DIY Hens Night Invitations

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DIY Hens Night Invitations
Print a hen photo and paste it on card stock for a quirky invite. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

"Hens Night" typically refers to a hen party for the bride-to-be and her adult female friends and family. You can go all the way, using Hens Night terms on your invite and basing your decor on the theme, but you're certainly not limited to the idea. Ultimately, the invites should reflect your personal taste and the type of hen party you're throwing for the bride. When it comes to style and design, breaking the rules is perfectly fine.

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Things you need

  • Stationery/Card stock
  • Decorative materials
  • Printer and ink
  • Pen
  • Stamp and ink pad
  • Invitation envelopes
  • Guest list
  • Postage stamps

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    Choose Your Stationery

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    Purchase your invitation paper and materials if you don't already have supplies at home. Invitation materials may depend on the look and theme you want. Search for hens or other images related to your theme in children's picture encyclopedias or vintage books, or find some online. Print or cut out these images and write your invitation on the back, look for open stock photos to use or buy postcards of hens and use those as invites.

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    Choose invites with a feminine "girly" touch, or use paper dolls for invites if you don't want to go with the hen theme. Write the night's details on the back of the postcards.

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    Gather scrap fabric or old hankies for thrifty, "green" invitation stationery. Thrift shops often have large stocks of scarves, handkerchiefs and scrap fabric. Natural fabrics like cotton or silk work well, as they absorb stamp ink better than synthetic fabrics and blends.

    Putting Pen to Paper

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    Write, type or stamp your invitations with the details on your hens night. How you plan to put the information down depends on the invitation style you chose. A playful, scratchy-looking font or handwriting works well with the hen invites. Draw a few chicken tracks for further detail. Use calligraphy or a curvy font for the feminine invite. You might also order a soy- or vegetable-based ink stamp with your information printed on it for the fabric invites.

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    Practice on scrap paper before applying pen to any handwritten invites. If you're uncomfortable penning them, ask someone with attractive handwriting or a drawing or painting background to do this for you. Make sure you have extra invitation templates on hand in case of errors. Stamp invites firmly with plenty of ink, never rocking the stamp back and forth.

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    Let handwritten and stamped invites dry, laying them out instead of stacking them. Stuff them in envelopes or invitation mailers when finished. Seal the envelopes with a letter seal, sticker, candle wax or simply use the envelope's adhesive.

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    Address your envelopes from a compiled list of invitees. Double check your finished invites against the list twice before stamping and mailing. Choose a stamp you feel goes along with the invite's overall style.

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