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Decorated Envelope | Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Decorated Envelope

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Give mailing envelopes a little character (a silly snowman, for example) and call it a wrap for a gift book, puzzle, video or box of stationery.


  • Large mailing envelope (11 by 17 inches works well)
  • Construction paper
  • Sponge
  • Blue tempera paint
  • Colored markers
  • Felt scrap


  1. Cut a basic snowman shape from construction paper, and use a few pieces of rolled masking tape to temporarily stick it to the face of the envelope.
  2. Dip a soft sponge into blue tempera paint, and then dab color onto the envelope all around the snowman. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
  3. Carefully remove the construction-paper cutout, and then use colored markers to draw a face, arms, a hat and buttons. For an authentic touch, glue on a miniature felt scarf.