How to Make a String Tie Envelope {DIY}

         

Every letter, message, doodle, or card that has been given to me is safely tucked away in two shoe boxes deep in my closet. Some call me a pack rat, but I find this label a bit over-determined. I think the trade off of reserving a good size of precious closet space for boxes of paper is a no brainer. Yes, I collect old crinkled paper. And yes, I do have some conception of modern technology. But, I find the unique trace of hand written letters to be so intricately packed with meaning, so artful. I am a self proclaimed sentimentalist. Despairingly though, this art of letter writing is lost.

So, I’ve decided to join the crusade in Keeping the Memories Alive by resurrecting the appeal of letter writing!

Instead of stuffing mail in a boring standard envelope, consider following this tutorial to create a lovely little shelter for your sacred thoughts. This string tie envelope is a quick project, and you probably already have all of the supplies around the house.

You will need:

               

String Tie Envelope Tutorial:

               

1. Fold two ends of paper in toward the center; allow one side to overlap by about a quarter inch.

2. Fold both the bottom and top parts down about 2 inches.

3. Unfold steps one and two, and starting at the crease where the two folds intersect, use a ruler (optional, if you want straight lines) to draw slight diagonals in toward the edge of the paper.

4. Cut the paper along the previously drawn lines.    

5. Once cut, it should resemble a plus sign as seen above.

6. Fold the thicker sides in first, along the already creased edge, with the overlapping one on top. Then fold the top and bottom tabs. At this point your paper should resemble the envelope. Mark points on the top and overlapping tab where the button enclosures will be attached.

7. Sew the buttons to the marked spot being ever so careful not to rip the paper. Then tie a string around the bottom button long enough to wrap around both buttons three or four times.

8. Apply glue to the bottom edges of the overlapping tab and the bottom tab to secure the envelope.

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9. Finally, pack your envelope with loads of love and send it off.

Now, go make somebody smile today!

 

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How to Make a String Tie Envelope {DIY}

Marlena Antonucci is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a minor in Environmental Science. She is not quite sure how to define herself just yet, but is ready to exhaust every single opportunity to figure it out. At this point she can proudly say that she’s a late night reader, inventive chef, fanatical crafter, daydreamer, lover of Parisian culture, loyal friend, and devoted partner. She steers her life by her step dad’s famous w ... More

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