Welcome to the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas! Today you will learn how to make your own DIY holiday envelope stickers! These will be perfect for decorating your envelopes this holiday season. You could even add these to your own handmade envelopes or even envelopes that have custom holiday liners. All of these are great ways to add a festive touch without a lot of time and effort.
Using a printer and a Cricut cutting machine or a circle punch, you’ll be able to get these done in no time! You can also make them into stickers using a Xyron Creative Station or a printable sticky paper or double stick tape. You can create your own custom envelope stickers, or you can use one of the seals that I’ve made. Find out how to get the file at the bottom of this post and follow along to make your own holiday envelope stickers.
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Supplies to Make Envelope Seal Stickers
- Computer printer paper and colored printer
- Cricut cutting machine (check out my review) or circle punch (2-inch or 2.25-inch size needed with my template printed at full size)
- Light Grip cutting mat or a really, lovingly used Standard Grip mat (needed for Cricut cutting option)
- Envelope Seal Sticker template (find the file in my FREE resource library–get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this post) OR create your own using a Canva account
- Xyron Creative Station (I’m using this machine in an older model) OR Double stick tape OR Avery Project Sticker Paper
How to Make Your Own DIY Envelope Stickers
Step 1 – Make the Sticker Template
You can design your own holiday sticker seal template on programs like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or on Canva.com. I like to use Canva.com for quick projects like this and where I designed a set of 12 envelope seals. You can get access to my designs in my free resource library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.
Step 2 – Upload Your Sticker Templates
For this project, upload the stickers that you want to print. Be sure you use the PNG version or it won’t work in Cricut Design Space. All 12 designs are included in a zip file, so be sure to unzip it first before uploading them to Design Space. If you aren’t sure how to upload your own custom images, check out this tutorial here. There is one difference in how you will Save the uploaded image as Print Then Cut, instead of just Cut.
As you are importing each file, select COMPLEX as the image type. This will be sure that you get all of the colors and designs in the file.
Since the COMPLEX Setting was selected, do not change anything in the Select & Erase section during the import. Be sure to select SAVE AS PRINT THEN CUT IMAGE at the end of your import selection. Upload all of the stickers that you want to make for this project.
Once the imports are complete, select the images you want to use. Then click IMPORT IMAGES to add them to your project.
Step 3 – Print Then Cut Your Envelope Stickers
Now that the stickers are uploaded in Cricut Design Space, you can cut them. Using the Print then Cut function in Cricut Design Space is one of my favorite features! If you aren’t sure how to use the Print Then Cut feature, then check out this tutorial I wrote that walks you through each step.
For this project, I want to size all of the stickers to be approximately 2×2 inches. (Make them smaller at about 1×1 inch or 1.5×1.5 inch for small envelopers.) After adding them to the project, I resized each one individually using the tool bar. When resizing, make sure that the lock is turned on so that the ratio of the circle retains its shape.
Now it’s time to print and cut the stickers.. BUT FIRST! Cricut Design Space has a few limitations and with Print Then Cut there are a couple things to adjust. You MUST print on white or very light colored paper. Secondly, the Print Then Cut area is smaller than a sheet of computer paper. To save paper, all of the images need to be “locked” in place using the ATTACH function and fit within an area that is 6.75 x 9.25 inches. I have a tutorial for how to Save Paper using Print Then Cut, if you have never done it before.
When you click MAKE IT, the Prepare mats screen will display your project and mats needed. If it appears that Cricut Design Space is sorting your mats appropriately, then you are good to go. Otherwise, check out the Save Paper Hack tutorial I made to learn more. For this project, since I made twelve 2×2 inch circles, everything fit within the design area.
Follow the on screen prompts in Cricut Design Space to Print Then Cut your stickers. If you are having any issues with cutting, be sure to try to Add Bleed marks when you print. Also, if your Cricut is not cutting near the lines, try to perform an alignment of the Cricut.
TIP: I like to print on computer paper because I don’t want my sticker seals to add a lot of weight or be too thick on the back of the envelope. You can test different types of paper, including the Avery Project Sticker Paper. I haven’t tried the Avery paper myself, but I know others have done similar projects with full size sheets.
Step 4 – Turn Your Cut Images into Stickers
Now the fun part where you turn your cut images into stickers! I have been using a Xyron Creative Station (this is the newer model linked) for a long time and it saves so much time for a lot of crafting projects. Simply slide your die-cuts into the machine and crank. When the die-cuts come out the other side they are ready to use stickers!
OPTIONAL Step 3 & 4 – Circle Punch Method: Print Your Sticker Template
As an alternative, you could also just print your design and cut it out with circle punches you have on hand. I would recommend a 2-inch or 2.25-inch punch for this project. Be sure you print the PDF version of the file and be sure that the file is printed at 100% to maintain the 2×2 inch circle size. If you want smaller stickers, reduce the scale of the image.
Step 5 – Use Your DIY Holiday Envelope Sticker Seals
Make sure to create a lot of these stickers to have on hand. Using the Xyron makes it so easy to keep and store the stickers if you trim up the paper and leave on the backing. Don’t forget to use your stickers as seals on envelopes or letters. You could even use them on presents to decorate near a tag or bow.
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If you’ve made these holiday stickers or customized your own, I would love to see! Leave me a comment below or better yet, tag me on Instagram @craftyjulienow – I want to see your projects!
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Lori Govert says
These are awesome, I’m definitely going to try this, maybe even try some of my own designs. I have used the Avery sticker paper for seals for an invitation and they worked great!
Crafty Julie says
I want to try the Avery sticker version as well and learn how to kiss cut on sticky paper. It would be another way to make stickers even easier! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!