How To Craft Your Own Invitations
If you're hosting a party, whether it's a children's party or a wedding, you might want to make the invitations yourself - This can save you a lot of money, as well as allowing you to be much more creative with your design choices.
The tutorials below focus on the best, most creative techniques and ideas for passing your party details to your guests, such as using balloons, garlands and cotton reels. There are invite DIYs specifically for weddings and Halloween parties, plus designs to print out for free.
I hope you find this page inspiring :-)
Invitation- & Card-Making Books
Creative Invite Tutorials
- Funny Face Invites
Humorous photographic invitations.
- Dinner Party Invitations
Fun pop-up design.
- Mini Balloon Invites
Simple and sweet DIY idea.
- Message in an Egg
Thoughtful idea for extra special messages.
- Message in a Bottle
A whimsical way to deliver a party invite.
- String Invitations
A quick and simple way of packaging your invite.
- Flower Pots
Cute pots with printable flowers.
- Paper Boat
Original and fun nautical themed design.
- Cotton Reel Message
Print your own message on fabric so the recipient can unravel it.
- Scroll Invitations
How to make fancy scrolls.
- Linen Invitations
Printed invitations with a quality feel.
- Pop-Up Invite
Use this technique to add a simple pop-up to any card.
- Film Strip Invite
Cool idea for a fun party invite.
- Hand Stamped & Hand Sewn
Very simple and easy to make.
- Dinner Party Menu
Menu invite themed for restaurant and dinner parties.
- Halloween Coffin
Fun 3D invitations with toy skeletons.
- Nail Polish Idea
Perfect for girly, glamorous parties or spa day invites.
Interactive Picnic Invite
Kid's Party Invites
- T-Shirt Invites
Cute idea for partywear freebies.
- Invites for Camping
With a pop-up tent design.
- Boat Toy Invite
Totally cute and kids would love it.
- Ticket Invitation
Include an 'Admit One' removeable ticket.
- Pop-Up Space Themed Card
With a moon and rocket design.
- Under the Sea Party
Great idea for a pool or beach party.
- Winnie the Pooh
Honey bear themed bottled invites.
- Disney Invitations
Cute Mickey mouse shaped cards.
- Dino Dig Idea
Awesome box of dinosaur bones which the party details are attached to.
- Mini Frisbee Idea
Little frisbee toys that handily fit in a CD packet.
- Marshmallow Invites
Fun but classy message bottles with added sweets.
- Mini Beach Ball Invites
Such a perfect idea for a summer pool party.
Polaroid Photo Invitations
More Unique Invite Ideas
- Art Party Crayons
Artistic minded people will love this clever packaging DIY.
- Blow-Up Balloon Invite
Write your party details on a balloon for an interactive invite idea.
- Pool Party Idea
Personalized photo card with a fun use for a drinking straw!
- Film Roll Canisters
Awesome idea to roll up your invite inside an old film canister.
- DIY Basketball Sneakers
Cute printable shoes...with added shoelaces!
Fortune Cookie Invites
You could make fabric or card fortune cookies, or even bake real ones.
Photo from momfetti.com.
- Calligraphy Tutorials
Learn calligraphy (or learn the cheat way!) to add fancy lettering to cards and envelopes.
- DIY Wax seal
Create your own wax seal using Sculpey clay.
- Majestic Pearl Invitation
Add flocked paper for a luxury feel.
- Special Touches for Invites
Ways to made your invitations extra special.
- Ticket Wedding Invitation
Whimsical carnival themed design.
- Piano Roll
Interesting design on a paper scroll.
- 5 of the Best Examples
Five beautiful invites including a travel inspired set.
- Tying The Knot
Simple and clever idea for wedding invites.
Message in a Bottle
DIY Halloween Invitations
- X-Ray Image
Transparency image of an apple and a razor blade.
- Bat Party Invitations
Funny personalized bat design.
- 12 Spooky Invite Tutorials
Including skeleton hands and free printables.
- Mummified Invites
Wrap gauze around the paper for a fun effect.
- Disney Halloween Invitations
A spooktacular invite for children's parties.
- Mad Scientist Invites
With a test tube full of toy spiders!
- Jointed Skeletons
One of my favourite Halloween designs.
- Halloween Scare Mail
With moving jointed wings.
- Message in a Bottle
Perfectly themed potion bottle invites.
Spooky Halloween Invitations
Free Invite Designs to Print
- How About Orange Freebies
A variety of classy invites for different occasions.
- Map Envelopes
Print your own envelopes detailing a chosen location.
- Ouija Board Invite & More
Great themed downloads and ideas including crayon box invites.
- Ice Cream Party
Free to download invite designs.
- Monster Party Invites
Fun printable invitations which are monster themed.
- Movie Themed Printables
Invitations, envelope liners and popcorn bag designs.
- Pirate Party Printable
With curly script font for a swashbuckling invite.
- Ahoy Matey!
Cartoon pirate invite for kid's parties.
- Halloween Printables
Adorable Halloween monster graphics to download.
- Train Invitations
Quality train design for printing out your kid's cute invites.
'Top Secret' Folder
This invitation was made for a M*A*S*H themed 60th surprise birthday party!
More Printable Card Downloads
- Birthday Invite
With a colorful bunting design.
- Baby Shower Invitation
Very pretty image with a sewing stitch embellishment.
- Butterfly Invites
Perfect for a little girl's birthday.
- Lego Invitation
Tri-fold card design for a Lego themed party.
- 16 Party Printables
Professional designs for year-round celebrations.
- Let's Picnic!
Such a pretty design, delivered in a cute gingham pocket.
- Date Night Invites
A range of date night activity printables to choose from.
How to Make a Confetti Invitation
What You Will Need:
* A4 Clear acetate sheets
* Sewing machine (or decorative tape such as Washi tape)
* Tissue paper in various colors
* A4 paper to print on
* Computer & printer
* Circular paper punch or a regular hole punch (optional)
- Cut an acetate sheet in half both ways to produce 4 identical rectangles.
- Type out your invitation details on the computer (inside a text box if possible to make them easier to move around the screen), print them onto regular paper, and cut them out. You can probably print the details up to 10 times on a single sheet.
The resulting pieces can be any size as long as they're equal to or smaller than the acetate rectangles. In the diagram above I have shown a small square of paper being used (approx. 2" x 2").
- Thread your sewing machine up and use the zig-zag stitch to attach each piece of paper onto the center of half of the acetate rectangles. Make sure your machine can handle it and go slow! If you don't have a sewing machine you can use decorative tape to attach the paper to the acetate instead.
- Line up each of these acetate rectangles on top of an acetate rectangle without paper attached. So you will have one rectangle with paper sewn on, and underneath that a plain acetate rectangle.
- Use zig-zag stitch to sew along 3 of the edges of the acetate to join the 2 pieces together. Leave a short edge unsewn. If you don't have a sewing machine you can join the acetate pieces by folding decorative tape in half lengthways over the joined edges
- Use a circle or hole punch to cut many circles out of tissue paper. If you don't have a punch, fold the tissue paper many times and cut a circle out freehand.
- Put as many of these circles as you like in each of the acetate pouches you have created. Try to spread the paper circles out evenly between the acetate sheets.
- Zig-zag stitch across the open side of the pouches to lock the circles inside.
- Slightly round off the corners of the acetate rectangles so they aren't sharp.
Lego Themed Invitation
Balloons, Garlands & More
- Floral Plantable Card
How to make seeded card from which you can make your invites.
- Using Fabric on Invites
How to sew fabric onto card for an added texture.
- Balloon Invites
Add a bit of spectacle to your invite-giving.
- Pirate Treasure Map
Crinkle the paper to age the look of the invite.
- Ice-Cream Cards
With a textured ice-cream cone.
- Frog Invite Idea
Easy idea where the details are written on the tongue.
- Paper Garland Idea
Really creative technique for a fun invite.
- Origami Heart Note
Lovely technique which could be used for an invitation message.
- Confetti Egg Notes
Fun but messy way of delivering save-the-dates and other messages.
Simple Owl Invite
Fun Invitation How-Tos
- Party Crayons
Print the party details and wrap them around individual crayons.
- Electric Guitar Invite
A design created for a Hannah Montana party.
- Detective Party Invite
Fun interactive invitation with a riddle to solve.
- Craft Party Invitation
Using cotton reels and yarn for a fun reveal.
- Scratch-Off Tickets
Brilliant technique where you can hide your message under paint.
- Cocktail Party
Creative pull-out design in the shape of a cocktail glass.
- Ice Lolly Summer Invites
Use glassine and vellum paper for a frosty look.
- Halloween Bats
Easy bat invites with swinging wings.
- Confetti Invitations
Simple and fun idea, using glassine paper to good effect.
Garden Party Invite
Booklet Wedding Invitation
Invitation Websites, Ideas & Inspiration
- Martha Stewart
A wide range of invitation ideas including some free printables.
- Oh Happy Day Archives
Lots of cool ideas including balloons and book invites.
- Make Your Own Invitations
Lots of printables for birthdays, graduations and more.
- Do-It-Yourself Invitations
Step-by-step tutorials and downloads.
- Green Wedding Shoes
Popular wedding website with some nice DIY ideas.
- Invitation Inspiration & Printables
Lots of cool and original ideas, plus freebies to print.
- Homemade Invitations Gallery
Lots of invites people have made, to give inspiration to others.
- Cut Out And Keep
Pages of inspiration aand projects.
- Vinyl Record Invite
Fab retro idea inspired by vinyl records.
Invitation Tutorial Videos
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