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!
– duct tape
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.
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.
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.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)