Make Envelopes using Magazines!

Glue (elmers liquid or stick will work)

Step 1
Carefully unfold your envelope. This will become your stencil. If you prefer you can first trace this onto a heavy piece of cardstock or a thin piece of cardboard for something that will last longer.

Step 2
Select your magazine page and carefully trace the shape onto it using a ball point pen.

Step 3
Cut out your shape. Be sure to cut as close to perfect as you can. It’s hard to cover up a mistake in a crooked line or something.

Step  4
Start to fold your sides. Reference your envelope that you used to trace! Try to be as straight as you can with your folds.

Step 5
Lightly glue the diagonal sides. You do not need a lot of glue. White glue is very strong. You could add some glue to a q-tip and dab it on gently if you prefer.

Step 6
You’re done! Double check our folds, make sure they’re fully creased! You could add a white address label to the front for a space to write on.

These make wonderful gifts for people! Written letters are becoming a lost art! Why not help keep it alive while recycling magazines! Enjoy.

If you have any questions please e-mail me at saranicoledesigns@gmail.com

©2011 Sara Nicole Designs


  1. These are so lovely! I can't wait to give them a go ~ thanks for sharing Sara Nicole!

  2. This is a killer idea! I'm going to go make envelopes now. Thanks :)

  3. Cool idea! This is a must on my list, and the best part is that I have got all the needed materials at home.

  4. Fantastic Green Project! Love, love, love it!

  5. I used to make these in the late 60's when I was in college. They were (and are) so cool. Thanks for the memory!

  6. very cool. i love these. i wrap all of my etsy items in recycled magazines. i've never attempted envelopes. this is going to have to be a summer project!

  7. I've made oh so many envelopes using this very method, it's so great to recycle magazine papers like this, and makes great and colourful envies too. Great tutorial!