Today I’m so happy to welcome Lindsay from Easy Made Invitations as a guest blogger. Lindsay’s site is dedicated to teaching you how to make your own, beautiful homemade invitations, and today she’s showing us how to make 1st birthday invitations.
What I love about Lindsay’s work is that she totally gets that while you want great invitations, and you may love some DIY crafting, you probably don’t have hours to devote to these projects. Just like her, you probably have a lot of other demands on your time — most importantly, your children.
Here is Lindsay with the instructions for making your own oh-so-sweet first birthday invitation.
Hi! I’m Lindsay with really easy steps for making your own colorful striped birthday invitation. If you’d like to make this invitation, then just follow these simple steps…
The first step is to cut out all the paper possible, other than the text sheet, and put them into piles. This makes the assembly process much faster. Cut the striped (or other fun print paper) to a size of 8-1/2″x 5-1/2″. Next, cut the yellow cardstock to a size of 7-1/2″x 4-1/2″.
Now you will need to determine a text layout. I like to use my printshop program for my invitations. Start by choosing a vertical page layout. Create a text box near the top. You can then type in your information for your party. For this 1st birthday invitation, I thought it would be fun to add a cute saying…
“Sweets and treats and lots of fun,
let’s celebrate as
Then continue by adding the rest of your party information. I used a fairly plain print font for the main body, but a cute italicized font for the name. I also printed the main body in orange and the name in red, to help blend all the colors together.
To make sure that your text is positioned correctly, you may need to use trial and error printing until you have it correct. Print one out and compare it to your other pages to determine if it will fit well. Remember to leave a larger margin on the left side for the candle. Once you have a good position, copy and paste the text box to the bottom of the page too. This will give you two text sheets per one sheet of paper.
Now, just print out the text on the white cardstock. Once it’s printed, cut it to a size of 7″x 4″.
For the next step, cut a length of ribbon and tie a bow around one birthday candle.
Finally is the assembly process, which is really simple! Using scrapbook mounting squares, attach the white cardstock to the yellow cardstock, then attach those two layers to the striped layer. Finally, using either mounting squares or a hot glue gun, attach the candle to the white cardstock. Be sure to keep everything centered!
You’re done! I love making super easy, super cute homemade invitations, especially for birthdays and I really enjoyed sharing this tutorial with you!
What if you love Lindsay’s invitations but don’t have any DIY time? You’re in luck! Lindsay also offers her invitations in her Etsy shop, Easy Made Invitations.
If you give this invitation a try, we’d love to see photos of your results.