A baby shower invitation creates excitement for the party, gives a glimpse of the theme and provides the first impression of the big event. Homemade invitations allow the addition of a personal touch that will be appreciated by guests and parents-to-be. Enlist the help of a few creative friends to tackle the task in one session.
Items you will need
- Cardstock in dark green and light green
- Small green buttons
- Hole punch
Cut a piece of cardstock in half. This will allow two invitations per sheet. A darker shade of green works well for a sweet pea theme.
Create a leaf template to trace onto each piece of cardstock. A simple leaf with a rounded top and pointed bottom is best. Make it slightly smaller than the cardstock to which it will be mounted.
Trace the leaf onto a lighter shade of green cardstock.
Cut out the leaf with scissors and glue to the center of the darker green cardstock. Use wavy-edged craft scissors for a leafy effect or create waves around the perimeter with regular scissors.
Use a marker to write the title at the top of the leaf. Ideas include "Sweet Pea Shower!" or personalize it with "Celebrate Mona's Sweet Pea!"
Glue three small green buttons centered below the invitation's title. These are the "peas."
Make a pea pod template from cardstock large enough to hold the three buttons. Shape it like a hammock or a mouth turned up in a smile.
Trace the pea pod onto the darker shade of cardstock.
Cut out the pea pod and attach just under the buttons with a brad on each end of the pod. It should look as if the buttons are the peas resting in the pod.
Embellish the edges around the pod by drawing swirly vines with a marker.
Write the shower information below the pea pod. Include who the shower is for, time and date, the host, RSVP information, the location and directions if necessary.
Punch two holes at the top center of the invitation about 1 inch apart.
Attach a 6-inch piece of ribbon by threading each end from the back to the front, then securing in a bow.
Tips & Warnings
- Add colors, textures or personal touches as desired to create an original invitation. Match the ribbon color to the sex of the baby or include the mom-to-be's favorite color or pattern in the cardstock.
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