5 (More) DIY Envelope Art Ideas

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?

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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!

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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!

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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:

GET THE TEMPLATE

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!

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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. 😀

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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!

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Before I go, here’s a fun list of things to send your pen pal!

  1. Origami – see how to make an easy and adorable bunny here.
  2. A bookmark – you can find a list of pretty printable ones here.
  3. A playlist of your favorite songs – you could also try a list of your favorite books or movies.
  4. A favorite recipe – see some short and simple ones here.
  5. Confetti – you can make your own using a hole punch and colorful paper.
  6. Miniature polaroids – just print your favorite photos and cut them out.
  7. A scratch-off picture – see how to make one here.
  8. 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.
  9. Flower seeds – these can get crushed in the mail, so make sure to write “fragile” on the envelope or add some extra padding.
  10. Riddles or knock-knock jokes – you could draw these on the inside flap of the envelope for a fun surprise!

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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 clara@clara-and-co.com. 🙂

Which envelope is your favorite?

48 thoughts on “5 (More) DIY Envelope Art Ideas

  1. Oh my goodness, you are so creative! I love how pretty and easy these are! I especially love the coffee one, except we don’t buy coffee, so I don’t have much chance of getting to make it. :\ XD

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    1. Thanks so much, Danielle! 😀 Oh dear, that is a tragedy. 😛 You could always mix brown acrylic paint and water to get a similar look! 🙂

      -Clara ❤

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  2. OH I LOVE THIS POST! Those are all such wonderful envelopes! And the COFFEE ONE WAS THE BEST. (Also I LOVE that C.S. Lewis quote ♥) The brush pen one also was great – I’ve done that with ink stamps for watercoloring. It worked pretty well, but didn’t blend, sadly. But it IS easy. Great job, Clara! Sadly I can’t use any of your ideas because my only pen-pal is Allison…but I love them all the same. ☺

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Aria! 😀 I’m so glad you like my envelope art! 🙂 Ooh, ink stamp watercoloring is a great idea. Oh dear, haha. Sorry about that. 😉 Thank you for reading and commenting! ❤

      -Clara ❤

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  3. I love the coffee one especially, but no one in our family drinks coffee, so I can’t do it!! Do you have any other ideas to get that look without coffee? Maybe tea, but we don’t really drink that in the summer…
    Christina
    christinandcamera.wordpress.com

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  4. Wonderful post, Clara! I love reading posts about letters or envelopes or art, so this was perfect! You had so many pretty ideas. 😀 I loved how you made stickers out of duct tape and how you stained the envelope with coffee – I want some brown envelopes, but I guess I could just make my own! Also the list of things to send your pen pal was super fun and creative! (By the way, I forgot to tell you last time, but thanks so much for your Summer Playlist! Megan and I were listening to some songs from it and we liked them, especially “Your Smile.” 🙂 ) I can’t wait to get those envelopes, hee hee!

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    1. Thank you so much, Allison! 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed my ideas!
      Oh, you’re very welcome! That’s one of my favorite songs on there, too. 🙂
      Haha, I can’t wait to send them to you! Thanks for leaving a comment! ❤

      -Clara ❤

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