Looking for free printable envelopes? Have a plain envelope with stickers or treats for your Sunday school class or homeschool child? Don’t go boring! Go fun! Make it something your child will treasure. Here are some beautiful and creative ideas on how to decorate them and make your letters a joy…
JAZZ UP YOUR ENVELOPES
- Decorate a plain envelope.
- Make your own envelope.
- Make your own envelope liner.
- Make both ~ your own envelope and matching envelope liner.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Decorate a plain envelope with some of these new, recycled, or upcycled items. Or find a blank envelope template or envelope liner template, trace around them and cut them out from some of these items.
- gift wrapping paper
- craft paper
- scrapbooking paper
- metallic paper
- embossed paper
- origami paper
- fleuro paper
- craft card stock
- manilla folders
- scraps of wallpaper
- paper doilies / paper lace
- a colouring page
- old calendars
- cute toddler art
- a crossword puzzle (fill in one of the clues!)
- old maps (or print something specific from your favourite online map site – e.g. maybe your location to theirs, joined with a dotted curly arrow and decorated with hearts)
- book wrap (like children use to cover their school books)
- a page out of an old book or newspaper
- a page of sheet music
- recycled greeting cards
- stickers ~ cover your envelope with stickers, or use just one to seal it.
- washi tape
- post-it notes (with extra tape to seal them down)
- gift tags
- a collage of new or used postage stamps
- coloured stamp pads – gently press your envelope into different coloured stamp pads to create a watercolour wash
- use craft stamps to make a scene
- DIY watercolour art doodles
- Experiment with coloured pens, pencils, or folkart paint
- Draw some cute polka dots. Easy to do and they look gorgeous!
- A normal hole punch can also be used to make polka dots
- How about a touch of class from a metallic pen or some calligraphy?
- Dried flowers or leaves
- Make a paper patchwork quilt out of several of these items
- Before you throw that pretty packaging away, look it over carefully to see if it could be reused.
- How about a tiny touch of glitter for the girls?
- Do you have a decorative hole or craft punch? They are an excellent way to use up tiny scraps of pretty paper.
- Cut out some stars or hearts.
- Add a frame.
- Decorate a blank address label.
- Do you like doodling? Draw a scene, or doodle a note of encouragement to your child on your envelope. Cover your envelope with Bible verses, or inspirational, encouraging or motivational words – like faith, courage, hope, trust God, diligence, kindness, love – to inspire your child.
- Adhere mini envelopes or overlap some post-it notes and write Bible verses, words or little notes of encouragement and add some extra delight as they peek under secret flaps.
- Make a hidden message envelope (scroll down to ‘hidden message envelope’) that you open up to discover it’s a card with exciting surprises. It’s ideal for adding interactive pockets, removable tags, mini envelopes and even shakers, so you can vary the surprises inside. Leave the outside of the envelope blank or decorate it with a hint of what’s to come. Make a sweet band to go around it, which looks pretty and holds the envelope shut.
DECORATE YOUR ENVELOPES
Don’t have enough pretty paper to make a full envelope? Decorating a plain envelope is another great way to use up really tiny paper scraps. Cut out some stars, hearts, polka dots, animals, or interesting shapes. Cut some tiny square pieces of paper and decorate them to make a stack of gift boxes to stick on to your envelope. Add a paper bow on top. Got an interesting shaped hole punch? Stamp out a few shapes from different textures. Or stamp out part of the edge of the envelope to make a decorative edge. Add a touch of class by adding a simple gold or silver edge to your envelope. Add an animal template with a strip of animal prints. Add some cute ears and draw a face to make an animal envelope. Or add a funny face to your envelope to make your child laugh. Decorate just one corner of the envelope. Decorate around the edges. Decorate the bottom half, the top half, the back, the front, or even the inside. Kids love anything that peeks out at them when they lift a flap. Click here, here, here, and here for more inspiration.
MORE WAYS TO JAZZ UP YOUR ENVELOPES
SHAPE ~ make an interesting shaped envelope. How about an envelope that folds out to become one giant-sized jigsaw puzzle piece; or a flower; a heart; the shape of an animal; an airplane; a robot; a space rocket or even a planet. Find something to match your theme. Or cut out a pocket shape. Jeans pockets are easy shapes to cut and look really cool. Fold your shape in on itself; or cut 2 and stick them back to back, glue along edges and leave it open along the top.
SIZE ~ Experiment with different sized envelopes.
TEXTURE ~ You could make an envelope out of a whole magazine page, a newspaper page (before checking to make sure there is nothing inappropriate), gift wrapping paper, or a pretty scrapbooking page. Animal photos from old magazines are really great to decorate envelopes or use as liners. Just cover anything unsuitable with something else. Mix and match. Add stickers. Having something peeking up from under the flap makes it even more fun!
GIFT WRAPPING PAPER ~ works particularly well. It has great texture, looks classy, is cost effective, plus there is a huge variety to choose from ~ pretty, colourful, animals, shiny, metallic ~ something for all ages and themes. Imagine how many envelopes or liners you could get out of just one piece of good quality gift wrapping paper! Make extra envelopes so your child can share with family and friends. Or provide the materials so they can have fun to make and decorate their own.
- FREE Envelope template (supercoloring) free printable
- FREE Envelope templates (gathered.how; scroll down to ‘PDF: Free envelope templates – all designs’) various sizes and instructions; free printable
- FREE Envelope template (art4crafts) two templates with decorative edges; free printable
- FREE Envelope template (printables.se) with editable text; or simply delete the text if you prefer a blank envelope; free printable
- DIY Envelope templates (duckduckgo)
- Make your own envelope template a simple tutorial showing how to carefully open seams of a commercial envelope and use it as template to trace around it onto pretty paper
- DIY Envelope with curved flap
DIY ENVELOPE LINERS
- DIY Envelope Liner is a great way to jazz up your envelope and use up pretty paper scraps. Just cut it to fit your envelope ~ and you only need a tiny bit to add a touch of class.
- Photos make cool envelope liners. When you receive your child’s photo, scan or photocopy it, print it out on plain or textured paper, and turn it into an envelope liner! Or use some of your own family; pet or holiday photos. Try different effects ~ black and white, sepia, or full colour. Pop a few stickers in, a note, or a little treat. What a great way to bless your child. Or their mom or teacher.
FREE ENVELOPES / ENVELOPE LINERS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
FREE Envelopes (Paper Gifts for Estefany) ready for you to download and print; various to choose from so they have their own post; click on the link to see more; free printable
FREE Envelope Liners (Paper Gifts for Estefany) ready for you to download and print; various to choose from so they have their own post; click on the link to see more; free printable
FREE Mini Envelopes (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with cute little mini note cards ready for you to download and print; various to choose from so they have their own post; click on the link to see more; free printable
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Great work on your website. Not too long ago my wife and I had a similar idea of starting a business such as yours, doing what you’ve accomplished with your website. My better half was incredibly talented with paper, creating spectacular cards for family and friends but also created amazing envelopes to compliment the unique cards. Well our dream never made it off the ground, but it’s exciting to stumble upon your great business/website. Congrats. and great job to you!
That sounds fantastic, bwood. I once met a 79 year old woman who had just enrolled in university! It’s never too late to accomplish your dreams! And let me know when you do so I can come visit. :)
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