ENVELOPE MAKING MATERIALS - Calendars, Road Maps, Blueprints, Wallpaper, Heavy Gift Wrap, Topographic Maps
SUGGESTED SOURCES FOR ENVELOPE MAKING MATERIALS - Home, Workplace, USGS, Architectural Firms, Friends (old calendars, posters, etc.), Merchants (free calendars), Recycle Center, Home decorating stores.
PATTERNS - Gently pull apart envelopes from bills, greeting cards, note cards stationery, etc. Use as many different sizes as possible. Carefully trace around envelope onto a medium-weight card stock such as an old file folder, calendar cover, or atlas cover. Cut out pattern.
ENVELOPES - Trace around pattern on REVERSE SIDE of envelope material. Generally you'll want to use the largest pattern that will fit the envelope area. Use a dark marker so you can easily see, but make sure it's compatible with the envelope material (i.e., a Sharpie on this map paper will bleed through.) Carefully cut out the envelope. Using ruler or straight-edge as a guide, fold side flaps in, then bottom flap, then top flap. Make sharp creases. Glue side edges of bottom flap to side flaps.
SPECIAL NOTES - Careful cutting and sharp creasing make a more professional-looking envelope. Make sure your pattern is right side up on the picture! Find scissors that are sharp but easy to use for close cutting (less tiring on the hand.) Generally you don't need to worry about trying to position the pattern on a picture; in most cases the envelope comes out beautifully! Watch out for holes in the tops of calendar pictures. Yes, you CAN send your envelopes these through the US mail. Use address labels and self stick stamps. Special Thanks to VCRS - Valley Community for Recycling Solutions in Palmer Alaska www.valleyrecycling.org for this excellent idea!