Looking for free printable envelopes? Have an 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 a couple of ideas to jazz up your envelopes…
- Decorate an envelope.
- Make your own envelope.
- Make an envelope liner.
- Make both ~ your own envelope + matching envelope liner.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Here’s how… find a template and cut up new, recycled or upcycled items such as:
- greeting cards
- gift wrapping paper
- craft paper
- scrapbooking paper
- metallic paper
- embossed paper
- origami paper
- fleuro paper
- scraps of wallpaper
- a crossword puzzle (fill in one of the clues!)
- colouring page
- old maps (or print something specific from Google maps – maybe your location or theirs)
- paper doilies / paper lace
- manilla folders
- a page out of an old book or newspaper
- a page of sheet music
- book wrap (like the kids use to cover their school books)
- craft card stock
- gift tags
- new or used postage stamps
- cute toddler art
- washi tape
- post-it notes
- stamp pads – gently press your envelope into different coloured stamp pads to create a watercolour wash
- craft stamps
- DIY watercolour art doodles
Turn it into a unique envelope (or envelope liner) and decorate it. Or make a paper patchwork quilt out of several of these items. And before you throw that pretty packaging away, look it over carefully to see if it could be reused. 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. How about a tiny touch of glitter for the girls? Or drawing some cute polka dots? A normal hole punch can also be used to make polka dots. Do you like doodling? Doodling a note of love to your child on your envelope. Experiment with coloured pens, pencils, or folkart paint. How about a touch of class from a metallic pen or some calligraphy? Absolutely. Cover your envelope with a Bible verse; or one or more inspirational, encouraging or motivational words – like faith, courage, hope, trust God, diligence, kindness, love – to inspire your child. Or overlap some post-it notes and write words or little notes of love under the flaps.
Making an envelope liner is a great way to jazz up your envelope and use up pretty paper scraps. Just cut to fit 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. Here’s another envelope liner using a photo. Pop a few stickers, a note or a little treat in there. What a great way to bless your child. Or their mom or teacher.
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 some cute ears and draw a face to make an animal envelope. Or add a funny face to your envelope using plain round stickers. Sure to make your child smile. 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 the flaps. :)
MORE WAYS TO JAZZ UP THOSE 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 air plane; 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 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 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 send the materials so they can have fun to make and decorate their own.
ENVELOPES AND LINERS ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR ESTEFANY ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Here is a sample of envelopes I’ve done for my kids; free printable
ENVELOPE LINERS ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR ESTEFANY ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Here is a sample of matching envelope liners; free printable
MINI ENVELOPES ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR ESTEFANY ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Here is a sample of mini envelopes I’ve done for my kids; free printable
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