DIY Upcycled Envelopes

A few months back, I was primed to sell a family organiser on eBay when I stumbled across an Etsy seller who had created gorgeous envelopes from the book’s beautifully illustrated pages. Immediately I knew that I had to follow in her footsteps and give DIY upcycled envelopes a go!

Upcycled Envelopes

You can download envelope templates of all shapes and sizes from the web, however I used actual (used) envelopes as templates, by carefully opening them up to their nets. Once you’ve found an envelope style you like, and that fits on the page that you want to upcycle, it’s easy peasy!


You will need:

  • A used envelope (to use as a template), or a downloadable template
  • Paper that you want to turn into an envelope (mine was from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, however you can use pages from magazines or wrapping paper etc.)
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

How to make recyled envelopes:

  1. Start by carefully opening up a used envelope net to use as a template
  2. Make sure your envelope net fits onto the paper you want to turn into an envelope – if it’s too big, you’ll need to find a smaller envelope template, or find a bigger piece of paper
  3. Trace around the envelope with a pencil to mark the outline
  4. With a pair of scissors, cut around the pencil lines to create your new envelope net
  5. Using a ruler, draw on lines where you want your envelope to be folded, and fold neatly, flattening the edge with your nail (I used the side of a steel rule to help me get a straight edge)
  6. Cut some strips of double-sided sticky tape, and adhere to the tabs to stick the sides down
  7. Write your letter / insert your card, et voila! Use a glue dot or further double-sided sticky tape to secure the envelope, pop it in the post, and Bob’s your uncle!

The results:

You may have seen these envelopes featured in my Easter bunny card blog post. The best thing about these being upcycled from a diary, is that I now have envelopes that are fit for all the seasons – nesting birds for spring, flowers for summer, berries for autumn, and robins for Christmas!

I really enjoyed making these little envelopes – I hope you do too!

Making Gift Bows with Recycled Paper

On the weekend I wrote a post showing how to make DIY gift bows. The bow pictured was made from a Lancome advert, but I also had good results with the front cover from The Sunday Times magazine…

If truth be told, I enjoyed taking photos of these as much as I enjoyed crafting them. For full instructions, see my previous post, otherwise I hope this picture helps give an overview of the how-to:

Sunday Times gift bow

It’s easier than you might think, and quite therapeutic! What do you think to this one? Now just to get someone a present so I can wrap their gift… Please feel free to Pin and share =)