How to make a backstage pass invitation

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How to make a backstage pass invitation
Make backstage passes instead of traditional invitations. (party invitation image by robert mobley from

When planning a party with a musical theme, be sure that all of your decor, favours and accessories relate to the theme of your party, all the way down to the invitations. A creative way to entice your party guests, or grant certain VIP privileges to guests at any type of event, is by offering backstage passes. A backstage pass is basically a laminated card-like invitation that can be worn around your neck to distinguish entitlement to an event or restricted area of an event. With a few household craft items you can create customised backstage-pass style party invitations.

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Things you need

  • Coloured card stock paper
  • Glue
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Glitter
  • Confetti
  • CD cases
  • Scissors
  • Laminating paper
  • Lanyards
  • Hole puncher
  • Sharpie marker

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    Designing Your Custom Backstage Pass Invitation

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    Choose or design your artwork. If you have some experience with graphic editor programs like Photoshop, create a custom design of your choice on a 3 by 5 inch canvas. If you aren't handy with graphic design, find a photo of the same size that you would like as a background and make several copies--as many as invitations are needed--on card stock paper. Another option for artwork is cutting musical instrument shapes out of construction paper and gluing them to paper of a contrasting colour.

    How to make a backstage pass invitation
    Backstage pass invites match a music themed event. (backstage microphone image by Roman Barelko from
  2. 2

    Add details to the back side of your card stock. Once you have composed your message and outlined your event details, such as time, date, place, occasion and guest of honour, you can use a standard word processing program to create the information section. Keeping in mind that you have a 3-inch by 5-inch space to work with, choose your desired font style and size to type out your message. You can fit five sections of this size on a standard sized 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheet of card stock paper. Print your greetings on the paper colour of your choice and cut into 3-inch by 5-inch sections.

    How to make a backstage pass invitation
    Laminated passes are about the size of a playing card. (card image by Edvin selimovic from
  3. 3

    Construct and laminate your invitations. Take full sheets of laminating paper and lay them flat--sticky side up--on a flat surface. Leaving a border of laminating paper about a 1/2 inch wide around each card, lay the front of the invitations face down on the sticky paper. With a small drop of glue, press one of the message cards face up over each of the already adhered invitations so they are flush, even and back-to-back. Carefully cover the full sheet end-to-end with another piece of laminating paper, smooth to seal and trim to separate the invitations.

    How to make a backstage pass invitation
    Use a hole puncher to attach the lanyard. (series object on white punch tool image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from
  4. 4

    Attach the necklace portion of the backstage pass. Use a hole puncher about 1/4 inch below the top-centre of each invitation to make an opening for a necklace. You can purchase lanyards to hang your backstage passes from at party favour or office supply retailers, or make your own from cord-rope or loose chains found in fabric and craft stores. Attach the lanyard hook around the hole in the pass, or string the the rope or chain through to complete the necklace.

    How to make a backstage pass invitation
    Use necklace cords found in craft and sewing shops. (the cord around my neck image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from
  5. 5

    Create and decorate the invitation delivery packaging. A more exciting way to distribute your backstage invitations than plain old envelopes is decorative, theme-related CD cases. Take clear or transparent coloured CD cases and place the invitation inside with the lanyard or cord tucked loosely around it. For added pizazz sprinkle with confetti or glitter before closing the case, and use a Sharpie marker to personalise with an autograph across the outside.

    How to make a backstage pass invitation
    Deliver your passes in clear CD cases. (boitier et compact disc image by PASQ from

Tips and warnings

  • To enhance your invitation and create custom party favours, create a mix CD with a compilation of music related to the theme of your party and add it to the CD/invitation case.

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