DIYourselfers have taken over the country by storm, and what can I say, I am definitely guilty of jumping on this cost-saving bandwagon. Last year, my best friend asked me to host/plan her baby shower and of course, I happily accepted, but because it was a co-ed shindig, I knew I’d have my hands full with DIY projects. The first assignment on my checklist? 50 baby shower invitations, yes you’ve read it right, 5-0. After receiving the guest list, I immediately knew that buying cute custom cards would be out of the question, it would easily skyrocket over $100. Instead, because I had most of the tools at home, I bought only about $30 worth of materials to make these diaper themed baby shower invitations.
Cute, right?! I researched many pinspirational images and fused several ideas together to create this look. It’s fairly easy to make but to be honest, pretty time consuming; However, I do think the end result was totally worth it.
The following materials are needed:
- 8 1/2” x 11” Printed cardstock
- Neutral colored cardstock, cut to 4” x 5 1/2”
- White printer paper, cut to 3 1/2” x 5”
- 1/8” ribbon (I used ribbons that were similar in color to the neutral cardstock)
- Adhesive dot roller
- X-acto blade & Self healing mat (optional)
- 4 3/8” x 5 3/4″ Envelopes (not pictured)
Because my printed cardstock were 12” x 12” in size, I had to cut them into 8 ½” x 11” sheets in order to print the diaper template from my printer. You also want to cut your neutral colored cardstock into 4” x 5 ½” pieces, then your white printer paper into 3 ½” x 5” pieces.
IF you want to save some time, try to find a guillotine paper trimmer. I actually went to Kinko’s and used theirs and let me tell you, it reduced the cutting time in half!
After this step is completed, you are now ready to print.
Click this diaper template link to download the PDF.
Print this diaper template on to the blank side of your patterned cardstock. Before you start printing, make sure your page size options are set to ‘actual size’ or ‘100%’ under your printer options.
Next, download this Invitation Template and enter the appropriate information. Print this to your 3 ½” x 5” white printer paper.
Since I made 50 invitations, I had to tie 150 ribbons which was probably the most labor intensive part of making this card. By the 75th ribbon, I honestly wanted to throw the spool out the window. Just make sure to take breaks, otherwise I promise, your fingers will cramp.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial…Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!
Cheers to all of the creative minds and DIYourselfers. :)