Every year, I say I’m going to do it different “next year” — then when next year gets here, I recreate the wheel. This year is no different. I’d like to say that I had this DIY party invitation planned weeks in advance. Honestly, I totally lost track of time left to purchase ready made invitations. So when I realized that my child’s birthday party was the weekend after I returned from an overseas trip and a few days before the winter break, I had a small heart attack. Ok, a huge heart attack. I became the panicked parent, the one who was buckling under pressure to have invitations ready a full month before the party. I didn’t have time to order a cool photocard online and didn’t have time to get to the store for the cute little fill-in-the-blank invitations. So I decided to try my hand at a DIY party invitation. After a few attempts at an origami party invitation, I found an easier solution.
Google + free cards to the rescue.
After a few minutes Googling for “free kids birthday invitation” online, I discovered Greetings Island. I ransacked our craft supplies and found what I needed. Since I didn’t have envelopes handy, I decided to make it an all-in-one invitation.
- cardstock (we had size A4 & I used several complementary colors)
- papercutter (I can’t cut straight lines)
- craft scissors
- glue (glue stick works best)
- hole punch
- washi tape
- ribbon (I used curling ribbon)
Here’s what I did:
- After I finished my invitation design in Greetings Island, I downloaded it and also printed it 2 per page on regular printer paper. This invitation was square and I had to print out several sheets for the number of invitations that were going out to her class and friends.
- Cut out the invitations, using either a paper cutter or scrapbook scissors (I used a wavy design).
- Use a paper cutter to cut each sheet of cardstock in half, on the long side.
- Glue the square invitation on the top part of each half.
- Fold bottom half up to cover the party information (or whatever looks good for your invitation). This is a really flexible all-in-one design.
- Use washi tape to seal both sides of the bottom flap.
- Punch 2 holes at the top of the invitation and use a length of ribbon for a bowtie as an accent.
- Voila, you’re done.
They turned out really cute, didn’t they? My child loved them and when she came home needing a couple more, it didn’t take more than a few minutes to make a few more.
Note: It took me about 10-12 minutes to make 6 cards, from start to finish.