How to Make a Fancy Envelope

Updated February 21, 2017

An elegant envelope is a sign that a special message is nestled inside. A fancy envelope can hold a wedding invitation, personal letter or party invitation. Construct a fancy envelope from scrapbook paper, vellum or handmade paper. Personalise the envelopes by adding decorations that match personalised stationary or handmade greeting cards.

Trace the shape of an envelope template on to the paper. A plain envelope can be fully opened and traced on to the speciality paper. Draw a light guideline mark for each of the fold lines.

Cut out the envelope shape. Cut the flap with scallop-edge or decorative scissors for a fancy edging. Use paper punch tools to punch out eyelet style designs on the flap, if desired.

Use rubber stamps to decorate the envelope front and flap. Wedding rings, delicate floral borders and roses are some of the images that work well on a fancy envelope. Sprinkle embossing powder over the inked images. Heat with an embossing gun to create raised images for a more elegant look.

Score the fold lines with a bone folder or craft stick. Fold the side flaps over at the back of the envelope. Fold the bottom flap up over the side flaps. Adhere in place with glue stick or glue pen.

Adhere the top flap down with glue stick or glue pen after the contents have been placed into the envelope. Use double stick tape as an alternative for the flap adhesive.


Make envelopes in stages when creating a dozen or more fancy envelopes. Draw and cut out the entire lot before decorating and sealing them with adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Envelope template
  • Medium weight vellum, speciality or scrapbook paper
  • Decorative edge scissors
  • Rubber stamps
  • Ink
  • Embossing powder
  • Embossing heat gun
  • Bone folder or craft stick
  • Glue stick or pen
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About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.