It struck me a few weeks ago, when I was thinking about this month's Golden Theme: Be Grateful, that really Thanksgiving should be the time of year when we give our friends Valentines. It should be the time of year when we stop to thank those around us for being awesome.
I wanted to make some extra special Thanksgiving cards to let my friends know how grateful I am to have them in my lives. Ladies, you know who you are, spoiler alert coming up. If you want to be surprised, stop reading now.
Alright. I really just wanted to make my own thank you note, but I wanted it to be extra special. Here's how they turned out:
I knew as soon as I saw this paper that it was made for my DIY Thank You project.
In this tutorial, I'm going to walk you through how to make your own envelope. I made it out of the awesome glitter paper, but you can use these steps to make an envelope out of any paper you'd like.
+Paper of your choosing for envelopes
+Super Tape. This will work for anything, but you especially need it if you're working with the glitter paper.
+Bone Folder (this is good anytime you're working with folds that need creasing)
+my favorite heart punch (we used these for our wedding invitations)
+12" by 12" medium width chipboard
+colored paper (to fill in the heart hole you're going to punch out)
+taperunner. This one's my fave.
+thank you stamp and ink pad
+gold glitter tape (so pretty, but a bit of a pain to use)
+A2 cards and 1 A2 envelope
Step 1. I took an A2 size papersource envelope and carefully took it a part so that I could use it as a template. I then traced around the outside of the envelope onto the chipboard and then cut out the shape.
There's your template. The great thing about this is that it's sturdy enough that you can reuse it.
Step 2. Next up you use the template to trace on the non-glitter side of the paper. I wanted to make 12 cards, and the paper more than covered that with a little leftover. I probably could have fit 18 max.
Step 3. Once you've cut out each of the envelopes, you can start folding. I used the bone folder to help get nice crisp folds: Put the point towards the top. That will be the envelope closing flap. Start from the bottom and fold up. Then fold each side wing in towards the center.
While holding the bottom flap in place, I placed a piece of tape on the bottom of each of the side flaps.
and then I carefully, folded up the bottom flap.
Lastly, I folded over the flap and sealed the crease with the bone folder.
and tah dah! DIY glitter envelopes:
My birthday twin and I must have been on the exact same wavelength (as usual). I loved Tiffany's post this week about stopping to tell those we love why we're grateful for them, and I was inspired to add 10 reasons I was grateful for each friend to the back of each card.
Are you doing anything special for your friends and family this thanksgiving to show them your gratitude?