Instead of using flat store-bought invitations for your bridal shower, create your own. Make the invitations 3-D to add flair. Using products found at your local crafts store and pieces of colored cardstock, your handmade invitations will reflect your shower theme with a 3-D pop.
Choose any color of 6-by-8-inch cardstock that matches your bridal shower's theme. Fold the cardstock in half to create a 6-inch by 4-inch bi-fold invitation. On the inside of the card, write your shower information. To add a 3-D touch to the invitations, use hot glue to attach silk flowers to the front of the card. Choose one large flower to take up the entire front of the card or several small flowers to make a design. For example, if the bride-to-be intends to use daisies in her bouquet, use a large silk daisy. Or, if she chose an Asian look for her wedding style, draw or paint a tree branch on the front of the card and attach small cherry blossoms to the branch. Apply the same concept to silk butterflies.
Another option is to attach 2-D images to the front of an invitation with small springs to make it 3-D. Cut a piece of colored card stock into a 5-by-7-inch rectangle. On one side of the cardstock, write or print the shower details. On the other side, attach the 3-D detailing. Draw an image on a piece of white cardstock measuring no more than 3-by-5 inches; for example, a wedding cake or a flower bouquet. Cut out the image and attach a small spring to the back using hot glue. Attach the other end of the spring to the front center of the card, also using hot glue. Find springs at your local craft store or make your own by wrapping a florist wire around a pencil.
Instead of using a spring to make an image 3-D, use a piece of craft foam. If you are not comfortable hand-drawing images for the invitation and want an image to work with, purchase a basic bridal shower invitation from your local party supply store. Choose one that has a simple image on the front, such as a wedding dress or a pair of wedding rings. Purchase twice the number of invitations you intend to send. Cut the images out of the front of half of the cards and attach them to the other half of the cards. Cut a 1/4-inch square from a piece of craft foam. Apply craft glue to both sides of the foam and attach one side to the cut-out image and the other side to the card. Place the image directly over the printed image on the card.
Using stickers for scrapbooking is another way to create 3-D invitations at home. Begin with a blank card from a party supply store for the basic construction. Attach 3-D scrapbooking stickers to the front. Most scrapbooking decorations have sticky backs; if the ones you choose do not, use craft glue or hot glue to attach them to the card. Use wedding dress and tuxedo stickers or a ringbearer pillow.
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