Magazines have such pretty pages, but once you’re done reading them, they’re done. Instead of trashing your magazines, recycle them into quick and easy handmade envelopes. In honor of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22nd, here are instructions on how to make an envelope out of eye-catching recycled magazine pages.
- Recycled Magazine Pages or Other Colorful Paper
- Martha Stewart Scoring Board with Envelope Template and Bone Folder
- Darice Paper Trimmer
- Darice Hercules Glue (Or I used Fast Grab Tacky Glue.)
- Darice Scissors
The Martha Stewart Scoring Board comes with this triangle-shaped envelope template that will help you quickly and easily learn how to make an envelope. The triangle has a quick guide for what size paper you need to get an envelope in the size you want.
Step 1. With the paper trimmer, trim your recycled magazine page into a square the size you need for your envelope, according to the template guidelines. For this project, I used 7.5″ x 7.5″ paper, which is the correct size to make a 4 bar envelope.
Step 2. Make sure the triangle template is locked into the far left corner of the scoring board. Place your square page against the triangle template with the corner touching the left edge of the scoring board.
Step 3. Check the template to find out where to score the envelope. For this one, you will score it at 2-5/8″ (that’s one notch past 2-1/2″). To score, hold the paper in place, and hold the bone folder at an angle in the correct line, then run the bone folder lightly down the paper so that it makes an indentation, but doesn’t cut the paper.
Step 4. Flip the paper so that you are now scoring the opposite side of the paper. The original scored line should be running up and down and parallel to the new line you are scoring. Score the 2nd line at 2-5/8″.
Step 5. Now rotate the paper 90º so that the scored lines are perpendicular to the lines on the score board. Check the template to find out where you need to score the “B” lines. For our envelope, we are going to score this side and the last remaining side at 3-1/4″.
When you are done with both sides, you will have a square that looks like this, with four score lines criss-crossing it. There will be four small triangles formed at the corners of all the score lines.
Step 8. Glue the bottom flap onto the side flaps with the paper glue of your choice. You can use a glue stick, but I used Fast Grab Tacky Glue.