I despise paying money for something that is going to be thrown in the trash after one use. High on my list of evil: postal products. What is a padded envelope but a stack of papers held together with a bit of glue? Why not make my own padded envelope for the double green (saving money and trees)?
You will need newspaper pages, stapler, mailing label and clear tape. I didn’t need a lot of heft to my envelope, so I used 4 pages plus 2 pages of comics for the outside of the envelope.
Stack your papers together and make sure that whatever is on the outside is appropriate for your recipient. My package was for kids, so I used the comics.
Fold your stack of papers in half horizontally.
Make a small fold along one edge of the papers.
Make another fold to encase the loose edges. Staple along the fold. Repeat for the opposite side.
Slip your items into the pocket you have created. I was shipping pillowcases and they were already individually bagged. Baggies offer an extra layer of protection, but they are not absolutely necessary. You could also line the inside with freezer paper if you are concerned about ink getting on the contents.
Fold the open end down twice and staple.
Add a mailing label and postage and you are good to go!
I recommend you cover the address label and sides with clear packing tape. Postal machines and weather can be rough on a package!