Get Crafty! How to Make Envelope Liners
Envelope liners are one of those things that I've always wanted to try but never got around to. They're beautiful but so seem like they might take a lot of time.
Well guess, what? They're not!
Whether you have an envelope with a pointed or flat flap, this should work for both types.
How to Make Envelope Liners
These are the tools you need:
- Wrapping Paper or thin paper
- Double sided sticky tape or other adhesive
- Bone folder
First, you'll need two envelopes of the same size. I have a surplus of white envelopes from Etsy orders so I went plain Jane on this one. Take one envelope and open the flap. Carefully trim about 1/8 inch from the left and right sides of the envelope and trim 1/4" from the bottom. This will result in the "back" of the envelope being cut off and you're left with the long "front" piece with the flap. The trimmed front piece should now fit into your second envelope. This is your template.
You should be able to fit the template into the second envelope. You may need to trim it down the sides so the template sits flat, and a little more from the bottom so that the template falls under the adhesive seal.
The rest of this is easy. Simply take your liner template and trace it out on your paper of choice. I recommend keeping the paper somewhat thin. You want it to be easy to fold but not so delicate that it rips apart. Paper Source has perfect fine paper in an assortment of colors and patterns and you can also use scrapbook paper. For my particular project, I was going to line 25 envelopes so I went with their wrapping paper. It was slightly thicker than plain wrapping paper but nowhere near the thickness of card stock.
Once you've traced out however many liners you need, simply just cut them out with scissors.
Place your liner inside of your envelope. Make sure it still fits flat and trim as necessary.
As you can see here, I added some flair to my paper by stamping snowflakes on them. If you do this, just give time for the ink to dry.
Next, close the flap, being careful to fold the liner with the flap. I used a boning folder to help flatten everything down, but you can also use your pencil from earlier or press down really hard on the fold with your finger.
Then open the envelope flap back up. Your liner should be perfectly folded right under the envelope fold. Take another pass with your boning folder if necessary.
Then take double sided tape, glue stick, or any other thin adhesive, and apply it to the edge of the liner flap. Fold the envelope flap over it and press down so both flaps stick together. Take caution to make sure they lay flat.
And that's it! Now you have pretty lined envelopes.
You could change this up in so many ways. Use various wrapping paper (try glitter!), extra card stock, stamp or doodle patterns, etc. You can also add extra flair my decorating the outside of your envelopes.
I'm really pleased with how these turned out. Here's a surprise that you may have already guessed: I used these for my holiday cards this year. Yay!
Want to buy the items I used in this tutorial? Items marked with an asterisk (*) will lead you to Amazon. If you make a purchase through those referral links, then I will receive (very small!) compensation.
- Martha Stewart Crafts Bone Folder* (but I used the one that came with this Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool*
- Scotch Permanent Double Sided Tape*
- Paper Source Red Wrapping Paper
- Paper Source Medium Snowflake Stamp
- White Stamp Ink
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