5 DIY Envelope Art Ideas

Happy Easter, friends! I hope that you all have a wonderful day. πŸ™‚ This holiday is a great reminder that Jesus gave an incredible gift to us – one that we definitely didn’t deserve. He willingly gave His life – the ultimate sacrifice – to save me and you and every person on this earth:

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. –Β Isaiah 53:5

I hope that you all had a wonderful March and that April will be even better! I’m so excited that warm weather is finally here, and I can’t wait for summer. What are your plans for this month? My main goals are to win Camp NaNo and finish my U.S. History college class. πŸ˜€

Another thing I’d love to do in April and throughout the spring and summer is to get better at art. I’ve been experimenting a lot with envelope art, and it’s so much fun! I gathered 5 of my favorite ideas together and decided to make a post about them. Let’s get started!

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For the first envelope, you’ll need the things listed above, plus some creativity and very simple drawing skills. XD

The first thing you’re going to do is get your marker (I’m using my amazing Sharpie pen) and draw some simple shapes/objects on your cardstock. I recommend using a few different colors of cardstock – I’m using blue, pink, and yellow.

Here are the drawings I did! The possibilities are really endless for what you can draw. You could do animals or flowers or holiday-themed drawings like Christmas or Easter decorations. πŸ˜€

Now just cut out your drawings…

…and glue them onto your envelope!

Here’s my envelope with everything glued into place.

Now just add some details with your pen, and you’re finished! I didn’t put an address on this one because I’m not sure which of my pen pals it’s going to. πŸ˜› Isn’t this pretty? I love the colors!

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Let’s make a summer-themed envelope!

The first thing you’re going to do is glue your scrapbook paper to the front of your envelope and trim off any excess.

Mine didn’t go quite to the edges of the envelope, so let’s fix that!

Get some cardstock and cut 2 long strips and a few shorter ones.

Glue the long strips onto the sides and the short ones onto the scrapbook paper in the center and the top left corner. This is where you’ll be writing the address/returnΒ address.

Now we need to add some decoration! Just like for the first envelope, I used my Sharpie pen to draw some summer-yΒ designs on cardstock. I added some color to them with my Prismacolor pencils. Then I cut everything out, leaving a bit of space around the edges to help them stand out against the colorful paper.

Now figure out where you want everything to go…

…and glue it all into place! Isn’t that pretty? I love this envelope!

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This next envelope is super simple, but it has very colorful results!

To start, just pour a few different colors of paint onto aΒ paper plate. Then take a bottle cap, dip it into the paint…

…and stamp it onto the envelope! You’ll need to repeat this quite a few times with the different colors of paint until the whole surface is covered. I used 3 different bottle caps for the different colors of paint.

Before you start adding paint, you can cut two squares of cardstock and lay them on the envelope. That way, you can just peel them off when you’re done and have a space for addresses!

Here’s the envelope with the paper peeled off. Colorful, huh?

Now just wait for the paint to dry, add the addresses, and you’re done! πŸ˜€ This one is super easy and I love how colorful it looks!

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This next envelope is travel themed and is also super simple! I put my Prismacolor pencils in that photo before realizing that you didn’t need them, and I forgot to put cardboard in the photo, which is something you need. Whoops. XD

Start by tracing the envelope onto your map, doing your best to make a neat rectangle.

Then, cut out the shape you traced. I used a black Sharpie so I would be able to see my lines.

Now glue the map onto your envelope and trim off any excess around the edges.

Doesn’t that look neat? There are quite a few possibilities on how you could decorate this… I came up with a very simple way that I’ll show you below. πŸ˜€

The first thing I did was sketch two luggage tags on cardstock, making one smaller than the other.

Then I cut those out…

…and traced them onto my cardboard. I used a tissue box for this – you’ll want to use some pretty thin cardboard so the envelope doesn’t weigh too much.

Now cut out the shapes you traced. I used a pencil to make the round holes in the tags.

Glue those onto your envelope and then grab your pen!

I added a line for a name and a space for an address, and I was finished! I really love this envelope – it might be my favorite!

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This last envelope is the easiest! You only need 3 things – though if you don’t have any gold envelopes (which I didn’t), then you’ll need to paint a white one. It takes a little while for it to dry, but the finished result is so pretty! πŸ™‚

Once you’ve got your gold envelope ready, just add the name of your pen pal with a Sharpie…

Add an address…

Then just add some washi tape for a finishing touch! πŸ˜€ Washi tape + fun/pretty handwriting is a great way to quickly decorate an envelope. It looks great and doesn’t require much work at all!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to make some envelope art! πŸ™‚ Before I go, here are some of my favorite mail art/pen pal posts from around the web:

CAN YOU REALLY MAIL THAT? Answering mail art questionsΒ |Β kwernerdesgin

You’ve Got Mail: 17 DIYs for Super Stylish StationeryΒ |Β Brit + Co

The Ultimate List of Pen PalΒ IdeasΒ  |Β A Farm Girl’s Life

5 Fun Things to Send Your Pen-Pal // DIY and Under $1Β |Β [title of blog]

50 things to send to your pen palΒ |Β The Pen Company

Let’s Be Pen Pals {A Fun Gift Idea}Β |Β Happy Go Lucky

Thank you for reading, everyone! Have a wonderful April!

What have you been creating lately?

P.S:

My friend Madison from Delightful World of Dolls created this amazing stopmotion a year ago today. It creatively tells the Easter story – she did such an incredible job on it! You can watch it above to help her reach 1 million views. πŸ˜€ Happy Easter, everyone. ❀

93 thoughts on “5 DIY Envelope Art Ideas

  1. CLARA! This is just what I needed today, I’m sitting here, bored and now I have something to do! XD Go write my penpals a letter with a super cute envelope! Thanks for the inspiration! And now, I’m off! XD

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  2. Your envelopes look great! Good luck with you history class. My classes will be almost finish this month also. I got a small crochet rug done and am working on a small lap blanket and a doll. Happy Easter!

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  3. Ahh, they’re so cutesyily(totally a word) aesthetic! You did a great job. Also, your handwriting is amazing and you should write a post about it! Happy Easter!

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  4. OOH an art post AND a pen pal post? grins THIS WAS GREAT! I loved your ideas, Clara, and the accompanying pictures were so clear and pretty and helpful! My favorite idea of yours was how you made little “stickers” and glued them on. They’re so cute and doodly! And I have to say, I can’t WAIT to get that last one. XD XD

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    1. Thanks so much, Charis! πŸ˜€ Ooh, that’s awesome, I bet they looked great! Thanks for commenting! ❀

      -Clara ❀
      P.S: How are you doing?? We haven’t chatted in a while!

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  5. OKAY WAIT. did you say cOLLEGE CLASS?? i’m guessing you mean dual enrollment, because that is so so so cool??? (and i now low-key feel super dumb over here but that’s life giving me lemons for ya, ha)

    also, holy cows and goats, these envelopes are so stinkin’ artsy fartsy, i really wanna do thisssss. now all i need is an actual pen pal. πŸ˜‚ i love your creativity with these things tho!! sooooo purtty man. <333

    completely off topic: just wanted to point out that your overall tutorials’ photo quality has been STELLAR these days, and i really appreciate that. πŸ™‚ they’re so crystal clear and well lit and nice to look at and just really really gorgeousπŸ‘Œ you’re doing great, my girl, SO KEEP BEING FABULOUS OKAY

    suzy βˆ† galactic daydreams

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    1. Yep, I’m doing (online) dual enrollment! Haha, I honestly would never have done this if my mom hadn’t signed me up for it, so now I really don’t have a choice…. It’s not exactly the most fun thing in the world. XD

      Aww, you should get a pen pal! Thanks so much – I’m so glad you like them!! ❀

      Ahh, thank you so so much!! It’s all thanks to my trusty softboxes. pats them XD Your comments are always so awesome, thank you again! Keep being awesome. πŸ˜€

      -Clara ❀

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  6. Wow! These envelopes are so pretty! I should definitely try these!
    Also, your pictures are super nice and clear πŸ˜€
    I think my favorites are the 2nd and 4th one, but they’re all sooooo neat!
    Lydia ❀

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  7. I love this post! Your envelope art ideas are great, and I really want to them, especially the first one. And by the way, I actually have those same Primsacolor colored pencils! I got them earlier this year, and it’s amazing how much better they are than Crayola or Cra-z-art.
    Also, Nicole is right–your lighting is perfect! How did you do it? πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Sassafras! Ooh, that’s awesome! I agree – they’re so vibrant and easy to draw with. πŸ˜€
      Aw, thanks! I used 2 softboxes from the photography studio – they make the my photos really bright and evenly lit. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for commenting! ❀

      -Clara ❀

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  8. Awesome tutorial! thank you for the neat idea.
    My grandfather used to decorate packages and envelopes to me. I have quite a few saved. it’s exciting to get snail mail – even more so when it’s hand decorated.

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