Don’t toss out the old calendars as you replace them in the new year.
Instead use them to make calendar envelopes for all your mailing needs. This is a simple way to make envelopes that also add a bit of whimsy to your letter writing and even your bill paying.
I have been making envelopes this way for years and yes I do use them for everything from paying bills to mailing thank you cards and more. These envelopes always get talked about and are a fun way to use what you already have on hand.
These are simple and quick to whip up. They’re a great cold night project and great for kids too.
- Old Calendars
- Glue / Glue Stick
- Envelope Template (Feel free to print and cut this as a template or simply peel apart an envelope you have on hand for tracing)
Tear apart the calendars, so that each photo is a single page. Lay the template over the photo and arrange so that the center highlights a special or nice spot for the envelope. Trace the template and then cut along the lines.
Folding & Gluing:
Turn the envelope over so that you’re looking at the dates, not the picture.
Fold up the bottom edge first, scoring with your fingernail. F
old in the side flaps next again scoring with a fingernail. Run a bead of glue down the edge of the bottom flap and fold the side flaps over, pressing down firmly.
Let the glue dry for a bit before folding the top flap down. Store your envelopes like this in a stack, in a drawer, or box.
Using Upcycled Calendar Envelopes:
Simply address and stamp as usual. To make mailing addresses clearly visible use labels. I’ve done this for years and have never had a problem with the postal service in delivering these.
You can use any number of materials in place of calendars – old magazines, catalogs, etc. Don’t forget the coloring pages and artwork of children, too.
If this is a project you really enjoy, check local thrift shops for supplies (like old books, magazines, even calendars).
How to Use Calendar Envelopes for Gifts
These upcycled envelopes make great gifts. Combine a stack in a theme for friends and put them in a little box or tie a ribbon around them with a nice pen and some labels. This is great for the person who loves to write letters.
- Old Calendars with Beautiful Images
- Glue / Glue Stick
- Envelope Template
- Marker / Pen
- Unfold an envelope to use as a template. Make sure to choose an envelope that will fit over the photos of your calendar.
- Tear the calendar apart carefully so that the pages remain intact but unattached.
- Lay the template over the photo images so that it looks nicest on the big part of the envelope that will be the front side.
- Trace the template with a marker.
- Repeat for each calendar page.
- Cut the envelope out along the traced lines.
- Turn the envelope over, so that you're looking at the calendar squares / dates.
- Fold the bottom flap up.
- Fold the sides in.
- Use fingernail to crease the folds well.
- Glue the edges of the side to the bottom flap.
- Let the glue dry.
- Fold the top flap down.
- Repeat for each cut out template.
- Store the envelopes so that the top flap is folded down.
When ready to use, stuff the envelope with your letter.
Use labels for return and mailing addresses and add a stamp.
Seal the top flap with scotch tape or glue before mailing.