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Mini Accordion Envelope Folder for Photos

One of the cool tools we recently discovered was the Kreate-a-Lope - a clever little device that allows you to construct envelopes out of virtually ANY PAPER without needing any other tool to do so. It was so easy and fun to use that we went a bit crazy with crafting envelopes out of lots and lots of paper.

Illustrated children's books turned out to be one of our top paper picks for crafting homemade envelopes. Not only were they sturdy enough to travel well by mail, they also unsurprisingly turned out to produce some of the prettier designs we made.

This super simple how-to on making accordion envelope folders will give you a sweet little place to keep all those smaller snapshots you get from school portraits. Since it's so easy, we even suggest having the kids help make it!

How to Make a DIY Envelope Folder


envelopes - they can be any color or design, but make sure they're all evenly sized

glue stick


Step 1: Fold the top flap of the envelope over the opposite way you normally would - towards the front of the envelope.

Step 2: Either lick the glue already on the envelope at the very tip or run a glue stick along the top of the flap. Then, simply secure it to the back of another envelope.

Step 3: Repeat these steps until you have the desired amount of pockets. Then, leave the last envelope flap unstuck so it can fold over the others to close the folder!

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