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DIY: Trick or Treat Bag Envelopes

Yay it’s finally here! October! My favorite month of the year and the month of Halloween!

Although Halloween is still almost a month away, I still consider this entire month as “Halloween month” when it comes to my crafts and mail art. 😀 So today I’m showing you how you can make pretty Halloween envelopes out of trick or treat paper bags. It’s really easy!

Aren’t they cute? 🙂

What you’ll need:

  • Trick or treat paper bags (I bought a pack of 8 for $1 at the dollar store)
  • Tape
  • Stickers, paper etc to decorate them

You can use any kind of lunch bags for this tutorial too.

All you have to do is tape the bottom of the bag to the bag like I did with the left one:

Next you can decorate the envelopes..and put a piece of paper or label on the front for the address:

Make sure you leave about 1 cm space on the open side so you can fold it over and seal the envelope with tape once you’ve put the letter inside:

Have fun making your own Halloween trick or treat envelopes! 🙂

P.S.: Here are some more fall & Halloween envelopes I’ve made:

My other envelope tutorial

DIY: Beautiful calendar envelopes

I love making my own envelopes as you can see in this blog post about mailart. Whenever I go shopping, I’m on the look-out for things I can use for my crafts.

Last week I came across some cheap calendars that cost only $1 and I bought a pretty one with flowers. If you live in the US, you can check Michael’s, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree for these $1 calendars.

Making envelopes is very easy and today I’m going to show you how to create envelopes like these:

What you’ll need:

  • Calendar with pretty pictures
  • Envelope template or an envelope (unfolded)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Because I make so many envelopes all the time I cut an envelope template out of a piece of cardboard. If you don’t want to do that, just unfold an envelope that has the size you want and use it as a template. 🙂

Choose the picture you want to make your envelope with and remove it from the calendar:

Then draw the envelope outline on the backside of the picture. Make sure it’s positioned right, so the front of the envelope will look nice:

Then you cut out the envelope along the outline…:

…and fold it:

When you glue it together put a piece of scrap paper under the two side parts so the glue doesn’t get on the inside of the envelope:

And now you’re done! Wasn’t that easy? 😉 Here’s the finished flowery envelope, tataaaaaaa:

Have fun making your own! 🙂

DIY: Simple photo cards

I send a lot of greeting cards to my family and friends around the world for many occasions. Unfortunately the cards sold by stores are SO expensive (a pretty birthday card can cost up to $4.75 :() and many times I don’t find what I’m looking for.

So I thought why not make my own cards?

And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few months. 🙂 This is a fast and easy way to make your own, unique greeting cards.

What you’ll need:

  • Blank cards & envelopes
  • Pictures (photos or postcards)
  • Glue

supplies for card making

Since I love photography and I happen to live in a beautiful state, I’ve been taking tons of nature photos over the past few years. I ordered my prints from Snapfish.com. They were 9 cents a piece. Of course you can also have them printed at a store. My photos have the size 4×6 inches (that’s about 10×15 cm).

nature photographs

I got the blank cards and envelopes at AC Moore when they were on sale. It was a pack of 50 cards + envelopes for $5 instead of $10 and I bought the colors brown and white. The cards are 5×7 inches (about 12×17 cm).

blank cards and envelopes

All you have to do is put glue on the back of the photo or postcard and put it on the front of the blank card:

Photo card

Depending on how much or what kind of glue you use, the card could get a little wavy. To prevent that just stick card into a heavy book and sit on it for a little while to flatten it. 😉 I always use an old cookbook:

How to flat a wavy card

And here’s the finished, handmade greeting card tadaaaaaaaaaaaa:

Handmade photo greeting card

I told you it was easy! 😉 Have fun making your own cards!