by Heather Evans
With a little help from your kids, you can make your holiday cards stand out from the masses with easy-to-make (and easy to fund) homespun card envelopes.
Step 1: Gather your materials
- Any new or old holiday magazine (or newspaper!)
- Construction paper
Step 2: Choose your scene
Find your favorite page in the magazine and carefully rip it out. Remember, it doesn’t matter what’s on the other side of your page; it will be hidden.
Step 3: Fold and tape
Make sure your chosen side is face down on your workstation. Gently fold up the bottom end about 1 inch. Secure with tape. Next, fold in the right and left sides of your paper, about 2 inches each. You don’t need to secure this step with tape. Now, simply take the bottom of the page and fold it up, bringing it almost all the way to the top of the page. Just remember to leave about an inch fold-over room at the top so you can seal your envelope. Seal the sides with tape (or use glue if you have time to let it dry overnight).
Step 4: Stop to admire your handiwork
Step 5: Stuff it with love
Help your little ones write a special note to a friend or sibling on a sturdy piece of construction paper. Recipes for holiday cookies, holiday wish lists or Secret Santa notes are fun and memorable, too! Get as creative as you’d like. If necessary, trim off excess to make sure the note fits well.
Step 6: Adhere an address label
Glue an address label to the front using just a dab of glue. (It helps to write the name of the addressee before you glue it.) Don’t forget proper postage!
Step 7: Seal, send and make jolly
Seal the envelope with tape and send it on its merry way. Note: Jolly may be increased by having your child kiss his or her custom envelope before it goes in the mailbox.