Make your own stationery set
In this technological age, it's nice to be a little backwards at times. Stationery you need to gasp! write on and send by snail mail makes a rather nostalgic gift. Even better if it's personalised and a little bit out of the ordinary. Here's how to use your computer, a stamp and some doilies to create personalised stationery, and a sweet way to package it up and give to friends. If you're lucky, you might get a thank you note on your gift in return!
- Double-sided tape
- Brown paper bag
- Lace adhesive tape
- Stamp pad
- Printed stationey (see below)
- Stamp - you can make your own
- Paper doilies
- Cutting mat or chopping board
On a cutting mat, use the scalpel and ruler to cut your printed A4 page in half, creating two smaller letter pages. You might need to re-cut the other side to make them even.
Use your stamp to decorate the space left above the name. Use once or create a border with it.
For the doily envelopes, fold the sides first, then the bottom and the top, ensuring all the pieces overlap to create an enclosed envelope. Use your double-sided tape to stick the bottom to the sides and use a tiny bit in the middle on the bottom as the seal (leave the backing tape on though!). Make one envelope per sheet of paper.
Fold the stationery in half and pile up the envelopes. Place them side-by-side in a brown paper bag. Fold the back over, and wrap the lace adhesive tape all the way around the package's middle from the front to the back, sticking down the paper bag's folded back.
On the front, use your stamp again in the middle and handwrite the recipient's name above the tape in the centre.
How to create stationery on your computer
In a word document, type in the recipient's name and make the page landscape (so it's on its side) so you can fit two full names side-by-side, leaving enough space between the two names so they'll be centred on the page when you divide it. Ensure there is enough room above the name for a stamp if you wish to include one. You might need to do a test print to be sure.
Print out on A4 paper five times to give you 10 sheets of paper.