How to make a tuxedo card craft

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How to make a tuxedo card craft
Create a tuxedo card for a special occasion. (groomsmen image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

A tuxedo card is a fun presentation for an anniversary, Father's Day, wedding or just as a love note to a special man in your life. In a few minutes' time, you can make a card that's sure to make someone smile and that will save you the expense of buying a card in the store. Get crafty and put together a custom tuxedo card for your next special occasion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Black velvet
  • Needle
  • 4 miniature black brads
  • 4 inches of 5/8-inch ribbon
  • Glue
  • 3 inches of 1 1/2-inch ribbon
  • Rose corsage sticker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download a tuxedo card template (see Resources). Cut out the pieces. Trace the jacket pieces on the black cardstock; trace the shirt pieces on white cardstock; trace the jacket folds on black velvet. Cut out all the pieces.

  2. 2

    Carefully cut a slit in the centre of the collar of the white shirt. Fold the collar down to the right and left to create two folds like the open collar of a dress shirt. Fold the back of the jacket along the dotted lines.

  3. 3

    Poke holes through the dots on the white shirt with a needle. Poke miniature black brads through the holes to serve as buttons.

  4. 4

    Cut a 4-inch-long piece of 5/8-inch-wide ribbon in your colour choice for the bowtie. Fold the ends of the ribbon inward so you're left with a 1 1/8-inch-long loop. Glue the ends onto the back of the ribbon to hold it in place. Wrap a thin piece of wire around the centre to pinch the ribbon. Wrap a small piece of ribbon around the wire to cover and then glue it onto the back. Glue the ribbon bowtie onto the white shirt.

  5. 5

    Place the white shirt onto the back of the black jacket. Align so they match up perfectly, then glue in place. Cut a 3-inch-long piece of 1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon in the same colour as you choose for the bowtie. Mark the ribbon into thirds with a fabric glue pen. Fold the ribbon over itself accordian-style to create three folds. Glue the cummerbund onto the bottom of the white shirt, overlapping the white shirt and black jacket back.

  6. 6

    Glue the edges of the black sleeves to the back of the jacket. Make sure the arms open easily; if the don't, reinforce the dotted-line folds. Cut two thin pieces of white cardstock the width of the sleeves; glue onto the bottom of the sleeves. Trim as necessary.

  7. 7

    Glue the black velvet jacket lapels onto the black jacket cardstock. Poke two black brads through the front of the jacket to serve as buttons. Add a rosebud corsage sticker to the lapel of the jacket if you wish.

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