How to Recycle Old Calendars into Colorful Envelopes - Great Envelope Art Tutorial!

August 02, 2016

How to Recycle Old Calendars into Colorful Envelopes - Great Envelope Art Tutorial!

I am a fan of envelope art - painting, drawing, sketching, stamping, doodling, etc., on envelopes. Somehow jazzing up the envelope turns a through-the-mail missive into something more, something gift-like.

One of the neat things about envelope art is that you don't have to limit yourself to just what you can put on an envelope. You can make your own envelopes and, through paper choice, the envelope itself can become art in and of itself.

Below is a DIY how-to by Susie Delaney, eHow contributor, that shows you how to recycle an old calendar into an envelope collection. You don't have to limit yourself to using old calendars of course - any sturdy paper (catalogs, posters, etc), will do, but the steps in this how-to will still be relevant.

How to Recycle Your Old Calendar into Vibrant Stationery

Recycle Calendars Into Envelope Art - courtesy of Susie Delaney

Things You'll Need:

Step 1

If your are using an envelope you already have as your template, carefully take it apart. You want it intact to trace, so try not to rip it on the edges.

Recycle Calendars into Envelope Art - Courtesy of Susie Delaney
Step 2

Lay your envelope template on the backside of the calendar and trace. Play with the positioning a bit to try to get the best parts of the photo in the center of your envelope.

Recycle Calendars into Envelope Art - Courtesy of Susie Delaney
Step 3

Cut out your envelope design using your template. Be careful to trace and cut accurately because if it is uneven the envelope won't lay flat or seal properly.

Recycle Calendars into Envelope Art - Courtesy of Susie Delaney
Step 4

Fold in the sides and bottom of the envelope, then crease the top. For this project a bone folder was used to make the creases sharp and even.

Recycle Calendars into Envelope Art - Courtesy of Susie Delaney

Step 5

Glue (or tape) the bottom flap over the two side flaps. Leave the top flap unglued.

Recycle Calendars into Envelope Art - Courtesy of Susie Delaney
Step 6

Your envelope is complete. Since this doesn't have the adhesive on the top flap you will need to glue or tape the top down when you have put your letter inside. For a finishing touch, add some glitter stickers or decorative washi tape.

Recycle Calendars into Envelope Art - Courtesy of Susie Delaney

(This tutorial and images are by Susie Delaney, eHow contributor)

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