How to Make Elegant Doily Envelopes

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How to Make Elegant Doily Envelopes
Use doilies to make elegant envelopes. (Teckchen image by zabaxe from

Cards sometimes need a touch of elegance. Ribbons and embossing powder can certainly do the job, but a very simple solution involves using a doily envelope. Doilies feature lacy, elegant designs cut into paper. Some use them to protect surfaces from vases and knick-knacks while others glue them together to make scented sachets and embellish gifts. Doily envelopes require little skill and give cards a thoughtful touch. You can use any kind of doily you like for this project, making it perfect for using up extras from other crafts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Card
  • Doily
  • Sealing wax
  • Lighter
  • Seal stamp

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  1. 1

    Lay your doily on a flat, clean surface with the right side down. The design on the right side has smooth, bevelled edges while the design on the wrong side has sharper edges. If the doily is a square, turn it so one of the corners points toward you. Turn a heart doily so the point faces away from you.

  2. 2

    Place your card in the centre of the doily with the front of the card facing up. Orient rectangular cards with the fold toward you and square cards with the fold to the left. Center the card.

  3. 3

    Fold the sides of the doily in over the card. Make your creases sharp and straight. Fold up the bottom of the doily next, again making a sharp crease. Fold the top of the doily down last, making sure the card is completely covered.

  4. 4

    Hold your sealing wax in a lighter flame about 4 inches above the centre of your doily envelope. Allow a nickel-sized puddle of wax to accumulate on the envelope and press your seal into the wax. Allow the wax to cool.

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