This guest post was written by Lindsay Garret for EasyMadeInvitations.com.
Hi! I’m Lindsay… a wife, a mom and a girl who loves to design homemade invitations!
EasyMadeInvitations.com is a website I’ve created to give DIY’ers the advice and ideas they need to create their own amazing invitations. Like anyone who loves to do things by hand, I love the design and creativity that goes into making a great invitation!
Homemade invitations add a practical, personal and fun touch to any occasion! Creating your own handmade invitations for your parties is a great way to save money and get really creative. And, contrary to belief, they can be really easy. All of your guests are sure to love receiving a fantastic homemade invitation when they’re invited to your party, shower or any celebration.
I’ve been busy creating lots of great new invitation designs and I wanted to share this one with you. I just love the beautiful chartreuse green combined with a crisp white to create this super cute birthday invitation!
The supplies for this invitation are super easy to use and find too! Basically all you need is some cardstock, ribbon, and paper flowers and you’re set! I’ve listed the exact supply list for you below to make it even easier!
To make this invitation, the process goes much quicker when you cut all the paper first other than your text sheet, which includes the green cardstock. The white cardstock needs to be cut to a size of 8-1/2″x 5-1/2″, which is actually a standard size of paper cut in half. You will be able to make two invitations per each sheet of paper
The next step is to determine a text layout for your invitation. I always use my printshop program to design my layouts, but any computer wordprocessing program should work. Set your page to a horizontal layout. Next, create a text block on the left side of the paper. Determine the wording you will be using. I thought of a cute little rhyme for this invitation since it’s for a little girl’s 4th birthday…
“April showers have brought May flowers
and a birthday once more…
Please join us as
blooms and turns four!”
I also used a delicate cursive font for the wording and printed it in brown ink so that it blended well with the overall design of the invitation.
Remember to leave a margin at the top and bottom for the ribbon and flowers. I usually use a trial and error printing to determine if my text will work right. Be sure to use an inexpensive printer paper rather than your good cardstock to help save costs!
Once the text layout is correct, copy and paste that text block to the right side to give you two text sheets per one sheet of paper. Then start printing them on the white cardstock.
After the printing is finished, cut your text layer to a size of 8″x 5″.
The next step is an easy one! To assemble the invitation, using scrapbook mounting squares, attach the green cardstock to the white cardstock. Be sure to keep it centered so it doesn’t look sloppy.
Next, take a length of ribbon and wrap it around both layers near the bottom leaving about a 1/4″ reveal of green cardstock below it. Attach it with the mounting squares on the back.
Finally, using the jeweled florettes, attach some larger ones on the ribbon on the bottom. I like to place them staggered, like they’re dancing across the paper. Then attach some smaller ones on the top as if they’re cascading down the invitation. You could also use your imagination and come up with different ways to place the flowers!
That’s it! Now all you have to do is mail them out and wait for the party! What a beautiful invitation that really took no time at all!
Let me know what you think about this design! I love to hear everyone’s input! I’d also love to hear about some great invitations you’ve made by hand!
You can visit my website, EasyMadeInvitations.com, to see all the invitations I’ve designed and to get inspiration to create your own! Visit often to see what’s new!