Ten Ways to Makeover a Wedding Invitation

Can a store-bought wedding invitation be changed up for ten different looks?  And can it be accomplished on a budget?  You bet!

Using simple and inexpensive ideas, a standard invitation package was transformedinvitation-group[1] into ten unique, stylish versions. This DIY invitation  comes to us from Shelly and Megan, the creative mother/daughter team who founded online retailer, Paper Mojo.

For this makeover, Shelly used a classic Rossi patterned decorative sheet from the Flowers collection (TSC 027).

Here are Shelly’s simple instructions:

#1: Add an envelope liner

#1 Add an envelope liner. Our invitation came with a square flap envelope.  All it takes is one square of cut paper and double-sided tape to secure the liner.  With the extra paper, we added a wide belly band, holding all the pieces together, neat and tidy.

#2: Add a fuscia backer card

 

#2 Add a Fuscia backer card.  The purchased invitation is actually a little smaller than 5” x 7” (4.875” x 6.878”), making it easy to add a standard size backer card.

 

 

#3: all pieces backed with black cardstock

 

 

#3 Add drama with black.  Adding black backer sheets provides a thicker border and focuses the eye on the invite copy.

 

#4: Black backer laminated with Flowered sheet, cord tie and tag

 

 

#4 Create a package by laminating to the Rossi paper. Add a black cord tie and tag. Who doesn’t love to open a package!

 

#5: Add a fancy pocket

 

 

#5 Adding a fancy pocket  organizes the content – response card, directions, etc.. especially if you prefer to keep the front side completely original.

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#6  Add the Rossi sheet to the back of the invitation, directions and response card and tie the bundle together with a coordinating ribbon. This is another good way to introduce color and pattern into your invitation.

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#7 Create a gatefold by placing the invite on larger paper – 5 x 7- then scoring and folding the sides. Add a bellyband and secure with an elegant monogram tag.

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#8 Add a contrasting color envelope and backer card for a country look.  Switch the envelope to a pointed flap and you have a completely different look.

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#9 Use a bit of origami style folding to create a decorative paper closure on a folded card. The result looks elegant and classic and holds the invitation together in a unique way. Inside, a simple band secures the invitation enclosures.

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#10  Add elegance with a pocket fold invitation jacket. They’re available in a variety of sizes and shapes so a standard size invitation will nicely fill the center panel. The pocket fold is lined like an envelope and the outside gets a layered seal, allowing it to easily open and close.

Shelly says that most of these ideas work well for a beginner paper crafter and require only basic paper crafting tools like scissors and paper cutter or trimmer.  What’s truly amazing is the affordability …. usually only a few dollars to completely transform the look.

Want to learn more?  Shelly provides detailed instructions, a cost breakdown, and additional photos on the Paper Mojo website.

For more information, visit www.rossi1931.it

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