Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fine Paper + DIY Invitations = splash of culture and color

Fine paper, such as that found at Paper Source, is a great source for wedding design inspiration. It is also one of the easiest ways to add a quick burst of culture and set the stage for your entire wedding. It is a visual cue that says formal, playful, ethnic, romantic or modern and immediate brands your celebration.
{source: paper source}

We love the idea of DIY Wedding paper products - invitations, place cards, programs/favors - that incorporate finely crafted, colorful paper. And being that this is the end of South Asian wedding week, here are some DIY projects and examples to help show off that beautiful culture and add your personal touch.

DIY Wedding Invitation
I have expanded this DIY Wedding Invitation project I found over at Marigold Events and thank them for letting us share the basics with you. Most of these product pieces are from Paper Source but you can find them at any local craft store.  For this project, we will be using the Half Moon Enclosure but the same techniques apply to other types of enclosures.

You will need: 
  • Decorative Paper - The Paper Source has a gorgeous collection of culturally inspired designs that would be a perfect addition to any wedding paper suite - Indian, European, Italian, Japanese, Thai. As they say on their site, “Lovingly crafted in different parts of the globe, each design is unique and inspiring.”  Here is a selection from the Indian Papers collection that I am personally grooving on these days.  The sheets vary in size so do the calculations before you buy.


  • Half Moon Enclosure  - 5″ x 7″,  The half circle cut out allows a portion of your invitation to peek through the top – a great place to include a small graphic element.
  • Flat Paper (white, ivory, cream) 8.5″ x 11″- Choose between COVER or TEXT weight, depending on how much dimension you want.
  • Flat Card in color of your choice  A7 (5″ x 7″) Go for a less light shade so the colorful paper and light invitation will pop in contrast.
  • Outer Envelope A7 (5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″)
  • Satin ribbon in color of your choice - One to two inch is a good width.
  • Paper Cutter, Scissors, Double Stick Tape or glue stick, Pencil, Ruler

Steps to create the invitation:
  1. Open a Word Document in Microsoft Word and change the orientation to landscape.
  2. Make two text boxes, each 4 3/4″ x 6 7/8″ in dimension.
  3. Type out your invitation text into the text boxes, using your favorite font. Da Font has some great choices not regularly available in Word.
  4. Print out the document on Flat Paper (8.5″ x 11″) and using the paper cutter, cut along the edges of each invitation. You should get two per page.
  5. Mount the Flat Paper on the A7 Flat Card using double stick tape or glue stick. This creates a contrast and a layering effect.
  6. For a triple layer effect, attach a rectangle of decorative paper at 4 3/4″ x 6 7/8″ to the Flat Card. Make your invitations 1/4” smaller and mount onto of the decorative paper as in Step 5. You leave a hint of culture and color peeking around the invite.  
  7. Cut out a strip of the decorative paper about 3-4 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the half moon enclosure completely.
  8. Adhere the decorative strip around the enclosure with double sided tape or a glue stick. This adds a beautiful accent to your envelope.
  9. Now take the wide satin ribbon at 2.5 times the length of the half moon enclosure (approx. 12.5″). Cut the ends of the ribbon into a “V” shape, so the edges don’t fray. It also add a professional feel.
  10. Wrap the ribbon length wise along the invitation card, right in the middle, and insert it in the half moon envelope. The invitation can be pulled out using this ribbon and adds a nice touch to the invitation.
  11. Now put the invitation in the outer A7 envelope and send off to your guests.
Here are some inspiration pictures for other ways to use decorative paper to brand you wedding- meaning carrying the theme or color scheme throughout the entire celebration.

This is a super cute DIY Tea Favor using decorative paper as the closure. For instructions on how to create this, head over to de Lovely Affair's DIY Projects and Freebies page.

Paper wrapped sweet treat as a place card. Simply add a tag with the guest's name and table. We {heart} this...a lot.
{Source: Once Wed}

Decorative paper can serve as the background for the reception menu.
Follow the same instructions as the invitation to created a dimensional layered look.
Jean M}

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See you next week for more deLovliness!

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