Miss Coyote’s Guide to DIY Envelope Liners

Step 1. Gather supplies. Spend about 15 minutes searching your apartment for scissors only to realize that you had already placed them with the rest of your supplies. Smack head on table and do not move on to Step 2 until you have poured yourself a nice, big glass of wine.


Supplies I used: Scissors, pencil, paper trimmer, wrapping paper, double sided tape (I eventually stopped using tape and switched to glue dots), envelopes, bottle of wine and one very interested kitten

Step 2: Trace your envelope on to whatever you would like to use as your template. I used a piece of cardboard.


Step 3. Cut out your template and stick it in the envelope to make sure it’s how you want it to look. You can cut it to go to the bottom of the envelope, but to conserve paper mine went about halfway down.


Step 4. Start cuttin’! Because I used wrapping paper I cut strips with scissors then went back and cut the strips using my paper trimmer.


Step 5. Cry because by this point you have finished all the wine. Send your fiancé to the nearest liquor store to purchase more.

Step 6. Stick your liner in the envelope and fold over using a ruler or bone folder. Or if you’re like me and too lazy to find the ruler just use the cardboard template (not recommended). Spend way to much time making sure everything is properly lined up.


Step 7. Remember that the envelopes will be thrown away immediately and that less than 1% of your guests will even notice that your envelopes have liners. Slap some tape on that bad boy and press it onto your envelope. Try not to wrinkle the paper.


Step 8. Cry because you keep wrinkling the paper. Remind yourself again that your guests will not notice. Give up using tape and use glue dots instead. Wish you had thought of that 20 liners ago.

Step 9. Vow to never make envelope liners again and immediately look into purchasing liners for your wedding invitations…who are you kidding? This whole project cost you $4 and by the time you are assembling your invitations it will be a distant memory. You are totally going to do it for your wedding invitations too.

If you want more info I loosely followed this tutorial to make my liners. It’s a little bit more straight forward, but a lot less entertaining.

Happy lining!


Mrs. Coyote

Westchester, NY
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June 2012
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    WILLIAKELLLB 283 posts, Helper bee @ 9:41 am

    i appreciate that the wine is actually listed in the supplies photo!
    very helpful

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    MissHockey 848 posts, Busy bee @ 9:45 am

    i love your kitty :) def. made me smile when I seen the picture! haha

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    NYCcaliBRIDE 344 posts, Helper bee @ 9:54 am

    I love your kitty peaking up at you. The liners look good!

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    Miss Piggy 12 posts, Newbee @ 9:59 am

    Love your Kitty. Reminds me of when I was working on my invitations and my kitty would not let me see the computer screen. nfortuantly she is what we like to call “bum to face cat” She is famous for always trying to put her bum in my face. Makes it really hard to do DIY projects.

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    Miss Piggy 12 posts, Newbee @ 10:00 am

    by the way love the wine and the effort and funny remarks you put into make this titorial the envelopes look great. We all notice your effort!!

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    scone 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:42 am

    Oooh, I will have to add wine to my list…

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    StaceyAnn 49 posts, Newbee @ 10:45 am

    Loved your step by step instructions!

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:18 am

    Love this – especially the wine part. I didn’t use wrapping paper, I bought a foil paper with texture on paperandmore.com (it cost more than wrapping paper but its not as shiny and that’s what I wanted) and am only lining the inner envelope. And I love getting the inner outer with pretty lining, I always notice – my fiance said I was crazy to make 220 of these. Thanks for your help. I practiced with regular paper and a standard envelope first. I didn’t want to waste anything useful to me and the wedding :-)

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:24 pm

    Haha, great tutorial. I’ve found the wine should be on the supply list of most DIY projects.

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    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:33 pm

    Wine. Yes. ALWAYS. 😉

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    phoenixandstars 565 posts, Busy bee @ 12:55 pm

    They turned out great! Good job!

    We used pages from a book as our liners and set up an assembly line. I’d cut them to size, he’d insert. Once all that was done I started dabbing the flap with glue and he’d fold and press. We had them done in less than 20 minutes! Get the fiance up in there for next time!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:58 pm

    Wine and cats are my kind of project :)

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    SarahConnors 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:49 pm

    Haha I love this and I love your extra added steps :) Especially the wine and crying :) I’ll have to do it exactly this way!

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    woodpecker 270 posts, Helper bee @ 5:12 pm

    Haha, my favorite part is that you say you are totally going to forget about the misery and do it all over again for your invites. So true!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:50 pm

    Haha. My fave supplies are the wine and the kitteh. And maybe I should’ve done envelope liners instead of pocketfolds. Oh well.

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:13 am

    @WILLIAKELLLB: Wine is a total necessity for these types of projects!
    @MissHockey: Hahaha yes, kitty loves to “help”.
    @NYCcaliBRIDE: Thanks!
    @Miss Piggy: LOL! We have a “bum to face” cat too.
    @Miss Scone: Wine makes everything better. :)
    @StaceyAnn: Thank you!
    @Miss Ke Aloha: 220?? You are brave! I did about 90 and was goin’ crazy!
    @Miss Hawk: So true!
    @Mrs. Seal: Hahaha, glad you agree!!
    @phoenixandstars: Book pages! What a fabulous idea!!
    @Mrs. Pony: I agree… Just don’t let the cat get to the wine! 😀
    @SarahConnors: Stock up on wine and try to avoid the crying part. 😉
    @Miss Woodpecker: What can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment!
    @Future Army Wife: Honestly, I’m still on the fence if I should do them for the wedding invites. I’m sure your pocketfolds were beautiful!

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    Jessica @ The Budget Savvy Bride, Guest @ 6:20 pm

    Hahahaha! Thanks for adding extra entertainment to my tutorial! Wine is definitely a must with any DIY project. Just be careful not to overdo… results may vary. 😉

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