- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
So I, like many brides, decided to go the DIY invitation route. Below are 2 images. One from when I was getting started, and one with the finished product. They are not at all what I originally planned on making, and not quite as fancy as I visioned, but I still think they turned out wonderful. Especially for creating them all by hand with nothing but a printer, paper cutter, ribbons, and bulk packs of 8.5X11 paper. Directions on what I did will be posted below 🙂 Sorry I didn’t take pictures during the process, but I will explain it the best I can. Feel free to ask any questions if I’m not clear 🙂 Enjoy!
And the finished product…
What I did:
Bought 5 x 25pack of bulk 8.5X11 cover weight cardstock from cards and pockets in color Cobalt. (looks more Navy Blue than the photo, which is perfect for our wedding colors of Navy and champagne/ivory)
Cut the Cobalt paper for the backings into sizes 5X7 for the invitation, 4.5X6.5 for the Directions card, and 5X3.5 for the RSVP card.
I printed out each invitation and card on white cardstock bought in packs of 100 from Walmart. The sizes were 4.5X6.5 for the invitations, 4X6 for the directions card, and 4.5X3 for the RSVP card.
I then took the scraps of cut off Cobalt paper and had them cut to 1X4.5 inches. Then took a smaller ivory/champagne ribbon (1/4″ I think?) and laid it over the top with about a 1/4 of ribbon hanging off the ends of the cobalt paper. I took the 1.75X1.75″ monograms squares I printed out using photoshop, and using adhesive tape, put two lines of adhesive on the backside of the monogram and pushed it onto the ribbon and cobalt paper, just slightly above the middle of the cobalt piece. I the turned the entire piece around so that I was looking at the back of the cobalt strip, took the ribbon that was hanging over the edge, folded it down onto the back, and taped the adhesive tape over the top of it. I made two more adhesive tape lines down the length of the cobalt strip, positions it on the invitation and pressed down to make it stick.
Finally, I stacked all 3 cards onto of eachother, took 1/4″ ribbon, and tied them all together vertically. Placed them in an envelope, and TA-DA! My DIY Invitations. Was LOTS of work, but I think it was worth it 🙂