I am really excited about today’s DIY project. Last week while looking for something on Amazon for another project I stumbled onto these beautiful floral printed paper doilies. I have seen plain white ones, gold and silver ones and even other colors, but never ones like this printed with such a pretty design. I knew right away what I wanted to do with them so I ordered a set. Today I am going to show you how to turn these lovelies into envelope liners to dress up a simple save the date!
Paper doilies come in a variety of sizes so it’s important to get the right size for your envelopes. My save the date is 5.5 x 4.25 so these are just right. I even designed this cute save the date just for this project. It’s available to download for free at the bottom of the post. You simply need Adobe Reader to change the names, date and other information. It’s that simple!
So now on to the liners.
What you will need:
- Paper doilies, the right size for your envelopes
- scissors or some other way to trim the doilies
- glue sticks
Address your Envelopes
Unless you are using labels, it may be easier to address your envelopes before lining them. It may be hard for some printers to run envelopes through after they are lined becasue they can be too thick or stiff. If you plan to hand write your envelopes, the doilies leave an uneven texture under the paper, which may make it hard to write on after the liners are inserted. If you are using labels, it doesn’t matter if you stick them on before or after you are done with the liners.
Measure your Envelope
Because my doilies are so small, I didn’t need to measure or cut anything but depending on the doilies you get, you may need to do some trimming. Make sure you know your envelope dimensions or lay your doily over your envelope and make little pencil marks (on the back side) so you have a guide for cutting.
After doing the first, I decided to try a double-doily design which did require me to measure and trim one side of each doily to fit. I simply turned my doily over and marked little cut lines with a pencil so I’d know where to cut.
Trim Your Doilies
If you are doing a lot of these, I suggest using one doily as your template for the others so that you don’t have to measure each one. You may find a certain process works best for you but to save time, I would suggest only measuring one time and making the rest match the original.
Insert and Glue
Once you have your doilies trimmed to the correct size, you are ready to glue your liners into the envelopes. We are using plain old glue sticks for this because they have more of a dry adhesive. Wet glues can sometimes pucker the paper. (Expert tip: We like to crease the liner before gluing it in to make sure it is lined up correctly.)
As I learned after one try, I suggest gluing the envelope flap, not the doily. You will end up with a mess if you glue the doily.
That’s it! It’s super easy and it really dressed up your envelope!
If you want to do this project yourself, you can get these adorable paper doilies here: Talking Tables Blossom Floral Mini Doilies for a Tea Party or Birthday, Multicolor (100 Pack)
You can also download a printable pdf of our pretty, pink thank you cards too! Simply fill out the form below and the link will appear below for instant access.
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