DIY Wedding invitations with belly bands
Would you like to make your own DIY wedding invitations but you are not sure how? Then follow this easy step by step guide and make these pretty Doily edge “laser cut” invitations with a matching belly band. You can make these wedding invitations in white card stock for a more traditional and minimalist look, add a pink backing card to match you wedding theme and show up the punched edge or add a kraft envelope for a Rustic touch.
These DIY wedding invitations also look great printed on pastel card stock to match your wedding colors.
We show you how to make them in a step by step guide, with a comprehensive list of what tools you will need and help on where to find them.
What you will need to make the Laser Cut Wedding Invitations
- We Do or Mr & Mrs Belly Band printable – choose the 2.5″ version to download.
- Modern Calligraphy wedding invitation template – choose the “To decorate” version when downloading.
- Xacto craft knife or craft guillotine
- Ruler (Metal edged for cutting lots of invites!) Check your ruler does not leave marks on the invite when pressed!
- Euro style envelope (with pointed flap) to fit a 6″ inch invitation
- Cutting Mat ( you do not need this if you are using a guillotine)
- Practise sheet paper – copier paper is fine.
- Glue – I always use PVA glue
- Rounded table knife or scoring tool
- Small pair of sharp scissors – embroidery scissors are perfect
- 5×7″ backing board cut from Card stock sheet (optional)
Note: Please use a card stock that is a decent thickness but allows you to punch without too much trouble, always test a piece of card stock before you buy a quantity.
Cut along the cutting lines using a guillotine or your ruler and craft knife as shown above. Make sure to use a cutting mat if using the a craft knife and press down hard to make sure you go through the card in one stroke.
Take your printed invitation sheet and cut the invitation to size using the cutting guides in the corners. Start at the top and work your way around in one direction ( do not cut top and bottom first or you will lose the cutting lines too soon!)
When you only have the one side to trim you will need to use your ruler to measure where 7 inches is – see below. Line it up with the craft mat to cut along or add a pencil line to cut to.
Punch a line using copy paper before you start on the invitation to make sure you line it up correctly.
Take the punch and carefully place it in the middle ate the top of your invitation as shown below. Make sure it is pushed back against the guide and punch.
Punch your way along the invite, lining up the punch with the guide, make sure the pattern is matched up see below.
Punch the bottom of the invitation using the same process, until you have punched both ends and your invites look like the one below 🙂
If you want to add a backing board to your invitation. Choose you colour card stock, cut a 5×7″ piece. turn the invitation over, add glue around the edge, don’t use too much or it will squeeze out! Turn over and stick it onto the backing card.
Below you see the invite with the pink backing card and the invite without.
Take you trimmed to size belly band and place the punch in the middle of the top and punch, see below.
Turn around and punch the bottom in the same place so that your pattern will be even along the belly band top and bottom.
Punch along the full length, using the same process of lining up the cut holes as before.
Punch along the other side, until your belly band looks like the below image.
Choose which item you want your belly band to wrap around. Turn your belly band over on it’s face ( writing facing down), place your invitation or envelope ( whichever item you have chosen to wrap the belly band around) face down on top, centre the invite. Take your table knife ( or scoring tool) and score along the side of the invite with the back of the knife, using the blunt side and applying firm but not too hard pressure. Make sure your knife is rounded but and always test on a scrap piece of paper before you use it on your finished item. Score along the other side. Remove the invite and fold both ends of the belly band in.
Pop some glue between the sides and press together so that you join the belly band ends together – see below.
Slide the belly band around the invitation.
If you would like to add some decoration to your wedding envelopes, you can use the same punch to decorate. But please practice first and make sure you have some spare envelopes! All envelopes are different sizes and you may need to tweak the directions to make it work for you!
Place your envelope flap into the punch, line the flap up to the edge of the punch head as shown below and punch.
Do the same on the other side and punch to the edge of both sides.
You will probably end up with a small extra bit at the corner, see below. Take some small but sharp scissors (I used embroidery scissors) and snip it off, rounding to the pattern.
Your finished wedding envelopes should look like the image below
And here you have the DIY wedding invitations, belly bands and decorated DIY wedding envelopes….
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