HOW TO HAND-DECORATE ENVELOPES
When I’m decorating a space, I always try to urge my clients to save a little budget and time together to think about the tiny little details… the things that we don’t think are important but that to me, are the very most important things in a space. It’s things like light switches, door handles, towels and glassware that could so easily just do a job, but with a little extra effort and thought, can just as easily elevate a space and make you smile again, and again.
You get the point – I’m all about the detail… even down to the stamp on an envelope which is why I’m here today.
I’m excited to team up with Swiss Post again as they have a whole collection of gorgeous little stamps, and I wanted to share a fun and easy way to decorate plain envelopes and take it to the next level. Whether it’s a little note to a client or collaborator, or a more personal letter, I love the idea of taking the time to send something unique and handmade through the post.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own beautifully decorated envelopes:
- Beautiful stamps like these ones
- Envelopes (I used these ones)
- Brush markers (I used these ones)
- Black Indian Ink
- A paint brush
- Dried plants, leaves, twigs from your garden and around (I collected dried poppy heads, daisy heads, wheat stalks and corn husk)
- A candle or little alcohol burner
- White beeswax
- A metal pouring spoon
- Small dried flowers
- A wax seal stamp (I have this one from Etsy in a 25mm)
Step 1: With your brush markers, draw smallish blob shapes on your envelopes.
Step 2: Play around with the positioning of the blobs leaving space for the address.
Step 3: Lightly paint your dried plant with Indian ink.
Step 3: Print the painted side carefully on the envelope.
Here’s an example using painted dried corn husks.
These are the lines that are printed on the front of the envelopes:
I also played around with a wheat stalk.
And just using the end of a dried twig.
It’s kind of crazy just how many beautiful patterns you can make using dried twigs and plants from the garden. I love that you don’t need any fancy equipment to get such amazing patterns.
Finish the front of your envelope off with the address and a beautiful stamp. I used these handwritten stamps but Swiss Post have so many different styles to choose from.
To seal the envelope, I wanted to put an original and completely biodegradable spin on the traditional wax seal, so I used white beeswax with a dried flower pressed into it. I love how it turned out.
Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Add some beeswax pellets to your metal melting spoon and heat over a candle.
Step 2: Once the wax has melted, pour onto the envelope and add a dried flower whilst it’s hot.
Step 3: Use your wax seal stamp to press down onto the wax firmly while still hot.
Step 4: Experiment with different dried flowers and weeds.
I feel like these hand decorated envelopes are special enough to stand out but simple enough to save confusing the postwoman or postman and they definitely elevate a plain old envelope!
Also, don’t worry this isn’t Martina‘s real address that I’m disclosing to the whole of the internet. It was just used for the purpose of this DIY post :).