I was putting together some invitations recently, and they were lovely but they needed a little something. They were 5 x 7 letterpress on a beautiful thick card stock and needed some whimsy. I began looking at papers online, and wow it was an amazing rabbit hole to go down. There were so many that I fell in love with, some of which I’ve listed at the end of this blog post for you to peruse. I ultimately decided that a dragonfly theme was the right one for this party, it gave it a creamy country feel. And so I thought I’d teach you how to line envelopes for the next time you want to upgrade your invitations for a fraction of the price.

How to Line Envelopes:

How to Line Your Envelopes

This was my paper. See the bottom of the post for all of my favorite paper selections!

How to Line Your Envelopes

Start by making a stencil from card stock. The most accurate way to do it is to start by laying a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of paper over the glue side of the envelope and tracing the area that you will cover with the liner. Then cut that paper out and place it on the card stock. Trace around the card stock with a pencil and cut that out. And you have your stencil! The reason we do that is because you can’t sketch the perfect line silhouette with the card stock because it isn’t see through.

It is also a good idea to mark one side of the card stock stencil so you a know to place it on the correct side of the paper each time and the same side up. This is because if it is slightly asymmetrical it will make it harder to get two pieces from each sheet of paper so you want to be consistent with which side is up. 

How to Line Your Envelopes

You should get two beautiful envelope liners for a 5 x 7 envelope from each 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.

How to Line Your Envelopes

Use Double-Sided Adhesive Roller to fasten the liners. It is the cleanest, smoothest option and works like a charm. The only downside is that these things run out fast so you will probably need a few of them. You can get them at craft stores and office supply stores.

You can see where I marked the envelope with a faint blue line that is the tape. I wanted to give it good coverage so none of the paper came up, but you could probably get away with using less.

How to Line Your Envelopes

This is what it will look like when it is lined! Isn’t that so much more beautiful than a plain boring envelope?

How to Line Your Envelopes

Give it a fold so that it naturally closes for you when you stuff it.

How to Line Your Envelopes

Add your note or card. Does it add whimsy? I think so.

How to Line Your Envelopes

From here you can add any embellishments you please. A thin ribbon perhaps?

How to Line Your Envelopes

Or a thick one? Or you can keep it simple and elegant. The knot on a ribbon makes it a bit of a pain to close and mail in my opinion.

How to Line Your Envelopes

Then you could do calligraphy.

How to Line Your Envelopes

Or keep it clean with a classic elegant typed font. Which do you prefer?

How to Line Your Envelopes

A wax seal that matches your paper liner is also a wonderful touch. They make custom seal stamps now which aren’t expensive and a wonderful thing to have for years to come.

How to Line Your Envelopes

I used the ones that you put into a mini glue-gun.

Pro-tip: You need extra glue sticks to push the glue forward so don’t think you can get away with just one! You will need one more than you actually need to get the glue to push out of the glue gun.

How to Line Your Envelopes

One last element that really makes a custom invitation shine is stamps. Vintage ones! I spent far too many hours looking at vintage stamps online. It brought me back to 8th grade when I discovered a box of pre-war stamps my great-grandfather had left in the attic at Tulipwood. I steamed them off of their envelopes and put them in a stamp book and spent time going through a giant book that listed their value. Oh the joy it brought me…

How to Line Your Envelopes

Here are lists of my favorite papers as well as my favorite places to discover vintage stamps.

Wax and Custom Seal:

Vintage Stamp Sources:

Beautiful Papers:

Which is your favorite paper? Have you ever lined envelopes before? And do you have any other tricks to make an invitation feel more bespoke and customized?

You Might Also Like


Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.