There’s something so fun about security envelopes. Its like a secret pattern inside a little gift. Even though they’re so utilitarian, I can’t help but hanging onto them everytime I get my paycheck or pay a bill online. Yes, I work for a company without direct deposit. Its ridiculous, but I guess it gives me free craft supplies! Lately the patterns have been bright blue so I thought they’d be perfect for a little fourth of july party decor. Come back later this afternoon for a second post on how I used these on some festive cupcakes.
All you need is one or two security envelopes, scissors, bamboo skewers (cut down in length) and double sided tape. Glue stick would also work, as would toothpicks if you don’t have skewers around.
Cut down your envelope so you have one large rectangle of pattern to work with, then just cut on the diagonal into long thin triangles. You can also cut along the long length for a little variety.
Put some double sided tape or glue on the back side of the paper (the white side). I put about 1/2″ of sticky to get an attachment that held. Then, wrap the full triangle tightly around your skewer or toothpick.
Hold in place for 10-15 seconds, then gently unroll the paper and pull it away from the skewer. Voila! A little blue paper “sparkler” for your holiday decor.
Play around with the length and size of your triangles for a little varied effect. Then go to town!
I think they also make really cute drink stirrers. Stay tuned for a second post and a sweet holiday surprise!