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Create Unique Invitations for Your Special Event

Creating a unique invitation is a nice touch for any event. It can be a bit labor intensive but once you work out the template you can just fly through the production. Enlisting the help of a good friend or family members can help the task go quickly and can be a fun activity if all materials are organized and ready to go.

Supplies and Tools Needed for Invitations

The following general supplies are easily obtained at office supply, craft and scrapbooking stores:

  • - Blank bi-fold cards
  • - Decorative paper and cardstock
  • - Punches, paper cutters and decorative edging scissors
  • - Stickers and embellishments
  • - Fasteners of all kinds such as brads, clips and staples
  • - Ribbon in a variety of colors, widths, patterns and textures
  • - Tape runners, adhesives and glues

 Formal or Casual

A formal event will require formal invitations, but this doesn’t mean that you have to go out and have engraved invitations made. Select decorative papers that have a simple, elegant design.  Print out the invitation text on your computer using a formal font on pearlized or semi-transparent paper for a special touch. Embellishments should be minimal and classy looking such as a ribbon accent in a subtle color attached with a small decorative brad. Two or three coordinated decorative papers can be arranged on the front of the card with corners rounded and punched with a decorative punch. The trick is to keep it subtle, elegant and classy.

A casual party or event provides an opportunity to have a little more fun with the invitation. Consider the theme of the party and choose papers and cardstock that are in keeping with the event. You might consider embellishments that are related specifically to the event. You might use raffia and checks or plaids if it is a barbecue.  If it is a ladies coffee-klatch or afternoon tea, consider using a little lace or a cut-out of a cup and spoon or a tea-bag design for an embellishment.

Large or Small Events

If you are making invitations for a large event then cost is going to be more of a consideration. You should first check the office supply stores for bulk cardstock and blank cards in large quantities.

 Work out a design that can be easily assembled. You will want to set up some sort of production line with a station set up for each task.

Cut all pieces of paper or cardstock to the required size and stack them up. If you are going to round off the corners, you can have that as the next step for someone using a corner punch. Another station might be to glue or hole-punch or tie a ribbon on to the card. Think through each step and supply the tools and materials at each station.

A small event will not require large quantities and each card can be different. If you just have ten cards to make you might want to stick with a color theme but use the materials differently on each card to create a unique original for each person.

Non-traditional materials for card making can be found around your home. Think about repurposing and recycling items if you are making a smaller number of invitations.

Consider using manila file folders for the foundation of the card. You might be able to cut as many as four cards out of one folder.  Old Christmas and birthday cards that you might have saved can be cut up and repurposed or can be used as a foundation if you want to glue other papers and embellishments on top of it.

Embellishments that can be found around the house are buttons, paper clips, old costume jewelry, thread, yarn, tags and stickers, game board pieces and pieces of small toys.

Decorative papers that can be reused might include wrapping paper, decorative napkins or pieces of fabric that can be decoupaged, playing cards from old decks that have cards missing and pictures cut from magazines or catalogs. You might lay a few different items together on your copier and run off some new unique design to use. (I once put legos on my copier and ran off some great looking decorative paper).

Let your own style come through with your design. If you make your invitations unique, you will also be giving a small piece of art to each guest.

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Comments (2)

It is more personable to make your own invitations when possible.

Hi Judith: Even for a craft-challenged person, like I am, your article is well written, artfully presented and keeps the reader intrigued. Recommended.