DIY Birthday Invitations for Teens

by Lane Cummings
A birthday invite for teens should be memorable and hip.

A birthday invite for teens should be memorable and hip.

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Teens are often gurus of trends, pop culture and all things hip. That's why making anything yourself that's designed to spark the interest of teenagers can be an intimidating task. With the leaps and bounds that technology is making each day and the technological fluency of most teenagers, a simple task like creating invitations to a birthday party for teens can seem even more daunting. Luckily you can make your own one-of-a-kind invitations by linking old-fashioned techniques with more modern ones.

Items you will need

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sparkly cord
  • Marker
  • Scanner
  • Computer
Step 1

Assemble a stack of magazines and start cutting out images of things that you know the guest of honor loves, such as beloved movie stars and musicians, films, sports, foods and clothes. Really try to be specific by finding pictures of items that you know the birthday boy or girl truly loves. The more specific it is, the better.

Step 2

Arrange the items on a piece of 8 1/2-inch-by-11-inch cardstock. Experiment with the layout until you're fully satisfied. Once you're satisfied, pick up each image one by one and rub a dab of glue from your glue stick underneath it.

Step 3

Cut four pieces of sparkly cord that are the same length as each side of your card stock and lightly glue them down to frame the collage you've just made. Pick a bold color of cord, such as hot pink or neon blue.

Step 4

Cut out various letters from the stack of magazines so that you have enough letters to spell out the name of the guest of honor plus an apostrophe a letter S and the letters to spell out the abbreviation "B-Day". Select bold, large letters so that the words really pop.

Step 5

Arrange the letters on the front of your card in the middle, overlapping the images. For example, the invitation will now read "Sarah's B-day". You can even add an exclamation point.

Step 6

Flip the card over and choose a thick, bold marker in a neon color. Write the facts about the part in all caps, such as the time, date and address of the party. This will give the other side of the invite an edgy, handwritten appearance.

Step 7

Scan the front and back of your card and upload the scanned image to your computer. Email the image to all the invited guests as an attachment.


  • "The Hipster Librarian's Guide to Teen Craft Projects"; Tina Coleman, et al; 2008

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