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DIY Wedding Invitations
If you want to make your own wedding invitations, but aren't sure what's involved or where to begin, we're here to help! We have all the materials and resources you'll need to create beautiful, personal DIY wedding invitations. Below you'll learn more about our extensive collection of paper and envelopes, decorative embellishments, crafting tools, and online resources that will help you through the invitation process.
Early in the wedding planning process, make sure to see our Wedding Checklist & Stationery Timeline with an overview of when to do what for all things wedding.
Paper & Envelopes
Here are our white papers in order from the lightest/brightest white to the creamiest white (deepest color):
If you want to get more familiar with our color palette, order our handy dandy Swatchbook with paper samples of our entire line.
How much paper to order
Embossed Printable Invitations
Once you have a basic idea you can create a template to your invitation card size. Type out your invitation, then start playing with the following elements:
Create and print a number of designs, get some input from family and friends, and ultimately choose the one that to which you feel the most connected!
If you want to make your own invitations, but don't want to take on the printing you should consider having your invitations printed for you and doing the assembly at home. Inquire with your local copy centers about printing a design you created, or use our Custom Printing services to print just an invitation card.
Enclosures = An enclosure is used to hold an invitation and often additional components such as response cards, reception cards, etc. Some feature pockets to hold extras, others have sides that fold in to keep your items secure. We have 6 enclosure styles within 3 size categories - 5" square, A7 and A9. Learn more about how to use our enclosures.
If you use an enclosure, you want to use an enclosure flat card for your invitation so it fits nicely inside without having to do any cutting or trimming. Here are the enclosure-flat card pairings:Halfmoon enclosure with half-moon/pocket folder enclosure flat card (invitation)
Folder enclosure with half-moon/pocket folder enclosure flat card (invitation)
Linear enclosure with half-moon/pocket folder enclosure flat card (invitation)
Gatefold enclosure with pointed flap/gatefold flat card (invitation)
Petal enclosure with 5" square flat card (invitation)
Diagonal folder enclosure with 5 1/4" square flat card (invitation)
Backings = A flat card that is slightly larger than your invitation can be used as a backing. You mount your invitation onto a flat card, which creates a thin border and adds heft to the invitation. We have flat cards that are sized to work together as an invitation and backing so you don't have to do any cutting or trimming. Here are some pairings that work perfectly together:
A7 flat card (backing) with half-moon/pocket folder enclosure flat card (invitation)
Sashes = Paper sashes are a great way to add color or pattern to an invitation. Sashes can be wrapped around an invitation, either as permanent embellishment or one that should be removed. They can also be wrapped around enclosures creating a lovely presentation. Sashes are easy to create at home - just cut strips in the desired width and long enough to wrap around and overlap slightly. We also offer pre-cut sashes in various styles that measure 1.5" x 11".
Ribbon = Ribbon can be used in the same way as sashes, and can even be used layered on top of a sash. Choose a material (satin, grosgrain, velvet, silk), width and color that fit your style, and wrap around your invitation or enclosure. You can tie a bow or square knot for a lovely presentation. If you are using ribbon, make sure you test a finished invitation in an envelope to ensure that all your pieces and a bow will fit appropriately into your envelope.
Envelope Liners = Lining envelopes is incredibly easy to do and is an unexpected touch for your invitation. Choose an envelope liner made from a solid paper or one from a decorative paper with a particular pattern or texture that adds to your presentation. You can make your own envelope liners from any paper using our Envelope Liner Template Kit, which includes templates for making liners for these envelope sizes: 4bar, A2, A6, A7, A9, 5 3/4" square and 6 1/2" square. We also offer pre-cut envelope liners in a variety of patterns. All you need to do is slide them inside your envelope and adhere.
One important thing to note with envelope liners, if you plan to emboss your return address, you must do this step first before adding your liner.
Outer Envelopes = We carry outer envelopes (A7.5) that correspond to our A7 envelopes. An outer envelope is meant to protect the inner envelope and all of its contents from postal service machines (which can sometimes leave marks) and anything else within which your invitation could come in contact. The extra layer also ensures that your invitation, any embellishments and enclosed cards stay neatly together. Here are a few things to know about using outer envelopes:
Return Address Embosser = A return address embosser is a great way to add your return address to the flaps of your wedding envelopes. An embosser uses a metal plate to impress your address into the envelope paper (much like Braille). This is an easy step and saves you from having to print or handwrite your return address. Please note use of a return address embosser plate requires a desk embosser sold separately.
Tools You Might Need
Paper Cutter = If you use our flat card and enclosure flat cards with coordinating backings and enclosures, you won't have to do any cutting. But if you plan to cut custom card sizes or make your own sashes, a paper cutter is a great tool.
Xyron = Our favorite way to apply adhesive to just about anything and wonderful for making invitations. If you are mounting an invitation to a backing or enclosure, you can run your invitation through the Xyron machine to apply an even layer of adhesive. You can also use it to apply adhesive to paper sashes and even ribbon. If you are not interested in a Xyron machine, there are many other types of permanent and removable adhesive available.
Scissors = Keep a pair of sharp scissors on hand for making invitations. This is especially important if you're working with ribbon - the only way to cut nice, tidy edges on ribbon is with super sharp scissors. In fact, designate a pair of new scissors for ribbon-only use so the blades stay sharp.
Ruler = A ruler is great to have on hand for lining up layers and achieving consistency with placement (e.g. sashes).
Bone Folder = Even if you've never used a bone folder before, consider it for making invitations. A bone folder is ideal for making creases for easy and clean folds in cover weight paper and for smoothing layers that you've adhered together.
We recommend using an assembly line method for assembling invitations. Divide the assembly steps into stations and assign one person to each station. For example, if you are creating a mounted A7 invitation suite, your stations could be as follows:
Station one = Run the printed invitation through the Xyron machine to apply adhesive
If you have additional steps like lining envelopes, you can work that into the flow.