How to Make Homemade Art Deco Wedding Invitations

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How to Make Homemade Art Deco Wedding Invitations
Homemade invitations add an elegant personal touch to your wedding. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Art Deco, a design movement prevalent in the 1920s and 1930s, was characterised by simplicity of line and lack of clutter, and a white, black and silver colour scheme is typical of the period. Creating your own Art Deco wedding invitations on a computer is as simple as typing your text in a black Deco-style typeface within a properly sized format and printing the number of copies you require on white paper. Trim each copy to the proper size and mount it on a silver backing to complete an invitation with a striking Art Deco look.

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Stylus
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • 12-inch by 12-inch silver card stock
  • White paper
  • Black ink
  • 6 1/2 by 6 1/2-inch white envelopes

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  1. 1

    Write the text of your invitation on white paper -- by hand or on the computer -- in an Art Deco font such as Parisian, Kingsbury, Helvetica or Revlon. Lay out your text in a format that fits a 5-inch by 5-inch area including a 1/2-inch allowance for margins on all sides.

  2. 2

    Print the number of copies you require and use the scissors to cut off any excess white paper so the finished size of the text paper is 5 inches by 5 inches, including a 1/2-inch margin on all sides.

  3. 3

    Cut each sheet of 12-inch by 12-inch silver card stock into four equal parts with a craft knife and ruler. Using the ruler as your guide cut down the centre of each sheet from top to bottom, and across the centre of each sheet from side to side. This will yield four pieces that measure 6 inches by 6 inches for the backing of four invitations.

  4. 4

    Measure 1/2 inch in from each edge of the 6-inch squares of silver card stock backing and mark the measurement lightly with a stylus. This will act as a guide for centring the 5-inch by 5-inch white text paper when it is glued to the silver backing.

  5. 5

    Place a piece of silver backing on a work surface, silver side up.

  6. 6

    Place a 5-inch by 5-inch piece of white text paper, text side down, on the work surface and

    spray lightly with adhesive.

  7. 7

    Place the adhesive side of the white text paper down on the silver backing with the text facing up, centring it on the measured marks made with the stylus. You now have the white text paper glued to the silver backing with 1/2 inch of silver backing framing the text on all sides.

Tips and warnings

  • Art Deco font styles can be downloaded from the Internet.
  • If you wish to enclose reply cards, cut the 6-inch by 6-inch pieces into four equal pieces measuring 3 inches by 3 inches and apply 2 1/2-inch by 2 1/2-inch white text paper with your message in matching Art Deco font. Don't forget to include appropriately sized self-addressed and stamped envelopes for the reply cards.

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