the 3/4″ opening at the top of the seam and knot the thread.  Repeat for each section.  Before finishing the last section, be sure you have extra thread to sew a gathering stitch around the top, which will be used to pull the pumpkin closed.  (The easier way to do that follows.)

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Then, tie the knot, run a gathering stitch through each section, about 1/4″ from the top.  Pull that section up tight and hold with your thumb and forefinger.  Run the needle through the fabric where your gathering stitch is and pull tight.  Take a couple of stitches to securely hold this section.  Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on

Repeat this process until the top is completely closed.  (I figured this one out after wrestling with it for awhile!  It is much easier this way!)Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on

At this point, you can glue a dried stem, or attach any stem you can dream up, but I decided to make a stem from felt for this little pellet filled pumpkin. 




The Stem

 I knew what I wanted the end product to look like and after a while, I came up with this hand stitched felt stem.  Embroidery floss was used to stitch the three sections together.  The seams are supposed to mimic the lines and indentations in real pumpkin stems.  Using the pattern at the top of this post, you can make your own, too.   Making the pumpkin with the plastic pellets and the felt stem, it is virtually childproof!Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on

The downloadable pattern explains how to sew the felt stem together.  It is then, just stitched to the top of the velvet pumpkins.  

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Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint

Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint

Part 3 – Papier-mâché Pumpkins  and How To Paint

It took longer than I thought to get to the actual point of painting these pumpkins.  That could be because this is my first experience with this process.   Since the papier-mâché kept shrinking when it dried, I kept feeling like more was needed to actually see the features.  The beauty of this medium is that wet clay can be applied right on top of the dry clay.  You can see how I continued to build up the details in the picture below.

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The first thing you need to do is paint the entire pumpkin, inside and out, with a flat black outdoor paint.  You can see I bought a can of Valspar Black 60074 – Flat paint.  Use a can of paint and a paintbrush for this, not a spray can.  The latex paint cleans up easily with soap and water and it also dries quickly.  This will help seal the paper base and create a nice background for the color washes.  

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Although, there is a plastic bin full of acrylic paint, there was no orange.  I had to buy two bottles of orange paint.   One is a pumpkin orange and the other is a darker orange.  Another bottle of yellow paint was used to lighten the pumpkin color a bit.  Varying shades of green, tan, and burnt umber were used on the stem.

The Painting Process


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Scott and Jay each had different techniques for painting their pumpkins.  My technique is a combination of these two.  I like the black showing through the oranges of the pumpkin like Scott does and I like the layering of the color washes that Jay used on his.  The dark recedes and the light comes forward.  Use this to call attention to and highlight certain features.


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Next, white latex primer was lightly dry brushed over the black painted surface.  This accents some of the texture and the raised areas.Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint on



Then, layers of washes of orange paint were applied.  Everyone has their own technique, I guess.  After messing around with it for a while, I tried applying the darker orange wash onto the pumpkin ridges.  Then, with a 2″ dry brush, I feathered that out and down into the valleys.

That was allowed to dry and a coat of the dark orange paint mixed with a little bit of the lighter orange paint was applied in the same way.  The lighter coat  was applied leaving an edge of the darker coat beneath it to show.  Then, the 2″ dry brush was again used to soften and feather out the paint.

Again, the paint wash was allowed to dry.  More of the lighter paint was added to the darker paint and another wash was painted on using the same process.  This was repeated again, and ultimately, the lighter paint was painted on in a wash the same way.

Yellow paint was then added to the light orange in a progression of washes, just like before.


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Personally, I like some of the black showing through.   the texture of the papier-mâché is interesting.   The little fella seems a lot more ominous with all that black.

My intention was to paint the inside a yellow-orange and use a battery-powered candle inside but I like the black showing!   As I looked at him across the room, he looked so perfectly creepy just like that.  His eyes, nose, and mouth are very distinct, and yet, the details of his face are very apparent.


Orange paint continued to be layered on top of layers of orange paint, from dark to light.   Then, it dawned on me that if I planned to leave the inside black,  the black would really make ‘a lighter orange color around the facial features’ pop against the darkness.  At that point, more paint was layered around the eyes, the nose, and especially, the mouth.   This area was painted with more pigment and less water.  You can see the difference in the picture above and the picture below.

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The stem was painted a light tan color, brown, and black in striations along the ridges that were made with the clay.  Then, 3 shades of green and some black were mixed and added.   A few  thin strokes of orange were added along the ridges and then feathered out with the 2″ dry brush, leaving just a hint of the orange color.


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In case you missed it, directions for making the Papier-mâché

 pumpkin ◄ can be found here.  Click here ► for  Part 2 .

The question of whether to paint the inside lighter or leave the black was posed to ‘MyHumbleHomeandGarden’s Facebook page’ followers◄ You can weigh in with your opinion, too,  leave a comment below, or just see what everyone said!

These are whimsical, and maybe a little creepy, so there is no right or wrong way to do these!  Let yourself go and enjoy the process!  I love the end result and there are more of these crazy pumpkins in my future.  (I also have some ideas of how to use this clay for Christmas ideas!)

 Has this inspired you to create your own Papier-mâché Pumpkins?


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Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift

This is such an easy and charming do it yourself, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” gift!   Emily wants her wedding to have an ethereal quality and these little gifts actually have that feel, don’t they? 

When Emily came over to make these gifts, we had a vague idea of how we would create them.  She brought the keys, some tags, and ribbon she found at Hobby Lobby.   She laid out her vision and we began to make it happen.Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift on

First, I introduced her to

Not only can you edit pictures on PicMonkey, but you can also design cards, posters, labels, etc.  We used one of the Papyrus textures as a background.  (A lot of the features are free but some require an inexpensive membership.  The papyrus texture is one of those.)

Then, Emily chose an overlay from the arboriculture selection.  She decided she wanted one right side up and one upside down.Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift on

Next, she chose the text for the names and the “Will you be my bridesmaid?  She chose another typeface for, “The key to my perfect day, would be to have you by my side.”


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It’s easy to move things around and try numerous typefaces until the perfect one is found.  When she was happy with her choice, we saved the card to the computer, changed the name on the card, and saved it to the same file.  The ‘bridesmaid’ on the last two cards was changed to “Maid of Honor” and then, “Man of Honor” and the appropriate names were inserted on each of those.

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We had thought about gluing the printed cards onto the tags Emily had bought.  After considering, though, we decided to use one of the tags as a template.  The tag was centered on each of the printed cards, the shape was traced with a pencil, and then carefully cut with scissors.  

Then, using the small hole as a template, we marked where the hole would be punched.  We liked it better on the edge versus the top.

The ribbon was threaded through the key and then through the hole.  When you are tying in a case like this, don’t tie a knot!  Instead, thread through the hole, pull up a loop to tie.  Wrap around your thumb, just as you would normally tie, and then pull the loop through.

Tying the knot first makes the bow ‘wonky‘.  It lays nice and flat if you just avoid that first knot.

I asked if she was planning to put these in a box.  She considered that and we talked about small gift boxes.  It just so happened that I had bought a ‘Gift Box Punch Board’ awhile back.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any purchase at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

There was also some decorative paper in my stash, which worked out perfectly.  The sheets were 12″ x 12″ and that size makes a perfect 4″ x 4″ square box.  The instructions are on the punch board and pretty easy.  

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One piece of paper creates the box.  It folds completely shut and there is no need for a lid.  

A slit on each of the four corners creates the closures.






Emily had the idea of placing the key and the tag on a bed of moss.  It just so happened that there was a little of the reindeer moss leftover from the Easter egg mantel project this spring.  Regular moss looks nice but it is a little more rough.  The reindeer moss is soft and has a nice smell, too.  It made the perfect soft little bed for the key and tag.   Emily had to make a trip to the dollar store to pick up some more but isn’t it perfect?

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The final step was adding a ribbon.  These are tied with one continuous piece of ribbon.  You can find step by step instructions here►DIY Ribbon Bow.

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So, here they are all wrapped up and ready to go!  We are both excited for today when she gets to give these “Will you be my bridesmaid?” gifts to her future attendants!  Wedding dress shopping is on the agenda this afternoon…Will you be my bridesmaid gift on

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Papier-mâché Pumpkins -part 2- How To Make

Papier-mâché Pumpkins -part 2- How To Make

Papier-mâché Pumpkins -tips– How To Make Them – Well, since this was my first experience using this medium, let me tell you that I have learned a thing or two!

Firstly, you need to really exaggerate features with this clay. 

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 (I love this clay and you are witnessing my learning process!)  Thinking that I had exaggerated the features, the pumpkin was set aside to dry and the features began to seem less apparent, especially the eyebrows and the teeth.  If you remember, the picture in the last post did look pretty soggy, right?  

One batch of clay covered most of the small pumpkin and about half of the big pumpkin.  So when this clay dried some, the features shrunk.  

Dave helped me mix up another batch of the clay and this time we mixed in more of the cellulose fiber insulation creating a dryer clay.  There should be less shrinkage with it.  (The paddle worked great for this.  We didn’t have any trouble with it.  I guess the screw and nut worked perfectly.)

More clay was added to build up the brows and the teeth, and once again, the results looked pretty good.  Yes, you can apply this right over top of the dry clay and it adheres perfectly!  Be sure to blend in the edges.  You can see where a crack was filled at the base of the stem, too.  (Cracks are not a big deal.  Imperfections and cracks can easily be filled with the clay.) Papier-mâché Pumpkins -tips- How To Make on








Secondly, I don’t know how Jay or Scott cover the pumpkin all in one day.  Maybe they don’t.  Granted, the clay I used was wetter, but even with the dryer clay, it was too wet to set on any surface, grid or otherwise.  The next pumpkin attempted will begin with covering the bottom half.  That will be allowed to dry, upside down, creating a nice foundation.

When the top half is covered first, there is a lot of weight pressing down on the wet base.  You would be surprised at how much the pumpkin actually weighs.  If the bottom is wet, that extra weight pressing down on it is not a good thing.  Wouldn’t it be better to reverse the process?

Then, the top of the pumpkin and the features will be added.  When the pumpkins above were turned upside down to allow the bottom to dry better, extra care not to smash any features had to be taken.  Wouldn’t it just be easier to do the bottom first?


Thirdly, and last, the wetter clay did not brush so well.  After the clay had dried, I rubbed a thin coat of the clay over the outside, a little at a time, and brushed it.  That gave a smoother, more pumpkin-like texture.  From the beginning, the dryer clay from the second batch was easier to brush and achieve the same results.  Being able to apply numerous coats of clay makes this medium fun and easy to use.  

As soon as this smaller pumpkin dries completely, it will be painted all over, inside and out, with flat black latex exterior paint.  Drying is taking a little longer than I thought.  Then, multiple layers of acrylic paint will be applied and lastly, a clear satin coat of polyurethane will be applied.  Just waiting for these Papier-mâché Pumpkins to dry!

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