Hack an Envelope into a Pocket Invitation

How to hack an envelope into a wedding invitation pock | Download & Print

It's time for a wedding hack!

If you've started planning your wedding you will know that things get really expensive, really quickly. And sometimes there's a good reason for that. A lot of people are involved in pulling off your dream day and they should all be compensated fairly.

However, I just can't wrap my head around the price on some things. Pocketfolds for instance. This is a little folder made from card that's trimmed to slightly larger than an invitation, which holds the invitation, RSVP and envelope, enclosure cards and any other paper goods you plan on sending in your initial mailing. Pretty simple. So why the outrageous price tag?

In true Download & Print form I took it upon myself to find a less expensive, but equally professional looking, pocketfold. I did what any crafty gal would do, I made one. And I'm going to share with you how to do it... because it's freaking awesome! So simple, so easy to customize to your colors and wedding style, and each pocketfold can be put together for pennies. If you stick with black or white I'm talking less than 30 cents each. The fancier the card stock the fancier the price of course.

You will need to find 4-bar envelopes (also called RSVP envelopes) and card stock in the same color for the best look. I recommend buying envelopes, then taking one of these into your local craft store and matching up the paper.

In the example in this tutorial I stuck with classic black. I paired the pocket with the seaglass invitation and RSVP from our Amber collection. This invitation makes me think of a vintage poster meeting seersucker stripes, which I think ties together nicely with the vintage doily effect I gave the edge of the pocket.

This isn't the first time I've hacked an envelope into an inexpensive wedding invitation pocket. For an even simpler idea check out what you can do with just an envelope and a pair of scissors.


 

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Step 1: Trim Flap

Trim flap off envelope to create an invitation pocketfold | Download & Print

Trim the flap off a 4-bar envelope using scissors or a paper cutter.

Step 2: Trim Card Stock

Trim cardstock to create a wedding pocketfold | Download & Print

The card stock needs to be trimmed to just taller than the invitation. If you are using a 5 x 7 invitation trim the card stock to about 7.5”. If you are using a square invitation, adjust the height accordingly.

Step 3: Punch Pocket

Punch pocket edge for a custom finish | Download & Print

If you like the look of the decorative edge on the pocket, use your punch of choice and punch along the open edge.

Adhere the pocket to the lower right corner of the cardstock. I prefer to use double sided tape as it’s less messy and gives me instant gratification, no waiting on glue to dry. However, you can use a glue stick or another type of adhesive if you prefer.

Step 4: Make First Fold

Fold over DIY pocket | Download & Print

Grab your bone folder and get ready to make the first fold. I highly recommend a bone folder, it’s an inexpensive tool and makes a difference when it comes to crisp creases. However, if you have another blunt but pointy (ha! This makes sense in my head, I promise) tool you can use what you have on hand. Think closed mechanical pencil or blunt side of an x-acto knife.

You are going to fold the card stock over the pocket, so start the crease with your bone folder and ruler along the inner edge of the pocket. Fold over the card and finish making a crisp crease.

Step 5: Mount Invitation

Mount invitation into DIY pocketfold | Download & Print

At this point I like to mount the invitation. Using double sided tape again mount the invitation next to the crease you just made. You can eyeball the placement, you are looking to have even spacing on each side of the invitation. Four pieces of tape should be sufficient to keep the invitation in place.

Make another crease on the opposite side of the invitation and fold the flap across.

Step 6: Finish the Flap

Punch pocketfold edge for a designer look | Download & Print

Punch along the edge of the flap to create a decorative finish. This is again optional. It gives a custom look, yet we know there is no custom price tag! But if you want to save time, or don’t want to invest in a punch, you can leave all the edges square and you’ve still got a killer pocket for next to nothing.

Hack an envelope into a wedding invitation pocketfold | Download & Print

Now look at that picture and tell me if you’d ever guess the pocket was hacked from some card stock and a 4-bar envelope! If you thought pockets were out of your budget think again.

You can make it personal, you can make it cheaply, and you can make it fabulous!

Until next time, with template love,

Anna Skye | Download & Print

(Although all the products listed in this tutorial are products I personally use, I will be compensated if you make a purchase through some of the links provided.)

Anna Skye

Anna Skye designs and shares invitation templates on her blog Download & Print. Her invitation templates can be used by DIY Brides and Hostesses can make their own invitations at home and save money.

12 thoughts on “Hack an Envelope into a Pocket Invitation

  1. Danika says:

    Hi I was wondering if the finished product fits nicely into an outer envelope for mailing. Can you please let me know; and if so, can you also include which size would work best?
    Thank you!

  2. Nora says:

    Soooo, if I wanted to make this in DE, not having access to your envelope sizing, could I do it with (European) A7 Envelope and A6 sized Invites, planning to mail it in a B6 envelope?

    It’s utterly gorgeous, by the way. I’m completely frustrated by the options you’ve presented me, not knowing what to do, or how to combine them best. I always wanted pocketfold invitations, but the prices scared me off. Now it might be affordable…. 😀

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Yes, there will be a European equivalent. Looking at the paper and envelope sizes I think you can use A6 invitations, a B6 outer envelope, C7 envelope to hack into the pocket, and A7 RSVP cards with C7 envelopes for mailing back. Trim the card to 12″ x 6.38″ and mount everything on this. Good luck with this project, I’d love to see a picture when you are finished!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful!!!
    May I ask where did you buy your card stock? My kraft store in New York sells cardstock but it’s very lightweight every single store I go into has light weight cardstock. Err. Please let me know. Thank you

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