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Homemade Marble Envelopes

Want to send someone something special, but don’t want to spend a lot on a pretty card and envelope? Maybe you just want to add a personal touch to make your pen pal smile or to make your girlfriend happy when she checks the mail?

Say no more!

Today I’ve got an affordable way to customize paper with a cool marbling effect and a way to make an adorable envelope from a simple piece of paper!
Time: 15 Minutes Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy
You won’t need much for this project, all you need it toothpicks, shaving cream, washi tape, food coloring, a baking pan, and a butter knife.
Begin by apply washi tape around the edges of the paper.

Then fill the baking pan with shaving cream, the amount you apply in the pan depends on how many pieces of paper you will be making. Filling up the entire pan will give you at least 10 marble pages.
Next, drop your main color for the effect throughout the shaving cream and use your butter knife to gently mix the cream. It is like you’re mixing batter when you do it.
Then, take your toothpick and dip it into the second color for your marble paper.
Once your toothpick is coated in the color, begin to swirl and poke the color throughout the shaving cream. You can make swirls or you can strike your color through. Any design you want! I just swirled mine in random spots.
Now, just simply take that washi taped paper and press into the shaving cream marble mixture. Smooth your paper into the mixture so your page is totally coated.
When you peel out the paper, it should look like this. You can already see the marble effect happening.
Take your butter knife, and tip it on the smooth side (not the side with the blade, the back part) and shave off the cream. You’ll see the color being coated on the paper and you see the second (or how many other colors) you add being smeared in. It looks so cool!
Once you slowly and carefully take off the washi tape, your paper will look like this! Artistic looking, no!? 

Now for the ORIGAMI part! Yes, cause that paper isn’t going to turn into an adorable envelope by itself!
Begin by folding your paper in half and make the edges meet. Just simply fold like you would any normal piece of paper. And unfold it so it is flat and has the crease through the center of it.

Next, take the edge of the paper, and fold it to the center where the middle crease is, so you have a triangle.

Do the same to the opposite side of the paper.

Next, take the other half of the paper that isn’t folded, and fold it into the middle crease.

Do the same to the other side too. Your paper should look like a clean cut arrow or an envelope that is open.

Next, where the pointed section is, open up the middle.

And lightly press on it, and you’re going to do that for each of the two folds in the middle of the point. It will look like this when you press on the opened middle of the point lightly.

Now, open up the middle and fold it forward.

Turn the paper over, opposite the folded side you just did, and take the edge and fold it into the center crease again. Making a triangle like this, and do it for the other side too.

Once you have a triangle, you bend it down to show you the envelope!

If you had trouble following along with this, you can always search "Origami Envelope" on YouTube if you are a visual learner :)


Now you have a pretty marble envelope to send in the mail to friends and family filled with little notes and cute goodies!


Materials used for this project:

  • Washi Tape   (Michael's Arts and Crafts)
  • Paper   (Printer Machine)
  • Food Coloring   (Food Store)
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  • Sjjb
    on Jun 18, 2017

    Oh my God, aren't you clever

  • Kath8465
    on Jun 18, 2017

    it looks great! only thing is, I'm in Australia, and have less than no ideas as to what Washi tape is please give  me a clue so I can make these!

    • Fiona Lee
      Fiona Lee
      on Jun 18, 2017

      Go and check out Daiso or the dollar stores - washi tape is like decorated sellotape, used for gift wrapping / scrapbooking :-)

  • Harry Heitman
    Harry Heitman Bensalem, PA
    on Jun 18, 2017

    I think if i went to Michael's store to buy the tape i would look for envelopes. I'm sure the time you save not having to clean up would be better spent making something for dinner !!!

    • Daniellr
      Daniellr Butler, PA
      34 minutes ago

      Why wouldn't you use the cookie sheet again? It isn't like shaving cream is some toxic chemical...it's foaming soap.

  • Susan Betsko
    Susan Betsko Camp Hill, PA
    on Jun 18, 2017

    WOW, what a cool envelop! Making a DIY for Father's Day is the epitome of a child demonstrating love.....

    • Tina
      Tina Stevens Point, WI
      on Jan 13, 2018

      I have done Homemade gifts with both parents with my granddaughters. They enjoy it and so do the parents. Even the father appreciates the time and end product ! Not to mention the lietume of memories.n

  • Mmsamsbeaver
    on Jun 18, 2017

    what happen to last 5 pictures of project(no pictures)

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