Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Guest Post - Handmade Invitations

Delighted to hand our blog over to Candice today, one of our stylists as she explains how she made her daughters party invitations.

It has become a tradition in our house that the making of the birthday invitations is a team effort – Its her party after all!  

Admittedly my daughter does have a party-planning mum - but its her enthusiasm about her impending birthday (and child-like abandon with the glitter) that seems to make her birthday invitations really special.

Our past efforts have involved her tea-staining Pirate maps before lightly baked them or making vintage key bracelets for her Alice in Wonderland party invites, so we had to come up with something equally fun.

This year she has chosen a Wizard of Oz party and we thought what better way to invite her friends than from the Wizard of Oz himself on a sparkly scroll! 

To make our invitations:

We halved gardening dowels (as they helpfully come in green!), but you could use any dowels and paint to your chosen colour scheme.

My daughter was in charge of dipping the dowel ends in PVA and glittering the 160 ends required(!).

Whilst she was quietly busy doing this, I set to work in making and printing the scrolls.

Loosely fold some A4 paper(card is too thick to roll once you have mounted the invite). 

Pinch only an inch in the folded center and use a hole punch to create two holes in the center of the paper. 

Cut a piece of ribbon the length of A4 paper and have your child thread the ribbon through the holes.
Spray mount your trimmed printed invitations directly on top of this loop and trim the edges to fit your sticks.

When your glittered sticks have dried, use a strip of double sided tape at each end to secure the sticks into place.

Roll the scroll up from each end and use the ribbons from the underside of the invitation to secure it closed at the front.

We have glittered some circular discs for the name tags.  The boys with tin men and the girls with ruby slippers!

As half term has arrived why not encourage your child to get involved and see what you can come up with together.  

Love Candice x

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