DIY Paper Doily Envelopes

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Next up is Hellen’s paper doily envelopes. She created outer envelopes, I might add, to match the whimsy of her wedding invitations. The vellum reinforcing the underside of the doilies makes these darlings looks luxe. Love.

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What you’ll need:
– 9 inch square doilies
– Vellum/tracing paper
– Craft Adhesive Spray
– Art Card
– Cutter
– Double-sided tape
– Cutting mat
– Ruler

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Instructions:
Step 1: Create a template for the tracing paper/vellum. I used my old drawing block as the template. After a few attempts to get the right template, I am satisfied with my crisp looking template!

Step 2: Trace the template into the tracing paper and use cutter to cut it. But for the folded side in the middle, use the blunt edge of the cutter to give a folding mark.

Step 3: Spray the tracing paper with the Adhesive Spray. Don’t forget to put newspaper to cover the surrounding area. Leave it for 15 seconds. Carefully stick it to the doilies, make sure it fits perfectly.

Step 4: Fold the doilies to follow the tracing paper’s structure. Secure the inside of the envelope with double-sided tape. Voila! Beautifully hand-crafted envelope.

30 comments
  1. Jessie-Lee

    I love these! This has been my favorite DIY yet. So adorable!

  2. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    SUPER cute tutorial! Great entry!

  3. Jordan

    I saw this project on martha stewart weddings website a while back. A fun DIY though.

  4. Rachel - theWeddingVine

    I think this idea is great! Makes the invitations more special if you have added your own touch!

  5. Lucy

    These are so cute! I also really love Hellen’s invites – do you know if she also made or designed those herself or did she purchase them? (if so I would love to know the name of the supplier!!)

  6. giozi

    Son preciosos !!!

  7. Papillon Press

    What a pretty DIY project! Although, I’d consider this an INNER envelope since I wouldn’t recommend putting those envelopes in the mail unless you want them to arrive ripped to shreds by the postal service.

  8. Desiree Cherisse

    I can’t wait to try this!!

  9. Sabrina

    I LOVE this idea. I want to do this, but coffee stain the paper before-hand so they look aged. They can be the inner envelope, as mentioned above, and just add a bit of “pretty” to the handmade invitations I’m planning! :)

  10. Haylee

    Love this so much. I have no wedding to make these for but these are way too gorgeous to pass up. I’ll think of something to use them for. :)

  11. Michelle

    Does anyone know what size the invite is? The finished envelope looked completely closed, but with the invite it looked like it could not be closed all the way. What size invite could the envelope comfortably hold?

  12. Sabrina

    Any suggestions as to where one could purchase square paper doilies??

  13. Hellen

    Hi all, thank you for the comments! Initially I thought of using it as the inner envelope, but the idea of having lace envelope is too exciting to be passed on.The size is 5′ x 7′. I bought the square doilies from ebay. If you want to mail this envelope, you need an outer envelope. So best if you can hand-delivered!

  14. Vicki

    Where can you find the 9″ doilies???

  15. Kelly

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Did I mention I love this idea?! Haha! I am not getting married but I love pretty things and getting some neat ideas if I do get married. They all seem easy to do and I just want to say thank you for posting!

  16. taryl

    what are the measurements of the vellum inside? Is that also 9″X9″?

  17. Kristen

    I love this idea. My wedding is a vintage/rustic theme. My invitions are printed on a lightly patterend fabric & I wanted an equally delicate envelope. http://www.paperandmore.com has translucent A7 envelopes, so the lace detail won’t get ruined & will still showcase the wonderful DIY aspect. Thanks for the tutorial!

  18. Ivonne

    I love this! My wedding is next year and it is a victorian style and I plan to use this idea as a save the date! They are beautiful. I purchased my doilies online at 32 Degrees North. They were inexpensive and are very reliable.
    Thanks for the idea!!!

  19. Alise

    Would this work with 10″ doilies? I can’t find the 9″ ones!

  20. Budget Barbie

    So lovely and pretty, inspired me to come up with something doily related without having to spend so much. http://mybigdayonadime.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/diy-doily-envelopes/ Still keeping the romantic & rustic look!!

  21. Meagan L

    What size envelope does this make?

  22. AUGUSTE

    COMMENT FAIRE POUR COMMANDER VOS NAPPERONS EN PAPIER.
    Cordialement
    Murielle AUGUSTE

  23. Jessica

    Do you think that you could use freezer paper instead of Vellum/Tracing paper. I live overseas and it would be very expensive to get Vellum here. Thoughts?

  24. Renata

    Hi! Where could I find this paper, please?

  25. maria

    any way you could post where we could find these paper doilies?

  26. Evelyn

    I cannot find 9″ doilies. Where can I buy these? I could only find 8 inch and 10 inch.

  27. Michelle

    Great idea! I’m not getting married/using these for invites, but as a mail artist it is ALWAYS exciting to find new envelope ideas! These came out totally gorgeous and I’ve been including them as inserts for my penpal letters :) I’ve gotten a lot of positive responses!

  28. Sheldene Pattison

    Would need your assistance please tell me where I can purchase the doilies from in south Africa. Please help!

  29. miryam

    Love this, but any help where can i find the 9″ square doilies, I only find 8 and 10″, thank you in advance

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