Welcome back, everyone! *waves* Today, I’ll be sharing some more envelope art with you guys. 😀 Everyone seemed to enjoy my 5 DIY Envelope Art Ideas from a few months ago, so I hope you’ll enjoy this one as well – there’s a fun list of creative things to send your pen pal at the end of the post!
Let’s take a look at the envelopes, shall we?
This envelope is super easy, and the results are so pretty! Brush pens are ideal for this tutorial, but if you don’t have any, then a permanent marker like a Sharpie will work as well. 🙂
To begin, take your plastic lid and color generously on it with your brush pen. If you’re using two different colors like I am, then don’t mix the colors – just make big swatches of color side by side.
Once you’ve colored the lid, dip your paintbrush in some water and apply the water to the ink.
You can now begin painting your envelope! The colors will be used up after a few brushstrokes, so you’ll need to continue adding more ink and water to the lid to make sure the envelope is evenly colored.
Once your envelope is dry, all that’s left to do is add an address!
I actually made two of these – they’re so fun and easy!
I love using washi tape to decorate envelopes – it’s easy to use and it looks great!
To start, draw an address on the envelope. I used my brush pens, which I got here. I highly recommend buying brush pens if you’re interested in envelope art – they make it so easy to draw pretty addresses and designs!
Once your envelope is addressed, you can start adding washi tape! I created a diagonal pattern along each of the corners.
I used an arrow stamp for a finishing touch. 🙂 This one is super easy, and I love how colorful it is!
This one is something a little different – a printable envelope! The other day, I had the idea of using my enormous font collection to design an envelope, and it turned out to be surprisingly fun and easy! To start, you’ll need an envelope template. I’m using a free printable template from Greetings Island. Click below to get the template as a .jpg image:
Once you’ve saved the template, open it in the graphic design program of your choice. I’m using GIMP, a free design software that I highly recommend. 🙂 Start by typing out the name and address in the font of your choice.
Then, add a return address. I added mine on the back flap of the envelope to maker more room for decorating in the front. Then I used the “flip” tool to flip the return address upside down so it would be facing the right way when I printed it out.
Now print the template and cut it out!
You can leave the envelope as is, or you can decorate it. I used a pen to draw some leaves and then colored them in. 🙂 This is great if you need to send out a bunch of envelopes for invitations or something similar!
This envelope is really fun and simple to make, and it smells like coffee for an added bonus. XD
To begin, you’ll need to place your envelope in a pan and pour some coffee over it (the darker the coffee is, the better). Make sure the envelope is completely soaked, and then let it sit for about an hour before removing it from the pan and letting it completely dry. You can use a hair dryer or fan to speed up the drying process.
Once it’s dry, your envelope should look something like this. It might be a little warped, which you can fix by leaving it under a heavy book for a few minutes.
Now you’re ready to decorate! There are endless possibilities for how you could decorate this – I decided to go with a book theme. Coffee and books just seem to go together. 😉 I sketched out my design in pencil and then filled it in with a pen.
I love using coffee to stain envelopes! There are endless possibilities for how you could decorate them. 😀
I have a slight obsession with cacti at the moment, so this envelope is probably my favorite. 😉
To start, cut out a piece of your patterned duct tape and stick it onto parchment paper. Then, cut out each individual design to make a bunch of little stickers.
If you wanted to stop here, these stickers would be great gifts for your pen pal! There are so many different patterns of duct tape that the possibilities are endless!
Arrange the stickers onto your envelope and then remove the parchment paper from each one to secure it into place. I’m using an envelope that I painted using the watercolor method from the beginning of this post. 😀
Now all that’s left to do is address it!
Stickers are a great way to quickly decorate an envelope. I love how this one turned out – it’s so pretty!
Before I go, here’s a fun list of things to send your pen pal!
- Origami – see how to make an easy and adorable bunny here.
- A bookmark – you can find a list of pretty printable ones here.
- A playlist of your favorite songs – you could also try a list of your favorite books or movies.
- A favorite recipe – see some short and simple ones here.
- Confetti – you can make your own using a hole punch and colorful paper.
- Miniature polaroids – just print your favorite photos and cut them out.
- A scratch-off picture – see how to make one here.
- Stickers – if you want to make them yourself, draw your designs on a mailing label, then cut each design out out and stick them to clear plastic. You could also use the duct tape + parchment paper method mentioned above.
- Flower seeds – these can get crushed in the mail, so make sure to write “fragile” on the envelope or add some extra padding.
- Riddles or knock-knock jokes – you could draw these on the inside flap of the envelope for a fun surprise!
Thank you so much for reading, everyone! I hope this post inspired you to create some envelope art! If you try any of these ideas, I’d love to see. You can email me a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂
Which envelope is your favorite?