Homemade Envelopes

Homemade envelope – front

Homemade envelope – back

Everyone loves the sincerity and personalization of a homemade card, and with all that time, energy, and effort put into it, don’t you think it deserves an envelope as well? Here I’m going to show to you how to easily create a beautiful, personalized envelope.

Supplies you’ll need:

  1. Thicker paper for your envelope (I used an old piece of thick wrapping paper. As you can see it doesn’t have to be in top condition)
  2. Scissors
  3. Tape
  4. Ruler
  5. Pencil
  6. Glue stick
  7. Internet
  8. Printer

Step ONE
Find a printable envelope template website such as this one.

Step TWO
Download the template of the desired size and shape envelope.
You’ll notice that the envelope template size is too large to print one one standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of printing paper. Follow along for the solution.

 

Step THREE
Open template in “Preview” mode on you computer. (If you used the website I provided the template should already be open in “Preview.”)
Click the “Rectangular Selection” tool and select the left portion of the envelope on the screen.

Step FOUR
Using your keyboard shortcut tools, hold down “Command” and click “c” to copy selected portion of the template.
Next, hold down “Command” and click “n” to open the copied selected portion of the template in a new window.

Step FIVE
Hold down “Command” and click “p” to print selected portion of the template. Before printing, make sure to click the scale image option (not scale to fit page) and type in “100%.” Print page.

Step SIX
Repeat steps three to five but select the right portion of the envelope instead of the left.
Make sure to overlap the selections a bit in the middle for template constructing purposes.

  

Step SEVEN
Align the two printouts and cut off the majority of ONE of the overlapping sides.

 

Step EIGHT
Tape the two sides together. With a ruler measure to make sure envelope template it is the correct width.

 

Step NINE
Cut out template.

Step TEN
Tace template on the wrong side of the thick paper.

Step ELEVEN
Using a ruler and a pencil, connect the sides of the envelope where the flaps are located for easier folding.

Step TWELVE
Cut out envelope.

Step THIRTEEN
Fold all four flaps of the envelope. Glue the bottom flap to the two side flaps with a glue stick making sure not to glue the envelope closed.

  

Step FOURTEEN
You’re done! You just made a homemade envelope for your beautiful homemade card/gift card/store bought card you wanted to jazz up.
Be sure to keep the template you printed out and taped together for future use!

 

 

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Easily Turn Flair Jeans into Bootcut or Skinny Jeans

Easily turn flair jeans into bootcut or skinny jeans

You know that giant pile of jeans in your closet? You know how you only wear four of them? Well that can change! In this useful post I’m going to show you how to turn your old flair jeans into fashionable bootcut or skinny jeans.

Supplies you’ll need:

  1. Flair jeans (Can be old or can be purchased for cheap at a second hand store)
  2. Sewing machine
  3. Thread (Close to the color of your jeans)
  4. Scissors
  5. Pincushion & pins

Step ONE
Put on jeans inside out. Pull outer fabric on ONE leg to the desired fit (bootcut, skinny, somewhere in-between, etc., don’t worry about the other leg yet).
Pin along outside of leg to desired fit.

Step TWO
Take off jeans and lay them on the floor or table. Make sure all pins are aligned following a smooth line (not necessarily straight).

Step THREE
Sew along pin line starting at the top where the pins begin to the bottom of the jean leg.

Step FOUR
Try on jeans inside out again and see if it fits how you intended. If necessary, take off jeans and make adjustments with the sewing machine.
(Remember, if doubtful start off sewing the jean leg wider/bigger than you think it should be. It’s much easier to sew the leg smaller than rip seams and start over.)

Step FIVE
Fold jeans in half (the sewn leg right above the non-sewn one). Fold back sewn leg where the stitch line is. Pin along the stitch line on the non-sewn leg (to match the stitch line of the sewn leg).

Step SIX
Sew along the pin line and try on the jeans again. Make adjustments if necessary.

Step SEVEN
Cut slack off each jean leg along stitch line.
(Make sure not to get too close or the stitches may pull and unravel.)

Step EIGHT
Put on jeans and you’re done! You just turned your old jeans into a pair you’ll finally wear. Now go out and show them off!

 

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Mason Jar Matchbox

Mason Jar Matchbox

How to make a matchbox out of a Mason jar

I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily make a matchbox out of a Mason jar. I say matchbox because not only does the mason jar serve as an alternative, more attractive holder for the matchsticks, but it includes the match striking paper as well.

No strike anywhere matches needed!

This craft is floating all around the Internet, (I originally found it on The Burlap Bag blog via Pinterest). The only problem I found was that strike anywhere matches are needed, and much more difficult to find than normal strike-on-the-box matches. Inspired to figure out a way to use strike-on-the-box matches, I came up with this quick craft.

Supplies you’ll need:

  1. Strike on the box matches (Can be found at Meijer, Target, etc. Mine are from the lawn and garden section of Meijer)
  2. Small Mason jar (8-12 oz) (Can be found at craft stores or in bulk at Meijer, Target etc. Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
  3. Pencil
  4. Scissors
  5. Card stock or thick paper (preferably colorful) (Can be found at craft stores, paper stores, etc.)
  6. Anything you want to decorate your Mason jar with (ribbon, glue, etc.)

Supplies

Step ONE
Cut match striking paper from box.

Step TWO
Cut match striking paper in half.

Step THREE
Take match striking paper pieces and fit them into the lid side-by-side. (No need to glue.)

Step FOUR
Fold the card stock in half, trace the mason jar lid with a pencil, and cut out the circle.
(When you trace, be sure to trace a little off of the folded edge so that the circle is still folded after being cut.)

Step FIVE
Lightly place cut out card stock into lid. (No need to glue.)

Step SIX (If you’re not decorating the mason jar, skip to step 8)
Decorate however you like! I chose a ribbon, and because it was thick I folded and glued it into a rod-like shape. I then wrapped it around the mason jar, gluing as I went.
(For glue I chose fast grab tacky glue because it dries extremely fast and I’m a little impatient sometimes.)

Step SEVEN 
If you want to add a bow cut off a small strip of ribbon (make sure to use sharp scissors). Fold into a bow. Glue the bow on top of the ugly seam of the ribbon previously wrapped around the mason jar.
(Using a toothpick, I like to put a little drop of glue inside the knot of each bow to ensure it won’t come apart.)

Step EIGHT
Add both lids to your jar and you’re done! Use it for yourself in your home or pair it with a beautiful candle for a homemade gift— whatever you want!

Mason Jar Matchbox

 

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