I meant to post this last week, but life happened in a very real way, and well, the blog (and everything else) had to take a back seat. Priorities, ya know? Anywho, I’m really excited to share today’s DIY project with you. It’s been exactly two months (holy does time ever fly!) since we tied the knot, and I finally packed all of our wedding DIYs (the ones we kept anyway, in a little ‘wedding box’). I had way too much fun making all of our wedding touches, but I’d have to say one of the things I worked the hardest on were our wedding invitations. I wanted them to be perfect and really reflect the style of the wedding – rustic, rustic, and rustic. I created a few different options, but this one was by far my favourite. Even if you have basic design skills and a little creativity, making your own wedding invitations isn’t hard, it’s just time consuming. So for all those crafty brides out there, I hope you like this tutorial for these DIY rustic and lace wedding invitations!
What you’ll need:
- Kraft card stock
- 3.5″ lace
- White card stock (I used 110lb)
- White and pale yellow baker’s twine
- Tag punch
- Hole punch (I used a Crop-a-Dile)
- Glue gun and other paper adhesive (I used the Scotch Pink Advanced Tape Glider)
- A web design program (I used InDesign)
- Cricut machine
- Paper trimmer (one that cuts card stock)
- A really good calligrapher – I used Lauren, from A Fabulous Fete for some calligraphy (I got her to create digital files for me so that I could make my own stuff – but she makes her own stuff as well!)
I just realized that in the excitement of making some of my wedding projects that I forgot to take step-by-step pictures – so you’ll have to envision the process (although it’s really easy, so not much imagination is required!)
Step 1: Create your digital files using the following dimensions:
- Invitations – 4.5 x 6.5″
- RSVPs – 4.5 x 3.5″
- Tags – to fit your quote/saying, whatever you choose to use
A Fabulous Fete created the ‘Amber + Paul’ and ‘to have + to hold’ calligraphy digital file for me, which I inserted digitally. The main font I used was ‘Travelling Typewriter‘ (free!) and the all caps font I used was ‘Julius Sans One‘ (also free!). RSVP font: Quickpen.
Once you’re happy with your design, print out a copy of each of the above and crop them using a paper trimmer (to use this as a test). (It’s also easier to see flaws once something is printed). Punch your tag using the tag punch and punch a tiny hole on the left side using your hole punch.
Step 2: Cut the kraft card stock to the following dimensions:
- Invitation – 5 x 7″
- ‘Pouch’ to hold invitation – 5.3 x 4″
- RSVP – 5 X 4″
- Step 3: Make sure everything looks good together. Ensure the sizing of the white invitations align with the kraft card stock properly before you go printing all your invitations and realize they don’t match up the way you like. Once all is good, print away/cut them out. Punch the tags with the tag punch and make holes in them with the hole punch.
Step 4: Adhere the ‘pouch’ to the 5 x 7″ card stock. To do this, I used the tape adhesive gun to line the sides/bottom of the pouch (leave the top part unglued, so that you can slide the invitations in afterwards. I originally had cut the pouches to 5 x 4″, but I was having a hard time lining them up to match the invitation, so I instead cut them to 5.3 x 4″, so had a little extra wiggle room, and then just trimmed off the edges.)
Step 5: Adhere your RSVPs to the RSVP card stock (again, I just lined each of the four edges using the adhesive glider).
Step 6: Cut your lace. Trim each piece of lace so they fully wrap around the invitations and overlap slightly in the back. Adhere to the card stock with the glue gun or other adhesive as desired.
Step 7: Cut strips of baker’s twine so the wrap around your invitation (I wrapped mine around 3 times, then added the tag, tied a bow and trimmed the excess twine)
Step 8: Slide your invitations into the pouch, and your RSVPs in behind them.
- Final step: Admire your handiwork, nurse your glue gun burns and have a relaxing bath to soothe your sore back. For more DIY wedding projects, check out my save the dates, vows books andFREE ‘I Spy’ printable.
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