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How to make: unique cut out envelopes

I recently faced a problem, that probably only crafters understand: I had the most beautiful, handcrafted greeting cards, but the envelopes were boringly simple. They just didn’t do the cards justice. Quite a dilemma when you spent quite some time on crafting beautiful, meaningful cards for a special occasion.




We were invited to a wedding. You probably all agree that you bring a card with a personal message for the bride and groom to a wedding. I always make greeting cards myself, I can proudly say that I’ve never bought a card – unless I really fell in love with the design, but then the card ended up on the wall, as art, anyway. When I was growing up, my mum had a whole supply of cardboard, paper and crafting material, so I always sneaked into her room to get what I needed to make cards for my friends birthdays.

The bride, mentioned above, loves origami paper cranes. So I decided to decorate the envelope with a cut out origami bird. It turned out so beautiful that I decided to share it with you guys.


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For the origami envelopes you see here I chose a origami crane, a bird, a boat and a turtle.

With Christmas approaching, consider choosing a Christmas design to make your Christmas cards even more special. I’d just be careful with sending the envelopes by post, the cut outs are quite delicate. But for Christmas cards you hand over personally, this project is perfect.


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For the cut out envelopes you need:



  • envelopes
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • craft knife
  • cutting mat



1 –  First sketch your preferred design with the pencil onto an envelope. Choose simple shapes with straight lines, these will be easier to cut. Keep the shapes small and place them close to the edges to avoid instability.



If you decide to place your design on the flap (and not cut through the front of the envelope), open the flap and draw on the inside. Keep in mind, the end result will be the other way around (mirrored).



2 –  Then carefully cut along the lines of your sketch. If you want the motif on the front and the back of the envelope, cut through all layers with the flap closed.


If you chose a design on the flap, keep the flap open while cutting.




3  –  Place your cards (preferable colourful ones) in the envelopes. Done.


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I might experiment with sending these envelopes by post, they are too pretty to not send them around the world. Reinforcing the cut out design with clear tape on the inside – before you cut – should make them more durable. What do you think?




2 thoughts on “How to make: unique cut out envelopes

  1. This is such a cool idea! I’m thinking of using a punch to make stars – it takes less time (because Christmas time is always the busiest).

    I love that the card shows through! Such a clever and easy idea that makes them even more special.

    Thank you for sharing, Selina. I’ll try this for my Christmas cards this season.

    1. You’re so welcome! Makes me happy that you’re gonna try it. Please let me know how it turns out.

      You’re lucky, you have a star punch, so much faster, I agree :-)

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