Hello creative pen pals! Just popping in to share a very quick way to make your letter writing look a bit fancy. I rarely fancy up my actual letter - it's usually just writing on a nice piece of paper - but I LOVE to package up my pen pal letters and make them look pretty. One of my favourite things is to make a cardboard folder (like a book that opens) and attach my letter inside somehow. Sometimes I add machine stitched pockets, but today I adhered some little manila envelopes inside the folder and I thought you might like this idea too.
These folders are so fast to make and you can whip up a couple of them easily within half an hour. I would usually pop one of these in an A4 envelope to post, although if you made the folder a smidgen smaller, it would fit into an A5 envelope. Let's get started!
- 12" x 12" piece of cardstock - makes two folders. To make one folder you'll need a 12" X 6" piece.
- Double sided tape or a strong glue stick.
- Washi or decorative tape. If you don't have any pretty tape, you can just use a strip of patterned paper.
- Little alphabet stamps. If you don't have stamps, you can use alphabet stickers or just hand write the words.
- Stamp pad.
- Paper clip. It doesn't need to be fancy - just a plain paper clip is fine.
- Tiny manila envelopes - any size & these can usually be purchased from most newsagencies in their stationery section. They are really cheap!
- Air mail label - most good post offices will have these (they are lick & stick ones) and if you ask the post office lady/man nicely for a few to use on your overseas letters, they might give you a little stack of them. They are very cool to put on the front of the envelopes, but I also use them a lot to make my letters look pretty when I package them up.
Step 1: Gather the supplies and adhere a strip of washi tape along the outside 'flap' of each manila envelope, so that when you seal the envelope the washi tape will show.
Step 2: Add a second strip of washi tape to the back of the manila envelope. The front side will be adhered to the folder, so no need to use any there.
Step 3: Cut the 12"x 12" piece of cardstock in half - this will give you two pieces (measuring 12" X 6") incase you want to make two folders. Fold the piece of card in half, as shown in the above photo.
Step 5: Close the folder and adhere a third manila envelope onto the front left hand side - as shown in the above step photo.
Step 6: Think about the wording you would like to use on the front of each manila envelope and stamp this onto some scrap cardstock or paper. For my envelopes I chose the words - recipe, hello and for you.
Step 9: Add a couple of extra words on the inside of the folder - please write soon and enjoy were used here.
Step 10: Keep the folder closed with a paper clip, or even add a staple on the side if you're short on clips.
Righty-ho, I hope you enjoyed that mini tutorial. I'm about to match up more creative pen pals tonight - so be sure to check your inbox!
Looking for more pen pal tutorials? These might interest you:
- How to make glassine bags and what to put inside.
- First pen pal letter : what to write.
- 5 ways to present a pen pal letter.
- Make your own pen pal accents.
- DIY : Stitched stationery
- Origami cranes for pen pals.