DIY Lettermate for Addressing Envelopes

Watch how to make a simple lettermate to keep your letters aligned.

We know it can get tough to keep your spacing and alignment perfect when you're addressing envelopes. Instead of going out to buy a light box or drawing and erasing lines every time, create this handy lettermate to keep your font neat and consistent!

Now that you have your own lettermate, it's time to put it to use! In his class on hand-lettered envelopes, Erik shows how envelopes can be a great opportunity for fun lettering experiments. He challenges his students to use special effects and styles to create a uniquely hand-addressed envelope for their friends, and we've seen some great projects in the class's Project Gallery. Bryn uses envelope addressing as a topic for her more advanced calligraphy class, Pen and Ink Calligraphy: The Art of the Envelope. Enroll and write your own envelop stack as the class project!


Materials Needed

  • File folder, chipboard, or portfolio (the thinner the better)
  • Envelope
  • Craft knife


1. Trace the envelope on your file folder and cut it out
2. Draw lines according to consistent margins
      - Left and Right margins: 1 in.
      - Height of middle block: 3 in.
      - Height of text blocks: 1/2 in.
      - Space between text blocks: 1/3 in. 
3. Cut out the text blocks
4. Address your envelopes!