I love the change of seasons from summer to autumn. Even though the days can still be warm, the evenings are wonderfully cool. The mornings feel crisp and there’s a tang in the air, the trees are starting to change the colors of their leaves. At this time of year, I can’t help but think about the upcoming holiday of Halloween, and of course, pumpkins.
These Halloween Pumpkin envelopes are fun to make. I made them for children during the First Friday Art Walk and they loved them!
I got the idea of making a fun Halloween envelope from some black wrapping paper I found at Paper Source and some orange paper I had here in my studio. I made a small catalog envelope template (there’s a template for you at the bottom of the blog post) and drew a simple pumpkin face to fit on the front.
After printing the envelope template on computer paper, trace the design onto black paper by using colored transfer paper (similar to carbon paper, but not as messy).
Here is what it looks like after tracing the template onto black paper.
Make a pumpkin face design of your choice and trace it on the inside of the open envelope.
Cut the envelope out with a craft knife (or scissors) and fold the envelope (but don’t glue or tape the envelope yet).
After printing the template on white copy paper, I traced the template (both the cut and fold lines) onto the back of the black paper using blue transfer paper, because I knew that regular transfer or carbon paper wouldn’t show up well on black paper. And printing on black paper was out of the question. My colored transfer paper was purchased at my local art supply store. If you don’t have or can’t get colored transfer paper, see the other options below.
Cut out the pumpkin face with a craft knife. Here I’ve cut out the eyes and put a piece of orange paper behind one of the eyes.
Once I cut out my envelope, I centered the pumpkin face on the back of my envelope and traced the pattern, again using my colored transfer paper. Then, I cut out the face from the back of the envelope. The orange paper was glued to the back of the envelope with glue stick, then the envelope was folded, and double sided tape was used to glue it together.
Here I’ve pasted a piece of orange paper behind the face. Now you can paste or use double sided tape to close the envelope.
I made my pumpkin mouth large enough to write a name or name and address in. Unfortunately, although this is a mailable envelope size, the cut out face makes it impossible for it to go through the postal machines. If you want to mail this envelope, you can’t cut out your pumpkin face, but you could draw the face on your envelope.
Options If You Don’t Have Colored Transfer Paper
1. You can use bar soap to cover the back of the your envelope template before tracing your envelope on black paper. You will need to reapply the soap each time before you trace.
2. You can print the envelope template on orange paper and place a piece of black paper behind the cut out face.
This envelope doesn’t have any cut outs. I used the small catalog envelope template and printed it on orange paper. Then I drew the pumpkin face on the envelope with a black marker. I will be writing the address either under the eyes in a black pen or in the mouth with a white gel pen.
Click here to download the Small Catalog Envelope template
Happy creating, Candy