DIY Birthday Invitations

In my post a couple of weeks ago, I talked about the various things you need to create a themed party, and it all starts with the invitation. There are so many cute ideas for invitations out there, and using electronic invitations is certainly one way to go, but for something like this, I like an old fashioned paper invitation. Kind of sets the tone for everything else.

In the past, I’ve made invitations for graduation parties and weddings. For the boys’ birthday parties, I’ve used Etsy to find what I wanted to match my theme. This year, as I searched to find something that really went with the theme, I came across one invitation that looked like the Daily Planet. So cute! It was available to purchase through Etsy, and was reasonable, but why do that when I can create it myself.  To do this at home, you need just average Word skills, a printer and paper.

What you need:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Heavy Paper (not cardstock but resume weight)
  • Envelopes (I used #9 envelopes)
  • Printer

How to assemble:

  1. I start by drawing out what I want the finished product to look like. My drawing skills are awful, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. But its a place to start.
  2. In Word, search for a template that suits the layout you’re looking for. I found one that was a newsletter that contained a header and two columns.
  3. Using the template, begin to input your text in the spaces you want it. For instance, create your banner at the top with the appropriate text. Don’t worry about getting the font right yet. Get everything where you want it first.
  4. Remove any extra elements of the template that you don’t want to use. This will help you see how your text falls on the page.
  5. Format your text with the fonts and sizes you’d like. Color the background of your text boxes to suit your theme. In my case, I pixelated some of the colors using the style function to give the background a comic book feel.
  6. Rearrange your text boxes to fit the way you want them. This is all done by trial and error.
  7. Insert any graphics you want to use. In mine, I used the planet, Superman and Batman. In Word, it allows you to search for images that can be used copywrite free. I would suggest that you not try to sell anything that has a trademark, since you may find yourself in a heap of trouble.
  8. Once you are happy with your invitation, print on regular paper to see how it looks. Adjust as needed.
  9. Load your printer with the invitation paper, and print the appropriate number.
  10. Address your envelopes. I used the Merge function in Word to do it, but you can do it by hand. It’s super easy to do with Word, if you already have an address list that you can choose from (which I do).
  11. Get your stamps and mail!

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