These lovely envelopes would make wonderful packages for different-sized flat presents. Of course, they could also serve as a money or gift card holder, and as a perfect match for your homemade cards.
Using this pattern of overlapping circles, the resulting envelopes are a perfect square shape. In another post, I will be explaining how to make rectangular shaped envelopes.
What you’ll need for this project are: one or more sheets of plain or patterned paper to cut circles from; a pair of scissors and craft glue; and any round item you could use as a template to draw equal sized circles. If you have a specific size of an envelope in mind, then a simple compass would come in handy. You could also make use of any embellishment you have on hand to finish off the envelopes at the end.
First, cut four pieces of circles the same size. How big should the circles be? The diameter or width of each circle will be the width of each side of the envelope. So if you want to make an envelope with three-inch sides, cut circles with a diameter of three inches. (see picture 1)
Next, lay the circles in a flower-like form so one side of each is overlapping the next side. (picture 2) Carefully add a small amount of glue between the overlapping edges.
After the glue has dried a bit, turn over the arrangement and fold each circle towards the middle, forming four ‘flaps’ (picture 3). At this stage you are now ready to place the item you are wrapping inside the envelope. To seal it, you may simply glue the flaps together, and apply a decorative embellishment as a finishing touch.
Your choice of paper patterns will provide the variety and uniqueness of your resulting envelopes. A few other ideas for paper choices are shown on picture 4. When using plain paper, try cutting from four different colours. Or consider alternating a coordinating pair of patterned and plain paper. My personal favourite is using a double-sided cardstock with different prints on each side. This way, when the envelope is opened, there is still a visible design on the inside!
Finishing the envelopes is where you could practice your creativity. Use ribbons, brads, buttons, twine, dried or paper flowers, and punches to attach the flaps together.