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How to Make Different Types of Gift Money Envelopes

Updated February 21, 2017

A homemade gift envelope adds a personal touch to a gift of money. They are also a great way to personalise a gift card. These envelopes can be made from many kinds of paper. The traditional rectangular envelope can be made from gift wrap, an old map, a magazine page or the comics section of the newspaper. The petal envelope is a good shape for a gift card and can be made from card stock or a magazine cover.

Open the seams on the old envelope and lay the envelope out flat.

Trace the envelope onto a large sheet of paper. Cut out this pattern.

Trace the pattern onto the back side of a piece of gift wrap. Cut it out.

Fold the side flaps in and then the bottom flap up. Glue the seams together.

Fold the top flap down. When you use the envelope seal it with glue.

Draw a square the desired finished size of your card in the centre of a large piece of scrap paper. A 3-inch-by-3-inch square will hold folded money or a gift card.

Set the radius of your compass to half the length of one side of the square. For a 3-by-3 square set it at 1 1/2 inches.

Put the point of your compass at a point 1/4 of an inch out from the centre of one side of the square. Keep the point of the compass on that spot and draw an arc from one end of that side of the square out and back to the other end. This will form a big petal shape.

Repeat for the other three sides of the square. Cut out this pattern.

Trace this pattern onto card stock and cut out.

Score the card along the lines of the original square.

To use the card place the money in the centre and fold the petals in one by one around the square. Tuck the edge of the last petal under the edge of the first petal you folded down.

Things You'll Need

  • Large paper
  • Old envelope
  • Gift wrap
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Card stock
  • Compass
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.