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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com 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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

First, I introduced her to PicMonkey.com.

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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