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Free Printable Birthday Party Invitations for Adults and Kids

Updated on February 20, 2015
Please scroll down to see all the free artwork
Please scroll down to see all the free artwork

Whether your taste is formal or whimsical or anything in between, one of these birthday invitation templates will probably suit your needs. There are colorful designs for babies, kids and adults, and you can't beat the price -- they're free!

If you've never made your own invites before, you'll find complete instructions for downloading and prepping the artwork for printing further down on this page. Also, you can find plenty more free printable birthday invitations on my blog.

Scroll down to see all the designs and read the instructions. Please also note the terms of use below the instructions.

Whimsical Birthday Invites

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Invitation with blue birthday hat and balloon on white backgroundPink birthday hat and balloon on white backgroundBlue birthday hat and balloon on purple backgroundPink birthday hat and balloon on periwinkle backgroundBlue and yellow birthday balloons on white backgroundPink and purple birthday balloons on white backgroundOrange and purple butterflies on white backgroundPurple crocus flower on white backgroundPink tulip on white backgroundChoo-choo train on white backgroundBusy bee on white background
Invitation with blue birthday hat and balloon on white background
Invitation with blue birthday hat and balloon on white background
Pink birthday hat and balloon on white background
Pink birthday hat and balloon on white background
Blue birthday hat and balloon on purple background
Blue birthday hat and balloon on purple background
Pink birthday hat and balloon on periwinkle background
Pink birthday hat and balloon on periwinkle background
Blue and yellow birthday balloons on white background
Blue and yellow birthday balloons on white background
Pink and purple birthday balloons on white background
Pink and purple birthday balloons on white background
Orange and purple butterflies on white background
Orange and purple butterflies on white background
Purple crocus flower on white background
Purple crocus flower on white background
Pink tulip on white background
Pink tulip on white background
Choo-choo train on white background
Choo-choo train on white background
Busy bee on white background
Busy bee on white background

Formal Birthday or Holiday

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Black formal floral filigree on white background -- great for holiday partiesDark blue formal floral filigree on white background -- perfect for New Year partiesAubergine formal floral filigree on white background -- great for New Year partiesTeal formal floral filigree on white background -- great for holiday parties
Black formal floral filigree on white background -- great for holiday parties
Black formal floral filigree on white background -- great for holiday parties
Dark blue formal floral filigree on white background -- perfect for New Year parties
Dark blue formal floral filigree on white background -- perfect for New Year parties
Aubergine formal floral filigree on white background -- great for New Year parties
Aubergine formal floral filigree on white background -- great for New Year parties
Teal formal floral filigree on white background -- great for holiday parties
Teal formal floral filigree on white background -- great for holiday parties

Instructions

1. Download the design you like

Please read the terms of use below before downloading.

To download, choose a thumbnail version of any of the birthday invitation images. When you click on one, it will appear larger.

If you have a PC, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. If you're a Mac user, control-click the image until you get a pop-up menu that will give you an option to save the file.

2. Paste the art into a word processing document

These templates are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". They were designed to be printed four at a time on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet and to fit into A2 envelopes, which are 4 3/8" x 5 3/4". (See the right column to order A2 envelopes from Amazon.com if you don't have any.) But you might have a problem printing four of the designs on one page if they have "bleeds," which means the color background or any part of the design goes right up to the edge of the invitation. Most home printers don't allow for bleeds. So if you want to print one of the designs that bleeds, you can either make the artwork a little smaller, use a larger cardstock size or only put two on a sheet.

You can paste the artwork into a word processing document in a variety of ways. If you're going to use just one or two on a page, you can either copy a larger size image from this page and paste it into the document or you can insert it as clip art. For one, two or more on a page, you can also build a table with the number of invitations you want to have on the page and insert the artwork into it or you can insert one image into a text box, size it and copy it into the document as many times as you want.

If you're going to use multiple invitations on a page, make sure to get the first one the exact size you want it before copying and pasting more of them. You don't want them different sizes! A good way to test to make sure the first one is the right size is to put it into the document and print the page. That will let you know whether you need to make it larger or smaller.

Once you have the correct size and you want to paste in the other copies of the artwork, you might want to "butt" them together, meaning that the edge of one invitation is right up against another. That will make them easier to cut after they're printed, because one cut will cut the edges of two invitations.

3. Print

You'll want to use card stock for these. I advise using the heaviest weight card stock your printer will take. If you don't know what that weight is, I suggest you look it up in your printer manual or on the manufacturer's web site. Keep in mind that if the card stock is too heavy, it won't print or will jam. If it's too light, the invitation will be flimsy.

4. Cut

Using a paper cutter is the most efficient method for making straight cuts. If you don't have a paper cutter and you don't want to your local office supply store to cut them, you can use a craft knife and a ruler. You can also use scissors, although the edges obviously won't be as straight. If you have to use scissors, some of the invitation designs might look nice if you use decorator-edge scissors that create a pattern, such as zig-zags or waves.

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Terms of Use

You are free to use these images for personal use or to make invitations for friends or family. But you may not sell these invitation templates in any form, printed or digital; group them into a collection and give them away; or incorporate them into products without permission. If you have any questions or special requests, please contact Carla at info [@] vintageholidaycrafts [.com].

These images were created at Picnik.com, the free online graphics and photo editing program, and use of the individual illustrations in the designs are subject to Picnik's terms of service. (You can read their terms by going to Picnik.com and clicking the terms link on the bottom of the page.)

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Photo courtesy of Karen Barefoot
Photo courtesy of Karen Barefoot

Written content for this page created by Carla Chadwick of B2B Content Solutions.

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      AnnaDeadesign 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot.

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      JESSIEJMESSIE 

      7 years ago

      THIS IS A SO COOL SITE YOU CAN GET AWESOME INVITATIONS!

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      mummydearest 

      7 years ago

      fantastic and super helpful. most openingly sharing site i've visited so far.

      p.s: could u add a carnival theme b'day invite too:)

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      kaytlingibbs 

      7 years ago

      they are all beautiful

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      Carla Chadwick 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for your comment, Ladybird33. I'm glad you like them.

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      Ladybird33 

      9 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Lovely and helpful. Thank you

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      Carla Chadwick 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the kind words, Nancy. :-)

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Unique and beautifully done pieces of work...

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      Carla Chadwick 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks! :-)

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      R Burow 

      9 years ago from Florida, United States

      The printables are always so great, and these are no exception. Thanks.

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      Carla Chadwick 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Ethel.

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      These look fun

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      Carla Chadwick 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome! I hope you find them useful. :-)

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      These are great. Thank you. Birthdays are coming up.

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