Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wedding Invitation DIY

Linking up with Stephanie today to show y'all my Invitation DIY from Pinterest! 



I'm not really sure what gave me the bright idea to line all 85 of our invitation envelopes, but I did. It took forever but I think it made a huge difference in the appearance of our invitations. You can see the whole invitation here... 

I searched Pinterest for how to do the lining exactly and found this pin....



Overall, it was pretty simple, just time consuming. 

What you'll need: 
Envelopes
Pencil
Ruler
Exacto Knife
pretty paper
a piece of scrap paper
double sided tape (I used a glue stick) 

1. First, trace your envelope on a scrap piece of paper. 

2. Use your ruler to make a pattern slightly smaller than the tracing. You want to leave enough room for the adhesive strip. I also used the envelope again and just slid it down slightly from the first tracing to trace the top line again inside the lines.

3. Cut out the pattern and trace it on the opposite side of your decorative paper.

4. Cut out the traced shape from the decorative paper.

5. Place the paper in the envelope and fold the crease. Then, remove the paper and apply the double-sided tape to the back of the paper.

6. Carefully put the paper back in the envelope and press to seal the paper to the envelope. All done!






Then when it came time to address them, I remembered that I had pinned something at the beginning of my planning about "faking" calligraphy. So in order to save money on paying a calligrapher, I tried this out. 



Unfortunately, this pin didn't lead directly to any directions, but luckily the picture was self-explanatory. 

I downloaded the font I wanted from dafont.com, made a template of our envelope in Microsoft word, changed the color to a lighter pink and printed away. 

This was before I wrote over it... 


Then I used a hot pink papermate marker pen and wrote over all 85 addresses. 

All done! 


It's really hard to tell the difference from the pictures. But in person it made a huge difference and alot of people asked me if I did that myself or if I paid someone to do it. Which means, people noticed!! 

I really think these 2 very time consuming details were worth it!! I was so happy with how unique our invitations were!


17 comments:

ImarriedAtexan said...

Nice! I would lose it doing some thing so detailed but it makes your invite so personal and special!

Kara said...

How perfect! Your "calligraphy" rocks! And I've never tried lining envelopes, but I bet it'd take foreverr. Your wedding is getting SO close! Can't wait to see pictures. :)

Katie said...

Love it! thanks for linking up with us. Have you met Steph before? So many Houston bloggers I love it! Wish we had a big group here...xoxo

Michelle said...

Your invitations look fab! I love the personal touch that the 'calligraphy' adds! (and I'm sure they couldn't even tell you 'cheated') Going to have to keep this in mind...I'm a sucker for typography but can never seem to get it as perfect as it looks in my mind.

xo michelle
peggyandbea.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

OMG 1) you are BRAVE to sit there and do that to ALL your invitations! You must have the patience of a saint!! 2) they turned out SO good!!!! I LOVE the colors you're going with!!

Thanks so much for linkin up with us!! xoxo

Melanie said...

That is so cool. Great job!
Visiting from the link-up! :)

Katie said...

I love the fake calligraphy! And the envelope liners really make it pop, but I can't imagine how long that would take... Lol

Carolyn said...

OMG! That font thing is GENIUS!! Seriously. So smart. And I LOVE lined envelopes... so pretty!

Holly said...

Finally some 'pins' that were worth a flip. These are both such great ideas. You did a crazy good job on the calligraphy!

Ashley Barnhill said...

WOW! I don't know how you had the patience to do this!! They look SO good! I never would have thought to trace printed addresses - genius!

Tara Badeaux said...

Fact: I was super impressed because I thought you hand wrote all of those. I'm still super impressed because it looked awesome in person!

Krystal said...

That is such a good idea!!! Love it!!

Katie @ Chronicles of KT said...

Looks great!! I lined my envelopes too but I had over 200!! It's time consuming but I love the presentation!!!

Katie @ Chronicles of KT said...

Looks great!! I lined my envelopes too but I had over 200!! It's time consuming but I love the presentation!!!

Amber said...

LOVE it! So cute, but you have way more patience than I do! ;)

Carly Ann said...

I love this! And I think that if something is more affordable, I don't care if it takes more time!

Laura said...

I LOVE the calligraphy trick..I so wish I had done that with our invitations! They look fantastic!

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