I have an addiction to books and stationery. I have so many books and when I was a teenager I actually collected stationery. I was just waiting each day for the perfect letter writing opportunity! It's obviously a paper thing. I also love children's books, and I collect a children's guide book to each city I visit. It's the illustration (and the way they break down the interesting info, not going to lie!). The other day I went into the library and they were selling old, tattered and worn children's books for 20p each. I couldn't resist, especially as they had super cool illustrations like this panda.
First of all, cut the pages out of the book. You want to chose the most colourful and the most interesting pages. Ones with birds, pandas and robots are all excellent choices. Then, take an old envelope whose shape and design you admire (!), open it up and create a template.
Draw around the template and then glue into place, making sure that you're precise with the glue so that it doesn't stick to the other side.
I love the fact that this sort of thing is hidden inside each little envelope!
And there you have it! You have made some old, discarded characters happy AND you have a lovely selection of envelopes, perfect for a little gift. I also saved a book about robots- I couldn't resist him either! I have to admit though, I couldn't cut up that perfect panda page, so he is currently waiting for another project to show his true potential.