She says: Do-It-Myself Lace Paper Envelope

I hereby professed my love for doilies and crafts (Winston Edit: And me!), hence it will be displayed profoundly in our wedding. The first item to support that statement is my exquisite doilies envelope, inspired by Martha Stewart’s Wedding.

A little update, I am in the midst of expanding my previous company, Diary & Design Wedding into a specialized design & decor for wedding & event, Rosette Designs, while my partner will be focusing more in wedding planning under Wedding Diary. So look for us if you are looking for wedding design & decor!


It was supposed to be an envelope liner, but I converted it into an actual envelope. Because of the casual nature of my outdoor Holy Matrimony, I want to evoke that first impression through the invitation. As many wedding gurus say, invitation is the first indicator of your whole wedding theme. It sets the mood right from the beginning. My girlfriends and I recently set up an event/wedding invitation business.So I am very excited about designing my own wedding invitation! I’ll start from crafting  the  envelope.

Materials :

– 9 inch square doilies

– Vellum/tracing paper

– Craft Adhesive Spray

– Art Card

– Cutter/double-sided tape/cutting mat/ ruler

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1. Create a template for the tracing paper/vellum. I used my old drawing block as the template. After a few attempts to get the right template, I am satisfied with my crisp looking template!

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2. Trace the template into the tracing paper and use cutter to cut it. But for the folded side in the middle, use the blunt edge of the cutter to give a folding mark.

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3. Spray the tracing paper with the Adhesive Spray. Don’t forget to put newspaper to cover the surrounding area. Leave it for 15 secs. Carefully stick it to the doilies, make sure it fits perfectly.

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4. Fold the doilies to follow the tracing paper’s structure. Secure the inside of the envelope with double-sided tape. Voila! Beautifully hand-crafted envelope.

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Yup! I am going to make a hundred pieces of this. Ambitious as it may sound, I still have 6 months in the making and my wonderful artist/designer friends to my aid. So, to all our beloved guests, this is just for you!

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My own wedding Invitation, dream come true : Lace envelope and letterpress invitation.

118 thoughts on “She says: Do-It-Myself Lace Paper Envelope

  1. Hi,
    I love this idea, it looks beautiful and elegant. Could you tell me where to purchase doilies like the ones you used? I have been looking online but I can’t find those or even doilies in that size.

    Thank you!

  2. Hi Eden,

    Thank you for the compliment! Glad you like it.

    I bought the square doilies from The seller based in US, this is the same doilies from Martha Stewart Spring 2009 issue.


    All the best in finding it!


    1. Hi Hellen

      I just searched ebay and am not able to find the doilies based on your description above. Did you order the doilies recently?

      1. Hi Angela,

        I bought it few months ago. I have checked in ebay, the seller has ended the listing. You can still find square doillies with other pattern.

    1. The size will be 5×7 inch or smaller. Depends on envelope size. I customized my invitation to my envelope, the opposite of the common practice

      I just started an invitation company, so I can experiment on mine!

  3. Hi Ellen,
    I’m using the same doilies as yours & i came across your website.
    May i know the exact size of your invatation card ?

    Thanks alot for sharing 🙂

      1. Thank you Ellen for your prompt reply.
        My doilies are not with me but i need to send my invitation for printing. As such i need the exact size of the invitation

        Thanks once again, i shall print my invitation for exactly the size of 5 x 7 inch.


  4. Hi , does anyone know if you can buy these dollie envelopes, i would love to use them for my wedding invites, but dont think Im up to making 100 of them?

  5. Simply beautiful! I am so inspired to do something similar for Valentine’s Day, but may I ask: would it be possible to send them USPS (with an adhesive label?) or would they need to an additional envelope to go through mail? Again, just gorgeous! 🙂

  6. Hellen,
    These are stunning! I love the delicate, yet playful feel they have. Would you mind if I feature these on my Wedding Planning blog DeeLovely Day? Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi Hellen

    I absolutely adore these envelopes!! I’ve actually already printed my invites and they are 15x15cm. Do you think there would be a doily big enough to make envelopes for my invites?

    1. Hi Joanne, I think your invitation is too big for the square doilies. If you are still keen, you need to get a bigger doily

  8. Hellen

    these are absolutely amazing! I’ve actually already printed my invites, and they are 15x15cm.. Do u think its possible to find a doily big enough for my invite?

  9. Hi there – these are beautiful. I was wondering however, where you got such lovely doilies? I can’t seem to find any that are more decorative than the standard doily…

  10. Oh my, I’m sorry – I found the answer while reading the comments. I should read and then comment and not the other way around. 🙂

  11. I love these! I’m throwing my cousin’s bridal shower and would love to use this idea to send out the invites. Are these USPS friendly or would I have to send them in another envelope? Have you tried sending any yet?

    1. We did send them via another bigger envelope, as we have other invites with it as well. For other close friends and friends we meet often, we gave the invites to them (which does bring with it a personal touch and sincerity). I am a bit apprehensive that it may not be USPS friendly though. I will suggest not risking it.

  12. I’d like to go with something much simpler… Do you think I could just fold the doily only, and not use tissue paper or spray adhesive?

  13. Wow, I’m in Love with these envelopes!!! Do you think the 9 inch square doily size will fit a A6 ( 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″) folded card? Or do you recommend a different size paper doily?

  14. Hi Hellen!!!
    I just LOVE this post!!I’m from Brazil but tomorow I’m going to Florida!
    Can you tell me, How should I need to call this paper, and where can I find it?


    Carol 😉

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  16. Hello,
    I love this idea and would like to make it the envelope for my wedding invitations but I was wonder how well they held up going through the mail? I just don’t want them all tattered by the time it reaches the guest.

  17. All I can find online is 8×8 inch square doilies or 10×10 inch.. do you think a 10×10 inch doily will still fit in a 5×7 A7 envelope?


  18. Beautifull. Where do you buy the square dollies ? I’m from Denmark so perhaps you know the name of the Company behind it ? I would really like some. 😉

  19. What size was the Doilies that you used for this? I havn’t made my invitations yet so i can make them to the size of the evelope which you said your invitations were 5×7. I love this idea so much and is going to go with my vintage theme and just have these little details make it all the better.

  20. I love this idea. When I saw it I thought they were bought at a store until I read the whole project. I work in a daycare so I am always looking for something new and exciting. But this is something too special for daycare. Had I found this before I sent out my parents 25 wedding anniversary invitations I would have done this as my mom loves lacy and unique ways of sending letters, inviations and cards.

  21. Just a quick question. Do the 9″ squares make A5 sized envelopes. I want to do this for my sisters wedding, but we are only able to find 8″ squares.
    And also is it best to line the inside of the envelope, does that make it easier?

    Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

  22. hi
    i would love to do this!!i am incharge of all invitations for a whole event.illustrating too.the trouble im having is some are different sizes so would have to make them occording to each card(i no my sister is very demanding and has chosen different size for most guest!!:D)
    is there a basic how to for making an evelope,im even stuck there!!becasue then fingers crossed from your post i could work then to design the doilie etc for the size.
    thankyou.sorry to be such a picky commentor id love it if i could just follow this hehe.

  23. I just ran across this, hope you had a beautiful wedding, I hope to make Valentine Cards using the doily envelope….these are beautiful.

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