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.

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116 responses to “She says: Do-It-Myself Lace Paper Envelope

  1. eden822

    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!


    • Angela

      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?

      • Winston Hellen

        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.

  3. Really nice posts. I will be checking back here regularly.

  4. Cynthia

    Hi, I was wondering what sized invitations you used to fit inside the envelope.

    • Winston Hellen

      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!

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  6. Serene

    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 :)

    • Winston Hellen

      Hi Serene,

      My invitation size is 5 x 7 inch. My pleasure to share!

      • Serene

        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.


  7. Oh wow, these are really, really stunning! I would love to link to this in my next Wedding Roundup if you didn’t mind.

  8. I love lace and this idea is just fantastic. I love the way yours turned out.

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  11. Those are so pretty, great idea!

  12. magnifique enveloppe à retenir l’idée , bravo et merci pour le partage

  13. Totally gorgeous! Thanks for the share!!

  14. sarah

    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?

  15. Kara

    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! :)

  16. Dee

    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!

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  19. Dorothy

    Very unusual,really lovely,I will have a go at that

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  21. Joanne

    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?

    • Winston Hellen

      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

  22. Joanne


    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?

  23. Priscila

    Hey i find them on the next website, i will order them!! i absolutely love this envelop.

    Good luck !

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  25. This is genius!
    I’m off to see if I can find square doilies now!
    xx Felicity

  26. Hi,

    I am new to your blog (having found it through my blog’s analytics). This is a great looking project. Fantastic idea!


  27. AK

    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…

  28. AK

    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. :)

  29. Megan

    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?

    • Winston Hellen

      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.

  30. Thanks for the tutorial! I found your site via pinterest & have featured it as one of my favorite pins this week!


  31. Beautiful ideea.Beautiful tutorial. Thank you.

  32. I love these, I am a doily freak. Just ask my daughter. I am going to use this idea for valentines and other occasions. Thank you for sharing!

  33. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m featuring this tomorrow on a lace round up on my blog.

  34. Rachel

    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?

  35. emma

    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?

  36. Beautiful idea! Found you via Alexia @ Persia Lou. I’m also having a casual outdoor wedding & would love to make these envelopes!

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  41. Fantastic Project!! I just included it in a doilie post on my blog: Thank you for sharing this terrific project!!! Jennifer

  42. Anna Carolina Athayde

    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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  44. hi, i love your envelope but i also love the invitation and i’m wondering if it is a template i can find somewhere

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  49. I love your envelopes and tutorial! I featured them in a post today on my blog I Love Farm Weddings:

    Thanks for such an inspired project!

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  52. Love this. Im featuring it on my blog for an Affordable DIY wedding using Doilies. Linking back to this awesome tutorial. Thanks.

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  56. Megan

    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.

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  58. Ali

    How did you address your invitations on the lace? Just by printing labels or did you write directly on it?

  59. I am so looking forward to making these myself. So happy you shared this lovely idea. the envelopes look expensive! I want to send these out for my special events.

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  62. Reblogged this on laughinglarkphotography and commented:
    I love this whole idea! Especially for post-wedding thank you notes!

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  68. Lindsey

    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?


  69. What a lovely envelope

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  71. Conny

    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. ;-)

  72. Matthinka

    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.

  73. Amanda

    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.

  74. So simple and so beautiful! Right for my Enjoying Simple DiY Pinterest board!

  75. Suzie

    very nice thanks for sharing

  76. ahhh nice I will be doing this for my envelopes thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!!

  77. Mukta

    Gr8 work dear!! Just loved it..
    I would love to post some of my art too :-)

  78. Just beautiful! Will recommend this to our Vintage Brides xo

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  80. Sterna

    My prison pen friends will love these, so elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  81. Hi there. I would like to know if you make these for brides? If so what would the cost be for 100?

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  83. Charlene Howington

    I just ordered these doilies from They cost $19.50 for 60 doilies plus shipping.

  84. hey there,i love the envelope :) can we have them imported to Rwanda for my wedding card? please give me details via my mail cost and every thing, thanks

  85. Angela


    I love this envelope you have created and was wondering what is the point of the tracing paper?

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  89. Helen

    Hello ladies,

    I found a website that sells lace paper doilies for awesome prices. I had just put my order in today. Check it out!!

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  92. welovelaughkiss

    Hi sure! please link back to our blog.

    Thanks for your interst!

  93. Kristen

    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.

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  95. 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.

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