Best Adhesives To Line Your Envelopes With

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To Line Your Envelopes You Need The Best Adhesive.

A customer recently asked us which adhesive is best to make your own professional-looking lined envelopes, free of lumps and bumps that many adhesives can leave behind.

To answer her question, we lined three envelopes with Japanese Chiyogami paper using three different adhesives:

Glue Marker
Zip Dry Paper Glue
Dots Double Sided Tape

Which adhesive worked best? Watch our video to find out! You’ll be lining your own envelopes like a pro in no time!


Envelope liner adhered with glue marker

1. Glue Marker

To test the glue marker out, we traced just the edge of the flap with glue, adhered the liner to the flap, and left it to completely dry.
The results?

  • Envelope liner remained securely in place
  • Liner was smooth to the touch, no visible bumps on inside or outside of envelope
  • Glue visible through liner, most likely due to wet nature of the glue marker (see photo)

Envelope liner adhered with zip dry paper glue

2. Zip Dry Paper Glue

In the Zip Dry test, again, glue was applied just around the edge of the envelope flap, the liner was adhered to the flap, then left to dry.
Here’s what happened:

  • Envelope liner remained securely in place
  • Liner was smooth to the touch, no visible bumps on inside or outside of envelope
  • No glue present through the liner

Some additional Zip Dry perks? It dries super fast and never wrinkles paper! Learn more in our Zip Dry product review!

Envelope liner adhered with double sided tape

3. Dots Double Sided Tape

In this test, three dots were placed side by side along the envelope flap and the liner was secured – no drying time necessary, of course. Clean, quick, and easy!

  • Envelope liner remained securely in place
  • Liner was smooth to the touch, no visible bumps on inside or outside of envelope
  • Dots not visible through the liner

And the Winner Is. . .

In our tests, we found that Zip Dry and Dots double sided tape were best for adhering envelope liners. Both held the liners in securely, neither created lumps or bumps along the flap, and neither showed through the liner resulting in polished, professional-looking lined envelopes.

array of chiyogami hand lined envelopes

The Bottom Line – Go Easy on the Glue!

No matter which adhesive you choose – whether it is Zip Dry, double sided tape, or even a plain old glue stick – remember this:

The lumps, bumps, and telltale homemade signs so often seen in hand-lined envelopes are from using too much glue!

When applying glue or double sided tape:

  • Trace the outer edge of the flap only
  • There is no need to place glue or tape beneath the liner inside of the envelope

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