Card Crafts: DIY Invitations for Birthdays, Holidays, Weddings and More

Card Crafts: DIY Invitations for Birthdays, Holidays, Weddings and More

Whether you're unhappy with the selection available on the retail market, want an obscure pattern or color combo, or simply want to flex your own creative muscles, DIY invitations can be a great solution when you're planning a party. But unless you've developed a relationship with your local stationery store, it can be confusing to figure out what materials you need to get the look you want. Here are some tips to help you create the best invitations for your event, without breaking the bank.

Design Software

With a general word processing program, you can easily get your party information organized and formatted with party-appropriate fonts, borders, clip art and other images. Or you can go the more advanced route with graphics software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, which allow for even more creative possibilities. Whichever method you use, print your designed invitation right up to the edges of the sheet to avoid having to trim later - a printer like the PIXMA iP8720 is capable of borderless printing. For smaller cards, print multiple invitations on each sheet of paper and cut them to the appropriate size later.

Paper Stock

One of the main factors determining the design of your invitations is the paper you select. For general birthday invites, photo paper or cardstock will work quite nicely - but a wedding might call for a more elegant touch. Try printing your party information on a sheet of vellum paper, then use a decorative grommet, colored stapler or paper punch and ribbon to secure it against a piece of colored cardstock. Embellishments like beads and lace can add great appeal to plain paper invitations.


Speaking of paper, ensure that you're using the appropriate ink coverage for the paper you've chosen for your invitations. For example, if you're printing on glossy photo paper, ensure you've selected the proper paper type in the printer properties and have set the ink coverage to ensure a high quality print. You'll also need to adjust your paper size settings if you're not printing to a standard 8.5 x 11-inch sheet. Lastly, to keep the prints from curling, use the manual feed tray so the paper enters and exits the printer flat.

General Tips

Blogger Craftaholics Anonymous offers some helpful tips when designing your DIY invitations:

  • Pick a few colors and stick with them to set the tone for your party guests.
  • Determine your budget ahead of time so you know just how much you can splurge on envelopes and better-quality paper.
  • Pick a finished size that's close enough to standard to fit inside a readily-available envelope. Specialty envelopes - and the postage it takes to mail irregular sizes - can increase an already tight budget.
  • Proofread your invitation thoroughly before you print! There's nothing worse than having a houseful of guests showing up a day before you think your party is planned.


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