Inspired by the tutorial over at the EcoTurtleUpcycling & Zero Waste blog, I wanted to share one of my favorite upcycling activities: Making envelopes out of old magazines.
You will need:
– magazines/calendars/junk mail with interesting images
– glue stick
– transparent tape
– envelope template
(To find an envelope template, I typed “envelope template” into google image search. You can also make your own template by deconstructing an envelope you like.)
Before you glue the flaps, you can add “liner” images, as well as collage more pictures onto the outside of the envelope. This is optional, but it does make the envelope a little more substational and resistant to tearing. It also adds some visual interest.
Some more envelopes I made, while listening to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and channeling Moreh Ya’akov, who taught me to make these in the first place. These can be mailed through US Postal service, as long as you affix a stamp, properly seal and address the envelopes. You may also want to check with their Mail Characteristics guide to determine the price and class of your envelope.
Continuing to share the love. Happy Upcycling!
Also, you might want to check out a similar tutorial for DIY upcycled envelopes over at the Intimate Weddings Blog, where I found the envelope template.