Make your own one-of-a-kind envelopes!

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Send your cards and letters in style by making one-of-a-kind, colorful envelopes from paper you already have at home.

Before starting this activity, be sure to get permission and ask for help.

What You Need

  • Colorful pages from old calendars or magazines
  • Scissors
  • Card or letter (folded) that you wish to send
  • Tape
  • Scrap paper, white or other light-colored
  • Pen, pencil or crayon

What You Do

  1. Select the calendar or magazine page you wish to use for your envelope and cut the page into a square. Try to make the largest square possible.
  2. Center your card or folded letter on the back of the page. You want to put the best-looking side of the page face down.
  3. Fold the outside edges of the page (left and right) over the edges of your card or letter and crease the folds with your fingers. Continue by folding the bottom of the page up and over your card or letter.
  4. The bottom fold of your page should now overlap the folds on the outer edges. Where the page folds meet, secure with tape. Then, fold the top half of the page down to close your envelope and seal with tape.
  5. Cut two strips of white or other light-colored paper to use as address and return address labels for your envelope. Address labels will help your mail carrier find the addresses because your envelope is so colorful. After you've written on your labels, secure them to your envelope with tape.

Add a postage stamp and your envelope is ready to mail! You can also reuse many other household items for all kinds of projects. Check out other Rethink Recycling activities for more great ideas!

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