DIY Printable Mini Money Envelope Tutorial and Free Template August 14 2014, 2 Comments

Growing up I was always given tiny red envelopes ("lai see" in Chinese). These were given out on birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions and always contained money. "Lai see" envelopes are almost always red with gold foil, but every once in awhile I would score a cute Hello Kitty one. I always wished they would have more fun and modern designs available. Well, instead of wishing, why not just make my own? Brilliant!

If you are a stationery and paper fanatic like me, I am sure you have saved scraps of cute art paper and wrapping paper piled up because you are sure will find a use for it someday. Well, that day is today! Today I have an easy DIY mini envelope tutorial for you. I'm sure you have all the supplies you need already at home, and within minutes you can have a finished product. These can be used to gift money, hold a tiny note, or adorn a present. Possibilities are endless!

You will need:

- Envelope Template 

- Card stock

- Decorative Paper

- Pencil

- Scissors

- Glue 

Download the envelope template here, print it on to the card stock and cut around the solid lines. 

 Next, place the template on to your paper of choice trace around the edges. Cut out the paper, then make your folds.

Put a tiny amount of glue where the flaps overlap and press it in to place. Make sure not to use too much glue or it will squish out and be a mess. Let the glue dry and voila! You are done! How easy was that? Now you have your very own handmade envelopes. You can get creative with the paper you use. Decorative and wrapping papers work great, but you can even use magazine pages, old calendars, or regular printer paper. For one of my envelopes I used graph paper and decorated it with washi tape before cutting and folding.

I hope you have fun with these. Let me know what papers you use. I'd love to hear how they turned out!