DIY Paper Doily Envelopes

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.

33 Comments
  1. 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!!)

  2. 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.

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

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