If you're designing your own invitations, letterpress business cards, writing a letter to someone special, or even if you're a collage maker, the chances are you'll want to design your own envelopes too. There are lots of cool envelope templates available to download online so we scoured the web to find these eight top designs to get you started.
01. Tie-string envelope
Kate Lilley of Minieco (opens in new tab) is the lady behind this charming envelope template design. "I do confess that I've always had a 'thing' about string-tie envelopes," she says. "They seem impossible to get hold of though so I thought it would be fun to make my own." And, rather generously, Lilley has provided templates for two sizes of tie-string envelope.
02. Classic envelope
Download this free, classic envelope template and either trace around the design or print it directly on to the back of your envelope paper. After folding, the envelope is 5.75in x 4.5in and holds a 5.5in x 4.25in enclosure (a quarter of a letter-sized sheet).
03. Basic envelope
Okay, so it's not the most exciting envelope template you'll have ever seen but that's kind of the point. It's basic, plain and just waiting for you to put your stamp on it. There's also a printable card available to go in this design by Melissa Esplin (opens in new tab).
04. Wood envelope template
Check out this cool, Japanese antique-style envelope template. The design - a beautifully crafted raw wood-grain template - comes in a many different sizes to suit your needs. Available from Etsy, prices for the template start at $4.50.
05. Mini envelope
Designer Jessica Biscoe (opens in new tab) has created this free downloadable envelope template for little things. After gift wrapping her smaller jewellery items in dinky 7cm x 10cm brown envelopes, she decided an injection of colour was needed so made her own template to use with patterned paper instead.
06. Gift envelope
This small envelope template is perfect for gift tags for that someone special. Graphic designer Amy Moss (opens in new tab) also created templates for cards and liners to go inside this design. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, these are are perfect for impressing a loved one.
07. Envelope template kit
If you want envelope templates of all sizes to to suit all occasions, take a look at this kit from Paper Source (opens in new tab). It contains traceable plastic templates to make envelopes in these sizes: #1 Baby, 4 Bar, A2, A6, A7, 5 3/4in square. For a one off payment of £15, your envelopes will never be ordinary again.
08. CD envelope
If you're a photographer, why not design your own CD envelopes, making them both stand out and act as a valuable advertising tool. This free template by Mirkwood Designs (opens in new tab) will allow you to do just that. Just choose some card to score out the envelope, add your design, and insert the CD!
Here are more templates to kickstart your projects...
- Check out these inspiring flyer templates (opens in new tab)
- Click here (opens in new tab) for free creative business card templates
- And here's some great templates for brochures (opens in new tab)
Have you seen any great envelope designs? Let us know in the comments box below!