How to Make Stationery

Recycled Material Envelopes
Position the paper lengthwise and fold up the bottom four inches.
Position the paper lengthwise and fold up the bottom four inches.

Here's a fun kids' paper craft that makes use of all those printed materials that add up around the house.

What You'll Need:

  • Variety of printed materials (such as maps, placemats, brochures, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Clear tape

How to Make Recycled Material Envelopes:

Step 1: If the printed document is much larger than an average sheet of paper, cut it down into a rectangle shape (longer on one side, shorter on the other). A sheet of notebook paper (8-1/2x11 inches) is a good size to practice with.

Step 2: Pick which side you want to be on the outside of your envelope. Lay that side face down, and position the paper so that the longer side goes from left to right.

Step 3: Fold up the bottom four inches of the paper and crease well. Then fold the sides over about half an inch, using tape to seal them in place.

Fold the sides over about half an inch and seal them closed with tape.

Step 4: After you've written a letter and put it inside, close and seal the remaining flap.

After you put your letter inside, fold down the remaining flap and seal. Address and stamp your envelope and drop it in the mail!

Put the postage, the address you're sending the letter to, and your return address on the other side of the envelope. Use address labels if your envelope is too dark to read easily or is difficult to write on.

Do your kids have a few "thank you" cards to write? Make it fun by creating your own unique greeting cards and envelopes in the next section.

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