With the advancement in technology, ancient arts of handicrafts are only becoming authentic. This authenticity originates out of the time spent while creating… It stands for a personal and humble gesture as the most expensive thing you can give somebody is your time; even better is time spent innovatively to create something lasting, capturing, and enticing. The word ‘envelope’ comes to mind.

Why wouldn’t it? There are so many ways one can use an envelope – tucking-in a card, or a few currency notes to put a big smile on their face, sparking up the romance by bringing out the inner poet in you and the list goes on.

If you are here to master any one of these gestures, and more then you have come to the right place.

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And you must have heard of loose leaf papers?

They’re only the most convenient paper available in town. In case you don’t know what a loose leaf paper is, then hakuna matata (no worries) as we will guide you through the process, and provide you with various wondrous ways on how to make an envelope out of loose leaf paper.

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On Loose Leaf Paper: A Small Guide

Loose leaf papers are sheets of paper that are sold loosely and in sets. They are available in various sizes, including A4, A5 and A6 with the standard size being 10 x 8.5 inches.

They also come with punched holes, which makes it easier to do important office-related work, or classwork/ homework on them. The most commonly used loose leaf papers are the ones that have 3 or 6 holes.

The 6-holes punched loose leaf paper is mostly used as a journal while traveling, a diary entry, or a photo journal.

Loose leaf papers are best when used for paperwork that requires a tremendous amount of error correction, and updating or removing the sheets of paper from the stack of papers on a frequent basis until something solid and foolproof has been generated.

They can be bought online in packs on sites such as Amazon, and are easily available in stationery stores and other types of paper stores.

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Now that you know most of what is needed when it comes to loose leaf papers, let’s dive into the spectrum of orderliness and learn how to make an envelope with a loose leaf paper.

An Amateur’s Guide To Making Chic Envelopes

Here are various ways that can help you make envelopes the easy and simple way:

How to make an envelope with loose leaf paper without glue?

If you are new to this culturally vibrant field of origami or handicraft, then making an envelope is the best way to start. It is not only easy, but a blend of origami and handicrafts which gives it a unique personal appeal. Here’s a simple method to make an envelope from loose leaf paper:

  • Fold the bottom left corner of the loose leaf paper towards the edge such that it lines up to the side. Crease it. Now, unfold it and keep it flat on the table.
  • Repeat the same thing with the other corner, i.e., fold the bottom right corner of the loose leaf paper towards the opposite edge such that it lines up with the side. Crease it. Unfold it, and turn it over.
  • Press the intersection with the tip of your finger. The paper will pop up.
  • Now, fold the bottom side of the paper halfway through such that the intersection is on the fold. Crease it. Now, unfold the paper again. Eventually, you will observe a diamond-like form.
  • Press the intersection again so that the paper pops out.
  • Push the longer sides of the loose leaf paper in, along the horizontal crease. Flatten it, and crease it properly via applying pressure. It will give the paper an inverted hat-like structure.
  • Once the above step is done, fold the top layer of the top right vertice of the obtained inverted triangle toward the bottom, the midpoint. Crease it.
  • Repeat the step. Fold the top layer of the top left vertice to the same mid-point towards the bottom vertice.
  • Open it up from the middle crease, and tuck your finger inside the pocket-like space available. Push it in here and flatten the space out thereby making a square. Crease it.
  • Repeat the process on the other side of the loose leaf paper as well. Open the crease in the middle slightly, tuck your finger inside and flatten it.
  • Now, peel the top layer of the square thus obtained halfway towards the back such that it touches the bottom right vertice.
  • Repeat the process on the other side. Crease it.
  • You will find a tiny little flap in the middle. Fold it halfway through such that the tip touches the bottom. Crease it.
  • Now, flip the triangle of the bottom halfway through to the top. Now, tuck in over the excess towards the inside. This will form the base of your envelope. Crease properly.
  • On the right side of the half-mini-envelope, you will see a small triangle. Fold that entire edge along the edge towards the inside. This will cover up the mini-envelope.
  • Repeat the process on the other side.
  • Now, fold the top-right edge halfway to the center. Repeat the process on the other side.
  • Fold the final top-tip obtained and tuck it into the envelope. Your mini-envelope is ready!

Gift it! Or decorate your pinboard with it.

Here is a link to the YouTube video of a similar method to create an envelope out of loose leaf paper.

You can review it for further help and clarification as the process is almost similar to the method mentioned above.


If you would like, you can write your quote, poem, or an original song on loose leaf paper before turning it into an envelope and giving it to your loved one. Give your penmanship a go!

Easy Loose Leaf Paper Envelope Tutorial

If you are looking for something quick and simple, then go ahead and read this write-up. It will help you come up with a really easy method to make an envelope out of loose leaf paper within a minute:

  • Fold the upper top corners of the loose leaf paper towards the center. Ensure that you leave some space left at the top edge. Crease it properly to ensure rigidity.
  • Now, fold the rectangular paper left at the lower half. Fold it such that the edges reach the center.
  • Apply a glue stick along the edges of the envelope. Ensure that you fold the edges of the loose leaf paper accordingly.
  • Fold the top half of the envelope, that must appear similar to that of a triangle towards the center. This means that you need to take the top vertice of the triangle and fold it toward the center in order to make the flap of the envelope.
  • Now, stick glue on the upper edges of the triangle in order to make the top half of the envelope made out of loose leaf papers.
  • Tuck in your card/ letter/ poem, quote or the capital into the envelope and give it away as a personal and intimate gift.

We are sure your l;oved ones would be thrilled to come across a personally invested into gesture.

For more information related to how you can make an envelope out of loose leaf papers within 2 minutes, check out this YouTube channel.

It portrays the simplest ways to make envelopes out of loose leaf papers in a time-efficient manner. Go ahead and explore your kind of envelope!

How to make an envelope out of wrapping paper?

Don’t get us wrong, but as unique as envelopes are, they do not match up the variety of wrapping paper. Neon, paper, plastic, glitter and glam and what not!

Wrapping papers are available in all shapes and sizes for you to give a pinch of intimacy. In fact, the best part about making an envelope out of wrapping paper rather than loose leaf paper is the variety in which they are available.

Their patterns change with festivals and occasions, making your origami (at least in a way) ethereal. Now that’s something to think about, right?

So let’s learn how to make an envelope out of wrapping paper:

  • Let’s work on the template that we will do the rest of the work with. You must have a card you are looking to make an envelope for.
  • Ensure that the template you are cutting out is the size of the card. For this purpose, you need to put the card on the wrapping paper and pen out a stencil sketch of the card. Traditionally, it would be rectangular or square in nature with varying dimensions.
  • After you are done with this, draw a diagonal crossing the top left and bottom right vertices of the rectangular/ square obtained.
  • Now, figure out the midpoints of the rectangle/ square thus obtained. Using a pencil, connect these two midpoints. While you are at ir, mark the midpoints of the other two sides as well.
  • Now, mark an edge about 0.5 cms from all of these midpoints on either side. This will give you two vertices that need to be connected via an M-like shape. Connect them.
  • After you have connected these midpoints, trim off the triangle thus formed.
  • You should roughly get a square with easily foldable envelope sides.
  • Fold the rightmost and the leftmost edge of the square thus obtained towards the center. Now, fold the bottommost edge towards the center. This will give you the bottom half of the envelope.
  • Now, fold the top half triangle available and tuc its bottom vertice inside the envelope. This will give you the chic and customizable (especially during festivals) envelope made out of gift wrapping paper.

If you are still a little concerned about whether you have got this right, then go on and check out the YouTube link attached below. It is a similar strategy applied to the creation of the eloquent envelope made out of wrapping paper.

How to make an envelope out of 8.5 X 11 inches paper?

Well, to be honest, the easiest and most durable sort of paper while making an envelope is the loose leaf paper. Since the standard available size when it comes to loose leaf papers is 11 x 8.5 inches, there are various ways through which you can make an envelope out of them.

Here is an haute-couture way to make an envelope out of an 8.5 x 11 inches loose leaf paper:

  • Get the 11 x 8.5 inch loose leaf paper available, or cut it exactly into half if you would like a smaller envelope.
  • Fold the paper in half. You should get a rectangle half the size of the original rectangle available.
  • Now, tape together the open sides of the rectangle available. These would ideally be the left and right edges of the thus obtained rectangle.
  • Now, fold down the top flap into a linear line, thus making the flap of the envelope made out of a loose leaf paper. It would work if the flap is about ½ an inch long.
  • This will leave an elongated p[ocket like space in the middle. You can use that space to insert the letter/ or other materials you would like to deliver.
  • Close the flap, scribble their name on the front and viola! The loose leaf paper turned into a designer envelope is ready.

How to make envelopes out of cardstock?

Personalized note cards have always made a certain someone feel special. Well, lucky for you homemade note cards can be made in almost any pattern and color available.

Mix and match according to the occasion and pep-up your gifts a lil bit. Here’s how:

  • Determine the size of the card, and envelope. Ideally, a 3.5 by 5 inches envelope is used for notes and letters occupy the space made available by a 4 ⅛ and 9 ½ inch size.
  • It is recommended for you to make your own template. The easiest way to achieve that would be to take an envelope and pull it apart. The deconstructed envelope thus obtained would include the envelope body and the flaps for the purpose of gluing.
  • Trace this deconstructed envelope on the piece of available cardstock. A thick paper used for the template would make for a more robust template.
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  • Select a colored piece of paper, or any pattern that you would like on the piece of cardstock.
  • Use a pair of scissors to cut out this piece of colored envelope.
  • Crease one of the edges of the envelope inward using a ruler for accuracy. Apply pressure evenly to ensure that the flap thus made is easily folded and unfolded.
  • Repeat this process for all the sides of the envelope.
  • Ensure that they are properly creased and folded.
  • Repeat this process on the opposite sides of the rectangle first, and then the bottom.
  • Apply strong glue to the right and right edges of the bottom-most flap, and crease it inwards on top of the right and left flaps of the envelope.
  • Allow the glue to dry and your personalized handmade envelope is ready to use!

Moreover, you can also use loose leaf papers instead of cardstock papers. The only difference between a cardstock paper and a looseleaf paper is that loose leaf papers are thinner than their counterpart.

Cardstock paper is available in a thicker material, which makes the envelopes constructed out of them more rigid.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make a large envelope?

You can make a large envelope in a similar way as you would make an envelope out of a cardstock or a 11 x 8.5 inches loose leaf paper. All you would have to do is deconstruct an envelope depending on the size you would like it in and trace it on a large sheet of paper. Cut out this template, fold the edges and your envelope is ready for use.

How to make a small envelope out of paper?

The best way to make a small envelope out of a loose leaf paper is through the craft of origami. You can go ahead and watch this YouTube video for clarification regarding how to go about making an envelope out of loose leaf paper.


We have shown you various ways of making an envelope out of loose leaf paper.

You might have your unique way of making an envelope.

You can visit Wikihow to learn how to make a Note into an Envelope.

If you want others to learn about your envelope making craft, you can leave the description in the comment section. We will try to work on it and include it in our article on How to make an Envelope out of Loose Leaf Paper when we next update it.


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