I am so excited to kick off our weekend guest posts with Monica, from the wonderfully creative blog, The Homespun Heart. I consider Monica to be one of my dearest blogging friends and an inspiration to me to be a more creative mother. I do hope that you will check out her amazing blog!
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This is one of my all time favorite craft projects to do! An hour or two spent making cards and envelopes is really fun for me.
I start with plain 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. I really like this brand from Michael’s. They have a package of 50 sheets (which makes 100 cards) on sale periodically for $1.99 making it very inexpensive to make these cards! I have never tried the pre-cut paper, but my sister loves it – so whatever works best for you!
I slice the paper in half on a paper trimmer. Then, I fold each half in half again which makes your blank cards. Simply choose any photo you want to put on the front and attach with double-stick tape. I used to love using glue sticks – but have found the results with double-stick tape to be much better. Even though the tape is more expensive, I think it is worth it!
To make the envelope, select one full page photo from a magazine. Either take apart an envelope you already have that is the right size or print this template. Use template as a pattern and cut out the envelope. Fold side edges in first, then fold bottom flap up. Attach with double-stick tape. Fold top flap down – done!
To mail, tape back closed and use a label on the front for addressing. I love giving a stack of these for a gift, and you can see more of that in the related links below.
There is a step-by-step photo tutorial that I did a year ago, the links are below listed as Steps 1-4.
Here are some previous posts about this very topic:
Gifts for Nursery Volunteers
Monica is a stay at home mom to three little ones ages 3, 2 and 6 months! She loves to bake, offer hospitality, create fun memories for family and friends and is an avid crafter! She also loves blogging at The Homespun Heart!