How to Make & Fold Envelopes With Free Patterns

Updated February 21, 2017

Receiving a letter or card in the mail with a handmade envelope makes the experience even more special. Making your own envelopes allows you to add your own personal touches and details that are absent in standard, store-bought options. While it may seem challenging to fold an envelope from paper, there are a variety of free patterns available online that make the process easier. You can also visit your library and make a photocopy of an envelope template from a craft book.

Print or photocopy your free envelope pattern using the type of paper of your choice. Standard printer paper works well but you can also use construction paper or lightly-textured stationary.

Cut around the solid lines of the template with scissors to remove the excess paper.

Place the envelope template on a hard surface such as a table. Run a straight edge ruler lightly over the dotted lines of the template to score for folding.

Fold the template according to instructions to form the body of the envelope. Secure any edges into place using a glue stick and pressing the paper together.

Decorate your envelope to give it a personal touch. Use glitter, stickers, paint, coloured pencils or your medium of choice to add colour or texture. Leave space for writing the names and addresses if you intend to mail the envelope.


If you need an envelope that's larger or smaller than the printed version, use a photocopier to either shrink or enlarge the template as needed. Adding a large number of decorative objects to your envelope may increase the amount of postage you have to pay.

Things You'll Need

  • Printer or photocopier
  • Scissors
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Decorating supplies
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Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.