Today is Valentine’s Day DIY #3 out of four! If you missed the last two, you can check them out here and here. Today’s DIY is really a response to something I found at the craft store: that giant felt envelope. I bought it not knowing what would go inside or to whom it would be gifted because it was so dang cool. I will always and forever choose a giant felt envelope over a normal paper one. So, after bringing it back to the office, I tinkered for a while before I came up with this Giant DIY Polaroid Card, and I love it!
So before I go on, let me give you a size reference for what I was dealing with. The felt for the envelope measures 8.25×12 with the opening being about 7.5×10. To make it fit a little better, I decided that my card should be about 7×9. But here’s the problem: most commonly available paper only comes in two sizes: 8.5×11 or 12×12 (scrapbook paper). Since neither of these sizes would allow me to just fold a piece of paper in half like a normal card, I had to get a little inventive. So what you see below may not be the easiest way to do this, but I really liked the way it turned out! Feel free to modify this to fit your personal style or tastes!
Let’s talk supplies:
- giant envelope
- 4×4 art photo print
- 4 pieces of cardstock paper: 1 colored front piece, 1 colored/patterned back piece, 1 white middle piece, and 1 white polaroid piece
- a ruler
- a craft knife
- a bone folder
- a glue stick
Let me say a little disclaimer before we get into the tutorial: the giant envelope you find may not be the same size as mine. I made my card to be 7×9.25 so if that is still too small for your envelope, you’ll want to size up some of my measurements.
We’re going to start with the polaroid portion because it’s the most involved. Start by cutting two pieces from your white cardstock 4.75×5.75. Now the pictures don’t show it this way, but I think it would be way easier. Glue these two squares together really well. After the glue has had a couple minutes to dry, cut out the center section which will measure 3.75×3.75. The cut out should be centered from left and right with a .5″ on each side, and start the top of your cutout .5″ down from the top. This should give you the polaroid-like shape with the larger portion on the bottom. Set this aside.
Now we’ll cut everything else down to the right size. Here are the measurements you’ll need: front piece 7.75×9.25, back piece: 7×9.25, middle piece: 7×9.25. Glue your back piece and middle piece together, making sure that the wrong sides are glued together.
Taking your front piece, measure in .75″ from the shorter side and make a crease the whole width of the paper with your bone folder. This will give you a very clean fold. Set aside. Apply glue to the back side (or inside) of this little fold and then glue your middle/back piece to it, with the back piece touching the glue.
This is totally optional, but if your papers don’t line up perfectly, I took my ruler and craft knife to all the edges to give it a nice, clean look. When that’s done, you’re ready to glue on your polaroid.
The trick to making this work and not ruining your photo is to create a little pocket with the polaroid to slide your photo into. To do this, only apply glue around the outside 1/4″ of the two sides, and 1″ up from the bottom. This will leave you with the top open, and room to slide your photo in so the borders on the art photo prints are covered up by the polaroid.
After I made the card, I decided it looked a little plain, so I wrote “love” in a script font on the bottom of the polaroid. This is completely optional, but I think it adds a nice touch!
And there you have it! A giant homemade card to fit your awesomely giant envelope. I’m glad that through my tinkering I was able to find a way to avoid actually gluing the photo to the card. I always hate to commit to put a photo somewhere forever when my tastes change so frequently. But I want to know your honest opinion: are your digging this giant envelope? Or would you rather just do a normal card? Let me know in the comments below!
Wanna get your art photo prints for cheap? Our Valentine’s Day sale is going on now!