I was pointed towards a lovely British blog called MiniEco where you find great DIY tutorials and crafts for and with children. Inspired by this we are going to make string-tie envelopes today – a perfect and-of-the-year project, since I want to ask the children to write little thank you notes to their teachers and put them into the envelopes. You will find the template and (very colorful) instructions here, or you can follow my (much less colorful) instructions below.
You need one print-out of the template in either of the two sizes (see above), a piece of string, two small brads (scrapbooking supply stores carry perfect tiny ones), scissors, glue stick. I also added two small circles out of a sturdier cardstock (instead of the paper used for the envelope itself) to make sure nothing rips where it shouldn’t. Punch a small hole in the middle of the small circles. Cut out the shape of the envelope.At the indicated little crosses punch holes with a small puncher, or use a big needle to make a hole. Fold all sides up. Insert brad on the (future) back of the envelope through one of the circles. Add glue to the long edge on the back (where the brad is not) and to the edge of the bottom small flap. Glue long edges together, brad side on top, while at the same time glueing the small bottom flap underneath the long flaps. Attach second small hole-punched circle to the closure flap with the help of the second brad. Take a piece of string and tie one end to one of the circles. One simple knot is fine. Cut end of string. Insert note or other sweet surprise.Wind the string around both circles until all used up. Just let the end of the string hang, it won’t come undone.
Present mail to happy recipient!