Introduction: Tiny Envelopes From Recycled Paper

About: I love to work with my hands. Mostly I knit and crochet but I have dabbled in all kinds of crafts. Making things makes me so happy! I love seeing something beautiful take shape in my hands. Also I love taking …

I love to craft and I love all things tiny so when I came across a picture of tiny envelopes made from old book pages I knew I had to make my own.

A while back I made one of those hidden book safes so I actually had some pages cut out of a book sitting in my craft tub ready to be used! I always get excited when I find uses for old things!

I was inspired by this listing on Etsy Super cute idea.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!


You will need:

  • old book page
  • other piece of paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • glue

Step 1: Make Your Square Template

This is my method for making an easy perfect square.

Grab your extra paper pencil and ruler.

Mark two inches from one corner and then two inches from the same corner on the other side of the paper.

Fold your corner in diagonally with the points right on your two marks making a triangle.

Cut along the edges of the folded triangle and then unfold.

Now take your template and fold it diagonally in the opposite direction then unfold. You should now have two creases going diagonally from opposite corners. (see last photo)

Now you can use this template to make as many tiny envelopes as your heart desires!

Step 2: Trace and Cut Out

Now take your template and place it on top of your book page.

Note: If you want the printed words to be straight on your envelope you need to line the two horizontal tips of your template with the same line of text on your page. If you don't care what way the words run then feel free to trace at any angle. Experiment with it!

Trace around your template then cut out your square.

Now take your template and fold it twice along your creases to make a small triangle.

Place your template back on your little square with the long side against any of your square's sides. Mark where the tip of the triangle sits. Remove your template. This marks the exact center of your square.

Now you are ready to start folding your envelope!

Step 3: Fold and Glue

Position your square like a diamond with the tips pointing up, down, left and right.

Take the right corner and fold so the tip touches your center dot. Repeat with the left corner.

Then take your bottom tip and fold up so it's about half way to the center dot. You don't want this tip to go all the way to the center dot.

Now place a few drops of glue along the bottom corners. (see photo)

Note: I used Elmer's glue which I found worked the best but feel free to use whatever glue you have on hand. Just be careful to not get too much on your envelope. Remember "dots not lots"!

Now fold the bottom of your envelope up aprox. 3/4" and press glued areas together.

Take the top corner and fold it down the the center.

After the glue sits for about 30 seconds, lift the top flap and gently put your finger in the envelope to ensure that the glue doesn't stick it shut. That way you can add a little note later.

The glue should dry in about 5 mins and you are all done!

Now you can put a little note in it or use it as decoration or whatever you want. The sky's the limit!

Thanks for reading!

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