I think it was probably a year ago that I made a stash of padded mailing envelopes out of wrapping paper. I’ve loved filling those envelopes with all sorts of goodies and sending them around the country (and the world) this year. However, my supply is rapidly dwindling; I think I have 2 left. Which means I need to sit down and whip up another batch of padded envelopes!
When I saw the patterned packing tape at Michael’s, I knew that I had to incorporate it into my upcoming padded envelope extravaganza somehow. This is what I did (and how you can do it, too!).
To make a stack of padded mailing envelopes you’ll need:
-a pile of pages and covers from children’s books (I had 4 or 5 books that had been rendered unreadable by either Burke or my classroom students, which provided plenty of material for this little project)
-bubble wrap (I think I mentioned this before, but bubble wrap is available at my dollar store)
-patterned packing tape (find it for a dollar in the deal aisle at Michael’s)
-hot glue gun
1. Find two same sized children’s books pages. Leave the more interesting illustration for the outside and line the inside with bubble wrap. I cut the bubble wrap a bit smaller than the page and then adhered it to the page with hot glue.
2. Make an open-topped ‘envelope’ by taping three of the sides shut using patterned packing tape (if you have any book covers, you’ll only have to tape two of the sides).
3. Fill with goodies, tape the fourth side shut and mail! Such fun!
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