Make cute homemade invitations with different-colored card stock, patterned paper, ribbon, stencils and stickers. Homemade invitations give a personal and warm touch to party invites, and they make sentimental keepsakes that people will treasure to remind them of the occasion. Use colors that go with your party's theme or occasion, such as school colors for a graduation party, blue or pink for a baby's birthday party, or black and orange for a Halloween party.
Items you will need
- Colored card stock, base color
- Straight-edged ruler
- Pencil with eraser
- Matching patterned paper, 12 inches by 12 inches
- Craft glue stick
- Colored card stock, complementing color
- Ribbon, 1/2 inch
- Craft knife
- Party-themed rubber stamps with ink pad
- Letter stickers
Cut the base color card stock into 5 1/2-inch-by-7 1/4-inch rectangles. Make a light pencil mark across the center of the card, drawing along the straight edge of the ruler to make an even line to use as a fold guide. The bottom half of the front of the card stock will be the front, the top half of the front of the card stock will be the back, and the back of the card stock will be the interior.
Transfer the dimensions of the bottom half of the card front to the patterned paper and cut it out. Glue the patterned paper to the card stock with a craft glue stick. Cut a length of ribbon to fit either lengthwise or widthwise on the front of the card. If your card is going to be oriented vertically, glue the ribbon 1 inch in from the open edge of the card to make a border. If your card is oriented horizontally, glue the ribbon 2 inches up from the bottom open end of the card.
Trace animals, cute cupcakes, or items that match the theme of your party onto the complementing color card stock. Cut the pieces out with a craft knife for clean-cut edges. Glue the paper cutouts onto your card; leave space for letters at the top of the page.
Cut a small 2 1/4-inch square out of complementary colored card stock. Stamp onto the card a greeting that corresponds to your party, such as "Happy Birthday" or "Merry Christmas."
Set the ruler on the top of the card, leaving enough space so the letter stickers can fit, and use the ruler as a guide as you place the letters onto the card to make the words straight. Put words that correspond with your party's theme such as "You're Invited" or "Announcing the Graduation of" at the top of the card.
Write a message on the interior of the card along with the date, time and location of your party, RSVP info, and the occasion for the party. If you are holding a themed party like a Halloween costume party, write that as well.
Tips & Warnings
- Look for blank cards packaged with envelopes at your local craft store if you don't want to cut out the cards individually. They make a low-cost base for your homemade invitations.
- Use size A2 envelopes that are 4 3/8 inches by 5 3/4 inches in size for your homemade invitations.