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DIY Invitations

Make Your Own Party Invitations and Wedding Invitations


There are many reasons to choose DIY invitations over store-bought versions, including cost and personalization. You can save money by designing your own invites. You can create a more personalized invitation that expresses who you are, fits a specific party theme, or incorporates personal elements such as photos. Use these tips and resources to combine paper, computer, crafts, and more for diy invitations for parties or do it yourself wedding invitations. You can also turn store-bought cards or colorful card stock into first class invitations. Get ready to party!

Parts of an Invitation

Wedding Invitation

Greeting cards and invitations have basically the same parts. Of course you can make an invitation any way you like. But become familiar with the basic aspects of invites first.

Make sure your invitation contains the vital statistics: 

  • Who: Tell them who is throwing the party, hosting the event, or who is getting married.
  • What: Is it a wedding, a reception, a costume party, a potluck dinner, a sleepover, a fund-raising event, or something else? Describe the event.
  • Where: Give an address. Supply a map. See: Giving Guests Good Driving Directions from About.com Entertaining.
  • When: Don't forget the date(s)!
  • Why: This might be implicit in the What but for some events you might want to include more details for some events such as a mini-bio of the guests of honor or the history of the organization if it's a fund-raising event.
  • How: Tell guests how to contact you. Give a phone number or email address. Ask for an RSVP. If children or other guests are allowed (or discouraged) this would be information to include.

DIY Invitation Wording

Even if we know we need to include certain information in an invitation, sometimes it's difficult to decide how best to put it all together. Use these wording ideas and suggestions.

Software for Invitations

Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 8 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

You can make your invitations completely by hand; however, using a computer and software can be faster, allow for more uniform cards, and you don't need a lot of craft supplies. These software programs feature ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art, fonts, or other extras to make it easy to design and print your own cards, announcements, or DIY invitations. Some do other print projects as well such as labels or fliers or scrapbooks while others are devoted primarily just to greeting cards and invitations. They generally don't cost a lot of money and there's even a free option on each list.

Templates for Invitations and Envelopes

HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards

You don't necessarily need special software for DIY invitations. If you have Microsoft Word or some desktop publishing software or even graphics software it works just as well. Those programs may have some templates for invitations, but chances are the selection is limited. Browse these template collections to find a suitable design that you can use as-is or modify to suit your needs. And don't forget the envelopes!

DIY Invitation Letter

Don't fret over finding the right clip art or the perfect card template. Use pre-designed holiday papers. Choose colors appropriate to the season or theme and a nice, readable font. Put your time and effort into writing a nice invitation letter and having a fun party. Bonus: You can purchase a box of standard letter size envelopes for these invites. Dress up the envelope with stickers or rubber stamps.

For some formal events a letter is better than a card as the invite. Learn How To Approach Writing Formal Invitation Letters and Materials for Meetings from About.com Event Planning,

DIY Birthday Party Invitations



DIY Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitation
Wedding invite by jewel4599

Here comes the bride full of pride in the beautiful wedding invites crafted with care by following these tips and tricks. "I do" believe you'll find elegant fonts, templates, and tutorials for creating wedding and anniversary announcements and related bridal and wedding materials with computer software and printing.

DIY New Year's & Super Bowl Party Invitations

Ring in the New Year with a classy party invitation for December 31st or invite your football loving friends over for a casual Super Bowl get together in January.

DIY Thanksgiving & Christmas Party Invitations

Christmas Cards Envelope Templates
Image by Jacci Howard Bear

Invite friends and family to your house for a cornucopia of good times and good food or a visit with Santa. An easy Christmas party DIY invitation idea: Purchase inexpensive printed Christmas cards or print up one of the printable templates at the links, below, that are blank on the inside. Choose a nice, readable font and print up your party invitation details on plain white or colored card stock (perhaps matched to your card) cut to fit inside your greeting card. 

DIY Halloween Party Invitations

Front of Halloween card created in Microsoft Publisher 2010.
© J. Bear

Invite guests into your web for a howling good time at Halloween.


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