Envelope Liner Tutorial | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

The typical wedding invite size is 5×7, which uses a A7 envelope. I am a huge fan of the Euro Flap Style sold at Paper Source, which run about $5 for 10 envelopes, however you can get A7 Euro Flap envelopes at EnvelopeMall.com for $18.95 for 100 envelopes. HUGE savings. They have alot of the same colors as PS for wayyyy cheaper.

If you don’t want to create your own template, you can get a envelope liner template set from Paper Source that contains clear plastic templates to make envelope liners in these sizes: 4bar, A2, A6, A7, A9, 5 3/4″ square, 6 1/2″ square. The kit costs $10.95 and if you see yourself using it alot in the future for projects, I think it’s a good investment because the templates will hold up well over time. But if you don’t want to buy the templates, then here’s an envelope liner tutorial to make them yourself:

What you need:
One piece of cardstock
Paper you want to line your envelopes with
Xacto Knife/Scissors
Ruler
Envelopes
Glue stick/tape runner

I didn’t have any patterned paper on hand, so for the sake of this tutorial I printed a pattern onto some text paper on my printer at home. Using wrapping paper is a very cost-effective solution as you can trace lots of liners onto a roll.

Quick and Easy Directions to line an A7 envelope:

1. Take one envelope and trace it onto some cardstock. Cut out your template

2. Cut 3/4 inch off the bottom of your template, and 1/8 inch from each side, so the liners will slide in easily

3. Trace the template onto your envelope liner papers

4. Cut out the liners

5. Insert the liner into your envelope

6. Fold down the flap with the liner inside it to make a crease. Using a ruler inside the envelope helps to make a good crease

7. Fold the flap back up, but leave the liner folded down. Apply glue with a glue stick or tape runner and then fold the liner back with the flap, pressing down to make sure the glue sticks

8. Ooh and ahh over your beautifully lined envelope! :)

This is something I really wanted to do for our wedding invites but I was just too short on time. It can really make a big impact on your wedding suite and doesn’t have to cost alot to do!

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • Brit
    • March 8th, 2010

    I've been wanting to get the papersource envelope and liner plastic templates, but these turned out great. Also, check out envelopperinc.com. They sell euroflaps (my fave!) in more colors than envelopemall, and even offer liners and other extras (in a variety of colors, or have your own design printed!) I'm always on the hunt for cheap stationery sources.

  1. I always notice envelope liners – this is a great idea and tutorial!

    • Lesa
    • March 9th, 2010

    oh my gosh!!! I've searched high and low throughout Knoxville for an envelope liner template kit. I finally ordered one from papersource.com and can't wait to get it in the mail!! I had no idea how/what envelope liners were, but I am excited about the outcome and what the difference will look like. Thanks so much for posting this!!

    • Steph
    • March 9th, 2010

    Love these diy tutorials! Very helpful for all the summer brides-to-be out there! Keep them coming!

  2. OMG! I had been wondering how I could do this myself since I bought cheap envelopes on sale at Staples. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've always been pretty crafty (so much so that I became a wedding photographer – found you via SnapKnot) and knew from the start that I was going to make my own invitations and DYI the flowers, but I had crafter's block when it came to the envelopes. Thank you again!

    • Jess
    • December 17th, 2010

    Please forgive me if this is somewhat of a "duh" question, but is there a particular type of paper that works best to make as an envelope liner?

    • Sarah
    • July 24th, 2013

    Found this on Pinterest and thanks so much for the tip!! I first thought you were going to use the green as the liner (I personally think it’s shinny and pretty). I’m thinking of using translucent envelopes so the lining really shows through, but there kind of square and have elongated flaps. Do you still think it will turn out as seamless as yours? These are the envelopes i found?? http://www.jampaper.com/Envelopes/TranslucentVellumEnvelopes/CharthamColorTranslucentEnvelopesPaper

    • Shirlee
    • March 1st, 2014

    Great tip — now I don’t have to worry about finding the right template for the envelope!