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How to Make…Chic but Cheap DIY Invitations

Cheap DIY Invitations


Chic but Cheap DIY Invitations for you to make

We know that many of you are on a tight budget but would still like really chic wedding stationery. With this in mind, we challenged ourselves to come up with a really cheap invitation that looked ridiculously expensive. And here’s what we came up with.

Would you believe furthermore that these invitations can be made for less than 65p each?

Here’s some instructions to help you get started…

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For each invitation you will need:

2/3 sheet of Matt off White Card BUY
1/3 sheet of Matt off White Paper BUY
10.5cm of May Arts Ivory Lace BUY

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1/6 sheet of decorative paper of your choice.
(starting at the top left and working clockwise, we have used…..

1) Amelia Paper in Powder Blue BUY
2) Amelia Embossed Paper in Ivory BUY
3) Amelia Paper in Nude BUY
4) Amelia Flocked Paper in White BUY
5) Amelia Paper in Pink BUY
6) Amelia Paper in Lilac BUY

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1 Dior Bow in your choice of colour
(starting at the top left and working clockwise, we have used…..

Pale Blue double dior bow BUY
White Double Dior Bow BUY
Our Ivory Double Dior Bow BUY
Ivory Double Dior Bow BUY
Dusky Pink Single Dior Bow BUY
Ivory Double Dior Bow BUY

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Your choice of Self adhesive pearl or crystal
(starting at the top left and working clockwise, we have used…..

Self adhesive pearl – blue/aqua BUY
6mm self adhesive pearl BUY
Self adhesive pearl in pink/lilac BUY
6mm self adhesive pearl BUY
Self adhesive pearl in pink/lilac BUY
6mm self adhesive crystal. BUY

Other things you might need:

Tape Runner BUY
Paper Trimmer BUY
Hot melt glue gun (although this is not strictly necessary) BUY
Pack of DL envelopes BUY

A ruler and a pencil and a sharp scissors will also be handy.

 

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Instructions

Firstly print your invitation wording on to the A4 sheet of paper and cut down to size using a paper trimmer. You should be able to print 3 copies on each sheet. Therefore the finished size of your invitation panel should be 20cm wide x 9.5cm high.
REMEMBER – Keep your wording set off to the right hand side, leaving a gap of about 9cm on the left.

Secondly use your paper trimmer to cut a piece of card 10.5cm x 21cm.

Then cut a second piece of card 10cm x 20.5cm.

After cutting a second piece use your tape runner to stick the smaller piece of card on to the larger piece of card, making sure you keep the borders even. Once you have done this, stick your invitation panel on top.

Then take your ruler and measure 6.8cm from the top left hand side of the invitation and make a light mark with your pencil. Repeat this process on the bottom left of your card and then join the dots using a light line from your pencil (using your ruler as a guide). As a result you should now have a very light line running from the top to the bottom of your card on the left hand side.

Take your tape runner and run a line of double sided tape along the pencil mark, making sure you keep the tape to the left of the line. Cut a piece of Ivory lace about 11cm long. After that press it firmly on to the double sided tape with the patterned edge facing towards the printed wording. As a result you will have some the loose ends. Use your scissors to trim carefully therefore.

Cut a piece of your decorative paper 7cm wide x 10.5cm high. Use your double sided tape runner to stick this on to the left side of your invitation, making sure that the edges match up well.

Run a line of tape down the middle of your patterned paper and press the dior bow in to place (make sure that it is straight). After that pass the loose ends of the dior bow around the back of the card. Carefully cut the loose ends of the dior bow so that you have about 6cm spare on each side. Run a line of tape down the back of the card, following the line of the ribbon. Starting at the bottom, press the ribbon on to the double sided tape. Once you have done this, press the top end of the ribbon on to the double sided tape. You can then use a hot melt glue gun or a little bit more double sided tape to secure the unstuck end.

Lastly peel off your choice of self adhesive embellishment and press it in to place in the centre of your dior bow (at the front of the invitation)

And you’re done! You have a beautiful invitation that you’ve made completely yourself!! Well done 😉

TIP…..you can drastically change the look of the invitation just by choosing different papers, prints or textures.

 

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