Wednesday, June 2, 2010
DIY: Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Envelopes
It's Environmental Week here in Canada, and what better way to celebrate than to share a recycling Project!
I have had Great success with these envelopes. I find them easy to make, I am recycling (Imagine that?) and boy do they save me some $$.
Please read the instructions thoroghly before beginning.
Ruler white glue
scissors old craft paint brush
Brown paper bags (use good quality)
Rotary cutter and cutting board optional
You should be able to get 1 Larger envelope and at least 2 small envelopes from a standard Brown Paper Bag from the Grocery Store.
Take your Brown Paper Bag and Unfold it. Rather than marking with a pen you will be using the folds in the bag as your cutting lines.
the fold lines on the side cut out the side only, leaving the
bottom intact. Repeat for the opposite side.
You will have something that looks like this.
Fold the back piece at the top over the front, making the fold line up with the top front piece.........
..................Open up your piece of paper, working along the sides
and fold a 2.5 cm (1") Flap on each side.
............you will now need to carefully cut along the sides only up the the first fold, ( this fold separates the front from the back of the envelope. Trim 2.5 cm (1") strip on each side of the bag as shown.
to what was the bottom of the bag to reinforce
the folds there.
Fold the top flap up over the back piece.
IT"S GLUING TIME!!!
Put a nice line of glue on each side flap. Spread the glue carefully with your brush.
Now fold up the side flaps and press firmly into place.
Let your envelopes dry over night! I prefer to seal the tops with some packing tape as I pack my with envelopes with materials such as fabrics or crocheted items.
Decorate with stamps, markers or however you see fit. :)
Just some notes: I don't often like to use Bubble envelopes, but I think you could easily glue in some pieces of bubble wrap before gluing the sides down. I also thought you could buy some Craft Paper that I have seen in the Post office and use this to make envelopes, should you prefer to. I hope that you enjoyed my Tutorial, this is my first. If you have any questions or comments please post them here and I will gladly answer them.