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★ DIY Invitation Tutorials | Roundup of Wedding & Birthday Party Invites | Free Printables & How Tos ★

Updated on January 24, 2015
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How To Craft Your Own Invitations

If you're hosting a party, whether it's a children's party or a wedding, you might want to make the invitations yourself - This can save you a lot of money, as well as allowing you to be much more creative with your design choices.

The tutorials below focus on the best, most creative techniques and ideas for passing your party details to your guests, such as using balloons, garlands and cotton reels. There are invite DIYs specifically for weddings and Halloween parties, plus designs to print out for free.

I hope you find this page inspiring :-)

Scroll Invitations

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Invitation- & Card-Making Books

Pop-Up Cards and Invitations
Pop-Up Cards and Invitations

This book is actually a kit containing 15 printed designs that are ready to

cut-out, assemble and use! There is a varied selection of colorful pop-ups to choose from, and you can learn the techniques in a practical hands-on way.

 
Creative Cards: 40 Projects for Handmade Invitations, Greeting Cards, Gift Wrap and More
Creative Cards: 40 Projects for Handmade Invitations, Greeting Cards, Gift Wrap and More

The basics of cardmaking are covered in this book, plus there are 40 tutorials for creating all kinds of cards including kid's party and baby shower invitations.

 
The Cardmaker's Workbook: The Complete Guide to Design, Color, and Construction Techniques for Beautiful Cards
The Cardmaker's Workbook: The Complete Guide to Design, Color, and Construction Techniques for Beautiful Cards

An excellent reference book for card makers that provides instructions, photos and a lot of design inspiration.

 
Joy of Cardmaking, Collector's Edition  (Leisure Arts #4606) (Paper Crafts)
Joy of Cardmaking, Collector's Edition (Leisure Arts #4606) (Paper Crafts)

A library of 90 impressive cards to replicate yourself - you'll never be stuck for ideas with the suggestions in this book.

 

Baking Invitations

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Interactive Picnic Invite

With removable cut-out cutlery!
With removable cut-out cutlery! | Source

Polaroid Photo Invitations

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Ladybug Card

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Fortune Cookie Invites

You could make fabric or card fortune cookies, or even bake real ones.

Photo from momfetti.com.

Message in a Bottle

Brilliant idea for a pirate themed birthday party.
Brilliant idea for a pirate themed birthday party. | Source

Spooky Halloween Invitations

With severed Fimo fingers!
With severed Fimo fingers! | Source

'Top Secret' Folder

This invitation was made for a M*A*S*H themed 60th surprise birthday party!

Photo from Troy G. Artwork on Flickr. More artwork can be found at Troy-G.com

How to Make a Confetti Invitation

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invitations-diy-confetti

What You Will Need:

* A4 Clear acetate sheets

* Sewing machine (or decorative tape such as Washi tape)

* Scissors

* Ruler

* Tissue paper in various colors

* A4 paper to print on

* Computer & printer

* Circular paper punch or a regular hole punch (optional)


- Cut an acetate sheet in half both ways to produce 4 identical rectangles.

- Type out your invitation details on the computer (inside a text box if possible to make them easier to move around the screen), print them onto regular paper, and cut them out. You can probably print the details up to 10 times on a single sheet.

The resulting pieces can be any size as long as they're equal to or smaller than the acetate rectangles. In the diagram above I have shown a small square of paper being used (approx. 2" x 2").

- Thread your sewing machine up and use the zig-zag stitch to attach each piece of paper onto the center of half of the acetate rectangles. Make sure your machine can handle it and go slow! If you don't have a sewing machine you can use decorative tape to attach the paper to the acetate instead.

- Line up each of these acetate rectangles on top of an acetate rectangle without paper attached. So you will have one rectangle with paper sewn on, and underneath that a plain acetate rectangle.

- Use zig-zag stitch to sew along 3 of the edges of the acetate to join the 2 pieces together. Leave a short edge unsewn. If you don't have a sewing machine you can join the acetate pieces by folding decorative tape in half lengthways over the joined edges

- Use a circle or hole punch to cut many circles out of tissue paper. If you don't have a punch, fold the tissue paper many times and cut a circle out freehand.

- Put as many of these circles as you like in each of the acetate pouches you have created. Try to spread the paper circles out evenly between the acetate sheets.

- Zig-zag stitch across the open side of the pouches to lock the circles inside.

- Slightly round off the corners of the acetate rectangles so they aren't sharp.

- Finished!

Lego Themed Invitation

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Simple Owl Invite

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Garden Party Invite

Simple but very pretty brown card invite with summery fabric wrapped around the card with string.
Simple but very pretty brown card invite with summery fabric wrapped around the card with string. | Source

Booklet Wedding Invitation

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Invitation Tutorial Videos

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      Ana 4 years ago

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