Make a handmade thankyou card and envelope

handmade envelopes Whenever you want to say a special thank you, or even send a love letter, these handmade envelopes will make it really special and unique.

These handmade envelopes are really easy to make and are based on a simple origami technique. You can use any paper, but I suggest using paper with a pattern or colour on both sides.


Step-by-step instructions are given below:

You will need:

  • craft paper with a pattern on both sides
  • ribbon (optional)
  • strips of paper (optional)
  • Que Sera Sera Grand Adhesions: Floral dimensional stickers (optional)
  • eyelets or grommets and eyelet tool (optional)
  • embossing tool (optional)
  • rubber stamps (optional)

Step 7

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Fold the other side in so it looks like this from the top.


24 Comments on Make a handmade thankyou card and envelope

  1. nancy
    February 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for this tutorial!

    I’m looking forward to trying these envelopes out with anything; newspaper, wrapping paper..anything I can find lol!
    In perfect timing as I have a lot of letters to send off in the post and normal envies look so boring.

    Nancy x

    • artydash
      February 6, 2011 at 10:50 am (7 years ago)

      Hi Nancy,

      That’s great! They are quite easy to do once you get the hang of it.

      Diane x

  2. Molly
    May 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm (7 years ago)

    This is just so neat! I love the papers you used in your tutorial. I especially love the purple and gold pattern. Where exactly can I get something like that? I looked on both websites you referred but I couldn’t find anything like that. If you could let me know, I’d appreciate it! Thanks!

    • artydash
      May 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Molly,

      Yes the purple and gold paper is lovely. I got it from Paperchase, Tottenham Court Road, London, UK. Unfortunately, they don’t sell it online, which is why I didn’t include a link, but you can check out their website:

  3. Hina Rabbani
    August 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I tried it and it was fantastic I will rate 1234567890 for it.thats good nancy yes and i do appreciate that the gold and purple envelope is lovely but i like the pinf envelope most.i love it.I think i know how to make 10 different boxes out of paper.I love the crafts of it is quite easy once you get hang of it just like artydash said.

  4. Hina Rabbani
    August 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow artydash i visted http:/ and i got to see many new thats a really cooll envelope
    Hina Rabbani–

  5. Hina Rabbani
    August 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Ilove the ribbons you used . Where exacty can I buy them? If you would let me know i would really appreciate that. Nancy could you please tell me where are you from?

    • artydash
      August 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm (6 years ago)

      I re-used ribbons I’d got from presents I received.

  6. Hina Rabbani
    August 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm (6 years ago)

    Could any body say me from where can i buy those beautiful shiny stickers?do they sell them online?If you would let me know i would really appreaciate that
    Hina Rabbani

    • artydash
      August 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

      They are listed above at the top of the post. You can buy them online.

  7. Hina Rabbani
    September 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm (6 years ago)


    • Diane
      September 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes that’s right. They are all made by me

  8. Yanee
    March 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm (6 years ago)

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks so much! Just a quick question though. I want to send a card which is 6″ by 6″, a square. What will the dimension be of the paper used for the envelope?

    • Diane
      March 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi, I’ve been thinking about this, and sorry but I can’t work it out. My maths isn’t that good. I’ve always made the envelope first and then the card to fit it. D

  9. zoelynn
    April 24, 2012 at 7:15 am (6 years ago)

    I enjoyed you video, and I made two of your cords and took them to a friend in the hospital…continue to teacher others with your talent, and you’ll never know whose life you’ll touch…thanks again..

    • Diane
      April 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed making the envelope as much as I did creating the tutorial. Hope your friend is OK. Diane.

  10. Carol
    June 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm (6 years ago)

    Diane, Thank you, thank you!!! You have made this ageless envelope making look so easy and it is so easy! I’ve been making this for over 20 years and your take is the ultimate supreme, simplest, quickest, least difficult way to create this envelope card. I remember the first time I saw it in a craft magazine…took many, many times through before it even looked good. ‘Impressed’ and happy! Best Wishes for continued success!

    • Diane
      June 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment. I enjoyed making it. I’m working on a book at the moment Afternoon Tea for Crafty Cooks which is going to feature the envelope to make invitations. It’s nice to have good feedback and motivates me to finish the book. Best wishes to you too, Diane

  11. shilpa
    July 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm (5 years ago)

    just loved the way u made the envelope!!!!
    would like to learn how to make boxes for chocolates or jewellery. if u could help me.

    • Diane
      July 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm (5 years ago)

      I have some projects in the future showing how to make gift boxes. Keep checking on my website or sign up for the newsletter. Thanks, Diane

  12. melissa
    September 12, 2012 at 5:36 am (5 years ago)

    awesome i love these envelopes it really taught me alot but i have one question where do u get that paper?

    • Diane
      September 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm (5 years ago)

      I bought the paper from Paperchase, Tottenham Court Road, London. I’ve tried to find it online, but so far I haven’t found it.

      Thanks for your comment and if you ever go to London I reccommend a visit to the Paperchase store.

  13. Camila
    December 18, 2012 at 4:52 am (5 years ago)

    🙂 I took a long time but I get it! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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