How to Make Your Own Invitations With a Border

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How to Make Your Own Invitations With a Border
Adding a border to your invitation can make it look more professional. (red border image by Attila Toro from

Sending formal invitations in advance can make your guests more interested in attending your event. If you make them on your home computer, you'll save more than a few bucks--professionally made invitations can cost hundreds of dollars, depending on quantity. Adding a border to your invitations can increase aesthetic appeal and make it easier to cut them after they are printed.

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    Type the text of your invitation in a word processing program. Include the date, time and location of your event, RSVP number or e-mail address, directions to the venue and any information about a dress code.

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    Format the text according to your preferences. Use different fonts and colours to highlight important information, such as the name of the event or the time it starts. If you're using a formal, lined border, use formal fonts and colours such as black, dark blue or maroon. If you are using a playful zigzag or picture border, use informal fonts or colours like lime green or bright pink.

  3. 3

    Highlight the text of the invitation and click the format button on the toolbar. Select border and shading on the drop-down menu. If you cannot find that option, go to the help menu and search for borders.

  4. 4

    Find the border that's most appropriate given the nature of the event, whether it's light and upbeat for a child's party or more reserved, as for a formal charity event or funeral. Some word processing software will allow you to choose a custom border with pictures of balloons, cakes or trees. If your event is informal, choose one of these custom borders. If you're hosting a child's party choose a clown or balloon picture border. If the invitation is for a picnic, choose the tree border.

  5. 5

    Copy and paste several invitations onto one page to save paper if you have space left on the page. You may need to adjust the borders to accommodate more than one invitation on each page.

  6. 6

    Print test invitations on a regular sheet of printer paper to ensure that your invitation is free from typos and that the colour and border look right.

  7. 7

    Stock your printer with coloured or special, heavyweight paper to add appeal to your invitation, then print and let the ink dry. Cut out each invitation so that there is 1/4 to 1/8 inch between the invitation's edge and the border.

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