Tuesday, March 13, 2012

diy - lacy invitation envelopes

i know most brides to be guard their decor and ideas like a leprechaun does his pot of gold and you all probably think i am a total nutter but my momma always told me that sharing is caring. i don't really mind if someone other bride out there sees this and decided that it's just up her street... good! is what i say. i am glad i could be of service. besides, i sure as hell didn't think these bad boys up, i came upon a very similar idea using square doily's well traveling the intawebs and just tweaked it to suit me and my resources. i have put together a little do-it-yourself tutorial. we decide to use doily's as a recurring theme throughout our wedding decor because they add a lacy feminine touch without the actual expense of lace and they are made from paper so we can recycle them after the wedding. here i have made pretty envelopes for our invitations.
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you will need:
♥ a piece of card in the dimensions of your invitation - ours measure 99mm x 210mm (that's 3
per A4 page)
♥ a ruler
♥ a pencil
♥ a pair of scissors
♥ project glue
♥ a paint brush
♥ round doily's - the amount and size you need. i used big ones that are 29cm in diameter. the cheapest i found were from the china mall at 49 bucks per pack of 250.
♥ water colour paint (optional)
♥ a nice pen in the colour of your choice
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take one doily. fold it in half one way and them in half the other way so you get a cross running through it. do the same with your invite template. them center the two by lining their crosses up. once you have the invite center in the doily take a ruler and line it up with one side of your invite template and draw a line using your pencil from one side of the doily to the other. do this for all four side of the invite template.
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cut out the four little triangle type shapes where the lines overlap.
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now you have your doily envelope template. now you can take a few doily's at a time and cut them out in one shot using your template on top as a guide. once you have cut them all out place your invite template in the center of each doily and fold the edges in one buy one.
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start with the smaller sides, add a little glue and folded the big bottom one up so it sits on top of the smaller sides. voilĂ ! you have an envelope. i added a little water colour heart on each and the address on top. pretty, no?
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