I intend to surprise my three girls with leaf envelopes and letters from forest fairies, that’s if the tooth fairy doesn’t gets in first. We have three wobbly teeth in our household right now!
I had to be quite sneaky creating this post. If they saw me making or photographing the fairy letters, it would spoil all the fun. They may even question other magical things that happen in this house, related to reindeer and chocolate eggs *grin*.
These leaf envelopes are delicate but quite easy to make and your children will be thrilled to receive one as a letter from a fairy or even Valentine’s Day. When your children are old enough they can make their own and share them as special gifts for friends or family.
Leaf envelopes –what you’ll need:
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- Large green to gold leaves with plenty of flexibility & thin stems
- Leaf or bark to write a letter to a fairy
- Good quality craft glue
- Sealing wax
- Permanent fine tip marker
- Heart hole punch (optional)
Leaf envelopes –how to make them:
- Cut out a 5cm x 5cm square using cardboard.
- Use the cardboard template to draw a square on your leaf. Cut the square out of your leaf.
- Take two sides of your leaf and meet the corners in the middle — like the image below. Gently score the edges with your finger tips. Be gentle or your leaves might rip.
- Fold one of the unfolded corners up to make the the envelope.
- Unfold your leaf square and cut the little corners of the folds that have overlapped. Only the bottom is fine but you can do it for all four side if you want a really clean look.
- Fold the two side corners back up again and paint the sides with good quality craft glue.
- Fold the bottom corner up and hold it tightly.
- Slip a blunt knife or small plastic ruler into the middle of the leaf envelope while it dries to ensure the inside of the envelope doesn’t stick together.
- Cut a leaf, or bark, for your letter paper and write on it using a permanent fine tip marker.
- Slip your letter into the envelope and seal it with wax. Once the wax drips on the leaf envelope, wait until the wax is just starting to harden before pressing the bit of nature to add texture to the seal.
These are perfect as little gifts for Valentine’s Day too! Use a heart hole punch to punch a leaf and write a little message on it.
Check the how to video:
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make the gorgeous leaf envelopes and letters. Your little ones will get so much joy out of receiving a letter from a fairy!