Confession: I lost a set of Henry’s school photos. Can’t find them for the life of me. See, I rotate our photos on and off of our fridge every couple of months (I like to use a lot of our Instagram prints), and the last round that I took down had his most recent school photos. I put it…. somewhere…. and now it’s nowhere. I’m sure it’ll turn up one day when I’m cleaning out cabinets or something but for now I’m just one of those terrible moms that loses school photos. But in the meantime I decided that I could use a place to keep all of the fridge photos so that they don’t run off again. And so! Here’s how to make a leather photo envelope so you don’t lose your kid’s school photo too. 😉
Make Time: 15 Minutes
Step 1: Measure the center of your envelope. Make it about 1″ larger on all sides than the size of photos you’d like it to hold. Draw this shape on the wrong side of your leather. Then measure and draw triangles extending out from each side of your shape. These should be half the width of your shape plus one inch. Cut along the lines that you’ve drawn.
Step 2: Fold together the two side panels (they should overlap slightly). Then fold up the lower panel over the two sides so that all three overlap. Use the leather punch on the smallest setting to punch a single hole through all three flaps. Insert the back side of the button stud through all three holes, from the inside out.
Step 3: Screw the top of the button stud on, and use the screwdriver to help tighten it. Fold down the top flap and make a small mark where a hole is needed to correspond with the button stud. Punch a medium-sized hole where you made the mark.
Step 4: Cut a tiny slit at the top of the hole to create space for the button stud to slide through.
That’s it! Fill it with all the photos you like! I think this one would be really cool in an oversized envelope to hold larger photos and papers. It could also be a great way to give a gift — a really pretty, custom package that the recipient could use over and over. Have fun! xoxo