Do It Yourself Tartan Wedding Invitations

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Do It Yourself Tartan Wedding Invitations
Choose a tartan from your family history or one with a look you like. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

To save money and add some personal style to a wedding invitation, many couples decide to make their own. You have a couple of options if you choose to make them yourself, including personalising a wedding invitation kit or making your own invitations completely from scratch. With a specialised and hard to find design like tartan invitations, you will most likely need to make them from scratch.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tartan paper
  • White paper
  • Printer
  • Printer ink
  • Computer
  • Rubber Cement
  • Envelopes

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plan the design of your invitations before making them. Decide the layout you are looking for, the colours of the tartan you want to include and your favourite font. You will also need to determine the wording of the invitation. Use wedding books and magazines to help you.

  2. 2

    Purchase materials from a craft store or office supply store. You will need to buy tartan paper, black ink for your printer and high-quality white or beige paper. If you can't find tartan paper at the store, many Internet sites sell it.

  3. 3

    Create the wording of your invitation in a word processor program on your computer. Change the font, layout and size of the words to create a look you like. If you like, add clipart or borders that complement the look of the tartan. Proofread the wording for spelling and grammar mistakes before printing.

  4. 4

    Print the words onto the white or beige paper. The words will be easier to read on this paper than on the tartan paper. Cut the white paper so it is smaller than the tartan pieces. Use rubber cement or a paste stick to attach the white paper to the tartan. Now you have an invitation with tartan borders.

  5. 5

    Purchase separate envelopes or make envelopes from the same tartan paper with an envelope template.

Tips and warnings

  • You can embellish the invitations with ribbon or stickers that complement the tartan, but try not to go overboard. For instance, if you used printed borders on the paper, stickers might be excessive.
  • Understand the extra work involved in making your own invitations. The added stress of making your own invitations might not be worth it. Also, start them well in advance and enlist your friends and family to help you make them.

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