One of a Kind Gift Envelopes

One of my favorite things to create is to come up with unique ways to give the gift of tickets, money, or photos into the design of the envelope I am placing the gift in.

Why be ordinary, when with a little bit of time, ingenuity, and a trip to your craft cabinet you can enhance the ordinary into something special and truly unique.  I have found that when I add a handmade touch to the gifts I give, it makes them all that more appealing to the receiver.

My illustrations below are just some of the ways I have personalized gift envelopes that I have given to my family and friends over the years.

I have made each one of these in the past, but never took photos of them before I gave them away.

These illustrations have been created from my memory.  I hope they inspire you to come up with some ideas of your own to give your family and friends that they will not only love and remember, but perhaps cherish for a long time.

Make a template 1,2,3… 

Open an existing envelope and lay it on the wrong side of the paper you want to make an envelope out of.  Trace around it, then cut it out with scissors. Form new envelope by following the folds of the original one.  Glue bottom flap with a glue stick.


Take Me Out to the Ballgame

When giving tickets to a sporting event or concert, find an old telephone book.  There is usually a section in the front detailing local attractions that include color diagrams of seating charts for stadiums in the area.

Use a color copier to enlarge these diagrams to the required size envelope.  Highlight the seats of the tickets you are giving as the gift.

Achoo! –  I love old floral hankies as they are so colorful and include marvelous detail.  I arrange my template so that the most distinctive part of the hankie is on the flap or on one side of the front.

Enlarge a favorite on a color copier to give to a girl friend filled with spring seeds, or and invitation to have lunch together.

You’ve Got to Play to Win – Put non-winning lottery tickets to good use.  Glue them onto a sheet of card-stock, overlapping the edges of the tickets.

Laminate with a self-laminating sheet, then trace a template to the wrong side and cut out.  Instead of a sealed closure, hot glue two gold buttons, one on the flap and one directly underneath it on the body of the envelope.  Wrap dental floss around the buttons to close.

You can also do this with play money you can buy at the dollar store.

Be a Cut-Up !– Cut out an envelope template from a paper grocery bag.   I love various typefaces and lettering and have a folder of great looking fonts, decorative letters from newspaper and magazine copy.  I have an envelope I collect them in.

Find the letters and designs you want and cut and paste the old fashioned way onto the envelope.

 Improve Someones’s Vocabulary  Enlarge a dictionary definition on a photocopier that is suitable to the occasion.  Center on the template.


All Prepped Out –  I once wanted to make a plaid envelope in which to send a holiday card.  I could not find any I liked so I took one of my husband’s plaid shirts and made a color copy onto card-stock.  I hot glued an earring that lost its mate as a sparkly embellishment.

Envelopes--3-editAnything Goes – Photocopy just about anything – a map, a group of family photos, wallpaper, and old album cover, or sheet music of a favorite recording artist.

If you are looking for more envelope ideas, check out my other posts:

DIY: Embellished Paper Envelopes to use to give gift cards

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  1. Hi, as I am thumbing through the book More Creative Lettering, by Jenny Doh, I see some of your font styles starting on p. 60. Sadly, several small case letters are cut off. I’m wondering if you could send me the full upper and lower case alphabets with the little stripes. I’m starting a project that my son-in-law asked me to create for his mother.

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  3. Thanks again for linking up to the Pretty Packages Party. I featured your adorable envelopes. Be sure to stop by and grab a button!

  4. Cindy Hazelwood says:

    Oh what an absolutely darling idea! I love it. I am a big fan of the photocopier for inventive projects. Bravo!

    1. Hi Cindy-

      I always wished to have a photocopier in my home that enlarged and reduced images easily. I do most of that at a local copy shop or on the machine where I work.

  5. These are adorable! I’m so glad you joined the party!

  6. Wow, not one but like a dozen ideas here. I especially like the dictionary idea. You could make that work for anything. I also like to tie my packaging into the gift inside. I am visiting via Blackberry Vine.
    I would be flattered if you would also link this post to Motivated Monday at Becolorful.
    Again, love it,

  7. Cherry Kay says:

    Great ideas! I’m particularly fond of the photocopy of the vintage handkerchief…I can put that one to good use! Thank you for sharing your charming projects. Cherry Kay

  8. Christine says:

    Hi Diane,
    I love all of these unique ideas…the one with the hankies will be especially good since I have several of my mom’s tucked away. Now I can “share” them and keep them as well:)

  9. Respectfully Yours says:

    Love it. Just popped by from SITS. Pop by for a visit, love to hear from you.

  10. These are super cute…

    Thanks for joining Get your Craft on Thurs. Please join me next week for another great party.


  11. pk @ Room Remix says:

    I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  12. Great idea and so cute to show all the different examples.

  13. what a cute idea! very creative – i can’t tell you the last time i actually paid for a card, especially since they are 3 dollars adn more these days – i always make my own – adding the envelope will be just the right touch!

  14. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Sooooo creative…luv them! Hope you have a great weekend!


  15. Very cute–thanks for linking up! I love the idea of using a hankie!

  16. Oh my gosh…so cute. These are really fantastic. I love your colors, patterns, and fonts. I am so going to do this!
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