I don't know about you, but there's no way I can toss an old Nikki McClure calendar in the recycling bin. They're just too beautiful. I've been buying, enjoying, and saving her calendars since she started making them many years ago. And while I can't throw them away, I'd rather put them to some use then just have them languishing in a drawer somewhere. So I came up with this diy up-cycling project: making envelopes from the calendar pages.
I started off by taking a regular medium-sized manila envelope and disassembling it. It was pretty darn close to fitting the 11.75" square size of the calendar pages, but not quite. So I tweaked it and made the template you'll find below. Once you have that, making the envelopes is a cinch.
I'm going to use these to send special correspondences to those I love, or maybe use them to collect important bits of paper I need to keep track of. Any other ideas for what these beautiful envelopes could be used for? I'm sure there are lots of other upcycling ideas out there too. If you have any, please leave a comment below! I'd love to see what you're inspired by.
- Nikki McClure calendar
- envelope template
- exacto knife or scissors
- glue stick
Fronts of the envelopes. I love to see how the images end up showing on the front or back. You can play around with the orientation when you place your template.
Envelope template: I used card stock to make mine so that it would be stiff enough to trace around onto the calendar page. Start off by cutting a piece of heavy paper 11 3/8" x 11 3/8" (I taped together 8.5 x 11" paper together to get this size). And then cut the to the dimensions I've written on the photo of the template below. If I can get to it, I'll make a template that you can download and print out, which will make it even easier for you. Of course, this is just what I came up with, but you can tweak it any way that you like.
Step 1: Lay your template onto a calendar page. I'm showing it laying on the printed side of the calendar page, but it may be easier for you to trace around it on the back side which is white.
After you've traced it, cut using scissors or an exacto knife and straight edge ruler.
Flip over to back side and fold the two sides toward each other and glue them together.
Then fold and glue the shorter end closed.
This is how it will look on the front
Fold the longer end toward the back but leave open so, you know, you can use it. Voila!
That's it, folks. Let me know if you try it out and how it goes for you!
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