Pen Pal Activities for Kids

Fancy Envelopes

Fancy envelope pattern.
Fancy envelope pattern.
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Make your own fancy envelopes to send letters or artwork to your friends and family.

What You'll Need:

  • 9×12-inch piece of cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Blunt scissors
  • 9×12-inch piece of medium-weight paper
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Draw the envelope pattern shown here on a piece of cardboard. Cut out the pattern.

Step 2: Trace the pattern on a piece of medium-weight paper. Cut out the envelope and fold it along the lines indicated on the illustration.

Step 3: Glue all edges except for the top flap. Place your letter or picture in the envelope and seal the top flap. Now you're ready to send your letter.

You can make even fancier envelopes using a magazine picture or your own artwork--make sure it's at least 9×12 inches, though.

Just trace the envelope pattern on the back side of the magazine picture or your artwork. Fold and glue your fancy envelope as described above. Stick on two white mailing labels for the return and the sender addresses, and it's ready to go.

Once you get the hang of this, you can design your own pattern for specialty envelopes of a different size.

Now that you've made an envelope, why not try your hand at a personalized postcard? Keep reading to find out how.

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