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DIY: Envelopes from Magazine pages

I’m a re-user. I have stacks of things that otherwise might look like trash, but when I look at them I see future gifts of joy! Something I have in excess is a stack of pages ripped from magazines. I learned long ago that with a little freezer paper you could have adorable one-of-a-kind envelopes!

If you search for tutorials on how to make envelopes you will find simple ones with paper, and cool things you can do with tissue + freezer paper. I’ve combined all the tutorials on envelope making and come up with the following for magazine pages.

First of all, I would like to state up front that I do not have an ironing board at this time. I have made these tons of times in the past and I assure you your results with a proper ironing board will look much better.

As you can see, my ironing board is a chair. A chair, by the way, I ruined. I do not recommend this method. Find a better make shift ironing board.

You will need:

  • iron & ironing board
  • magazine pages
  • freezer paper
  • envelope
  • card stock
  • scissors, pencil, glue/tape

Step 1: Choose your pages and cut a matching piece of freezer paper the same size as your magazine page.

Step 2: Place the shiny side of the freezer paper to the back of the magazine page. Iron firmly from the freezer paper’s rough side. Try to pick up the iron and press firmly on the paper as opposed to sliding.

When you’re done you should have some sturdy magazine pages:

Step 3: Unseal the envelope and trace onto cardstock.

Cut out the cardstock template you just created.

Step 4: Trace the template onto the back of your magazine pages.

Step 5: Fold all edges.

Step 6: Most people like to glue the sides of their envelopes closed. I’ve had envies dry closed for me, so I no longer use glue. I put tape on the small flaps and push the bottom firmly closed.

When I’m done I wind up with this:

Once I have my letter written and inside, I just tape the entire open flap closed. I haven’t had any issues with them arriving in one piece.

I use large white stickers (like large labels from the office section) to write the address on the front.

I hope you enjoy your new envelopes! Go off and write some letters to brighten someone’s day!




  1. This is such a creative project. The envelopes are so vintage. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  2. like the way you use a few steps for it to make…I will remember these steps if have to make
    Gift Card envelopes .

  3. Now that`s called creativity to convert junk into master pieces, do you have any idea related to Plastic cards

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