Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lily Bee | DIY String Envelope Tutorial

I blogged last Friday on the Lily Bee blog with a tutorial on how to make this cute A2 envelope using scrapbooking supplies.  You can see the tutorial here on the Lily Bee blog. 

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Supplies:  Pinwheel Collection (Flower Box paper, 6x6 Tiny Tablet, Embellishment Bundle, Label Stickers)

Or here on my blog as well!  I swoon whenever I see cute handmade envelopes or pockets of any kind. I just think they are so cute!  I will show you how to make a string-tie envelope sized at A2.  The size of this envelope is very convenient because all handmade A2 cards (4.25" x 5.5") will fit inside.  You can also use this envelope on a layout too.

These are the supplies you will need:

  • 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper
  • twine or string
  • buttons or brads
  • circle punch
  • paper trimmer
  • scoring board or bone folder
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • hole punch
  • adhesive

To start out, I cut my piece of pattern paper to 9.5" x 7.75".
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Next, I scored two lines on the long side of the paper, one at 1/2", and another one at 5".
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On the short side, I scored lines at 1 3/4" and 7 3/8".
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Your paper will look like this after scoring.
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Next, I cut out the corners of the paper like this.
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I folded the paper into the envelope shape.  I rounded the corners of the flaps.
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Next I measured where I wanted my holes for the brads to be.  I wanted them halfway across the 4.5" side, so I drew circles at 2.25" across.
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The two pencil-marked circles are where my brads will go.
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Next, I used my 1" circle punch to punch out two circles in a contrasting color than my envelope color.
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Then I hole-punched the center of each circle.
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I lined up the hole on the circle to where I had drawn a circle, and pushed the brad into the paper.
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This is what your paper looks like after both circles and brads are attached.
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I folded the two strips of flaps and put adhesive on them.  Then I folded the large flap over to make the envelope.
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Then I tied some twine from the Pinwheel Embellishment Bundle around both brads under the paper circles to close the flaps together.
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To complete the look, I adhered a Label Sticker to the front of the envelope.  I think it adds a nice finishing touch! :)
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I can't wait to put a handmade card into this cute envelope and give it to the recipient!  I plan to also figure out the paper dimensions to make a 4x6 and 3x4 envelope to fit into my Project Life album. :)


  1. TFS the tutorial. I'll have to make some of these. So cute.

  2. Thanks for the great tutorial. Just would you use these with Project Life?

    1. I guess if you want to hide journaling? Or you could punch holes on the side and use these to keep memorabilia in it and just slip it into the album using the holes.

  3. Thanks for the great tutorial. Who needs to buy premade envelops after this?! I have the We R Memory Keepers envelop maker. I guess I can figure out how to make a similar envelope. To be honest I have made more file folders than envelopes with my envelope maker. Her is a link to a tutorial. Once you get the hang of it you can make all sizes.

    1. Thanks Angela! I'm super-intrigued by the WRMK Envelope Maker. I saw it demo'ed at CHA back in January and it looked so cool!

  4. I love this small encelope


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