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A New Spin on Stationery: DIY Duct Tape Envelopes

That's right. Duct tape is at it again at Brit HQ, this time in the form of envelopes. Or, as we like to call them: the most durable and colorful envelopes you'll ever make! We know, we know. Colorful, fancy, and durable? How can this be? The answer is 3M's brand new Scotch Color & Patterns Duct Tape. It's duct tape for folks like us who love functionality and efficiency, but happen to love all things colorful and creative as well. And yes, the lace and plaid patterns you see in the photo above are actually duct tape! 

Materials:
- duct tape
- scissors

As always, the first thing to do is to gather your materials. For a work surface, we used a mat cutting board but any countertop, glass or metal surface will do. So long as when you take the duct tape off, it doesn't take any part of your workspace with it. ;)

Lay one piece of duct tape flat on the board. Now layer a second one so that it overlaps with the first one between a quarter and an eighth of an inch. Continue until you've reached a size that works for you. We did about six rows of duct tape. 

Peel it off the surface slowly in one sheet.

Turn the sheet over. Use a couple rolls of tape to hold down the corner if needed. Time for the second layer, or envelope liner. 

Do the same exact thing but going in an opposite direction. This will ensure that your duct tape sheet doesn't roll into a tube. Once you're done, trim the excess tape off the edges.

Now you've got an awesome two-sided sheet of duct tape!

To make an envelope, the easiest thing to do is take an envelope you have at home and mimic it's construction. Or follow these simple steps!

Measure the size you need based on your card or whatever's going in inside. For our first envelope, we used one of our pop-up name cards. Cut the sheet so that it's about half an inch wider than the card and about three times the height.

From the bottom, measure and draw out a triangle. Cut it out. Mimic a similar triangle for the top flap, but slightly larger.

You're done! 

To mix things up, we made a matching inside out envelope as well.

Repeat with hot pink and lime green, and any other colors you've got kicking around the craft room.

And now, you've got a whole set of gorgeous envelopes made entirely out of duct tape! While we think whipping these up for 200 wedding invitations is probably a tall order, we think they'd be great for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, bridesmaid notes, etc. 

How do you get creative with duct tape? Have you tried making our Duct Tape Feather Earrings, Chevron Cuff, Gift Bags, or Popped Collars yet? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments below or say hi on Twitter.

This post is a collaboration with Scotch Colors & Patterns Duct Tape. Take the Style that Sticks quiz to find your personal style and for the chance to win free samples.