Monday, 23 September 2013


Envelopes are boring, but they don’t have to be! I love decorating envelopes. It’s mediative and you can easily do this while you’re watching something on the television and not necessary for a specific snailmail. I often make a few in advance and just leave the address and sender space empty. Here are a few examples for inspiration.

This is fun, you don’t have to be an artist and if you like, you can even trace or copy something.
My favorite tool to draw with is a pilot fineliner, but you can use whatever you like.
Materials used: Pilot fineliner, markers.

You can keep it simple, like a little animals with a text-cloud for the address.

Or draw a landscape. 

These are one of my favorites to do. Just draw lines across the 
envelope and start filling them with lines, little drawings, color them, etcetera.

Or you can fill the whole envelope with a pattern.

Another fun way to decorate envelopes is with scrap paper. This will also make them sturdier (which is always a good thing!). Depending on what you do, it’s wise to put wide transparent tape over it (which also makes it reusable), or borders around the outlines of the envelope, to be sure it won’t come off during transport.
Materials used: Pages from Flow magazine, kraft and white paper.

What I often do, is tearing pages from magazines into strips. Preferably ones with lots of
color and no letter (or just text, that also looks nice! Just turn it upside down, so it looks
more like a texture than text you should read).

You can also cut out shapes, like flower peddles.

Do you have lots of little pieces, left over from creating another envelope?
You can use them to create a patchwork.

Also nice: combining drawing and scrap paper. In stead of coloring, use scrap paper.

You can buy them pretty much everywhere. Some cheap, some expensive. Just make sure, when you buy them, they’re a good quality, this way you can use them as long as you like. It’s also a good idea to buy various colored ink pads.
Materials used: Kitty stamps from Nikki Dotti and color stamps from Hema.

Keep it simple, just put one stamp or a border of 2 designs on the envelope.

Go nuts! Stamp various designs over each other, preferably different colors and fill the envelope.

So this isn’t very innovative, everyone has probably done this at least once,
but it felt wrong not to mention it. We all love our masking tape! ^_^
Materials used: Masking/deco/washi tape from various shops.

You can fill the whole, half, one side of the envelope, or how much
you like with the tape. Use various colors or just one.

Combine scrap paper with masking tape. This will keep the scrap
paper better on the envelope and it just looks fun!

And last, but certainly not least: use everything!
Glue scrap paper, decorate with tape, stamp here and there and add little drawings.
Materials used: pretty much all my supplies.

I hope you're feeling inspired and are grabbing your supplies right now! :)


  1. What a great and inspiring update! Can't wait for the next spare half an hour to start writing and decorating letters!

  2. Yes, I did feel inspired! Lovely ideas!

  3. Hello, love your ideas!
    I linked to your blog in my latest blogpost!!

  4. thanks for all these beautiful ideas !

  5. Wonderful ideas! Can't wait to try them and surprise my friends! Thanks for the motivation!

  6. The postal workers here in my country would probably have a fit! haha...