Hack an Envelope into a Pocket Invitation

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It's time for a wedding hack! This DIY pocketfold wedding invitation has me grinning from ear to ear... because it's freaking awesome!

If you've started planning your wedding you will know that things get really expensive, really quickly. And there's often 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. It's 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.



Step 1: Trim Flap

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

Step 2: Trim Card Stock

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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.

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Step 3: Punch Pocket

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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!


With template love,

Anna Skye | Download & Print

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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.

28 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:

    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

  4. Noni says:

    Hello love this hack makes making my invites that much easier! What I want to know is what size cards will fit inside the pocket? I plan to use four cards inside the envelope. My ceremony detail, reception details, map & direction and my RSVP postcard. I want to stack them so they can be seen bit what sizes shall I start with. It will be in that order. I need to know the width and height of cards to put in the pocket. Please I’d appreciate it very much!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Noni! I’m so happy to hear you love the hack! We are using a 5×7″ invitation on the left side of the pocket. You can stack your remaining cards on the right. In the picture you will see a 4×6″ enclosure card and 5×3.5″ RSVP card. You could make all the cards 4″ wide and have the heights 1″ apart. So start with the reception card at 7×4″, the map card 6×4″ and the RSVP card 5×4″. You may not find envelopes to perfectly match these sizes though. The other option is to leave the RSVP at 3.5×5″ to fit a 4-bar envelope. Good luck!

  5. Brittany says:

    I absolutely love this hack. I was wondering if I use the invitation size 8 x 5 be the same results or do I need to find an invitation of that size.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      You can use an 8 x 5″ invitation, though you will need to adjust the dimensions of the pocket. Use the response envelope size from your chosen invitation set to work out the dimensions of the pocket. Your flap will be narrower than shown in our tutorial. Instead of buying 4-bar envelopes for the pocket you will use 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″.

      • Vanessa says:

        Hi! I also have an 8.5 x 5.5 invitation. Is it still possible to create the pocket? Especially when using the 12X12 cardstock? Also, what evenlope would you reccomend for putting the finished product in? Thank you!

        • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

          Hi Vanessa, thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately I don’t think you’ll be able to make the pocket from 12 x 12″ cardstock and have enough room to fit a 5.5″ wide invitation. You would need to use A2 envelopes for the pocket, which are 5.75″ long. This will only give you a half inch flap, which isn’t really enough. If you want to see what it looks like I’d recommend buying one sheet of scrapbook paper from your local craft store, folding it at 5.75″, doubling over again, and seeing if you can make the half inch of paper left over work as a flap. You’d be looking at putting the entire pocket into an A10 envelope. It will be a little tall, but workable. Let me know if you try this and what you think. Cheers, Lisa

  6. Yahaira Cruz says:

    Im trying to buy the 12x 12 cardstock and 8.5 x 11 cardstock for the printable invites online so i cant feel how heavy it is. What is a good weight to buy?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Yahaira, thanks for stopping by Download & Print. Buy 8.5×11″ cardstock as thick as your printer will handle, this is usually somewhere between 65 lbs and 110 lbs. My printer jams with 110 lbs paper so I have to buy lighter paper.

      For the 12×12″ cardstock buy as heavy a paper as you can find, at least as heavy as your invitation paper. Folding heavier paper can be a little tricky, especially after folding 100 pockets, but is made easier with a bone folder and scoring tool.

      Have a great day,

  7. AJ says:

    Love, Love, Love this! This is just the tutoria I need for my daughter’s upcoming wedding.

    Can you use standard 8.5×11 cardstock?

  8. Chris Fuller says:

    Would sure like to see it all closed up. Are these for hand-delivery or can they be mailed? If mailed, what has to be done to close up the sides?

    • Anna Skye says:

      Like all pocket invitations you would need to put int inside an outer envelope for mailing. This one is sized to fit inside an A7 Envelope.

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