Coming up with an invitation idea is one of the highlights of party planning for me. It’s also usually the jumping off point for a party’s theme or overall mood. The invites for the upcoming shapes baby shower were no exception. However, I did struggle initially. My first vision didn’t have an easy or attractive birth into reality. They were actually shockingly hideous. But, I am so pleased with the final version I can almost forget the initial repulsion to the first draft. And no, I won’t share pictures of the first ones. They were that bad.
There are a few steps to making these invites, but nothing is terribly difficult. First, type up the invitation. I did mine in Word so they would print 4 to a page. For this invite, I printed the text at the very bottom so I would have plenty of room for some big time fun stamping at the top. Once printed, I cut out each invite from the page.
Now for the fun part – making custom stamps. I gathered up some wine corks (ahem, I have more than a few saved up), a sheet of foam, and a hot glue gun. I cut out the shape from the foam and hot glue gunned it to the bottom of a cork. So simple! Then I stamped my little heart out all over the invites. And several pages of notebook paper just because I was having so much fun.
That’s it! They really weren’t much more difficult or time consuming than browsing through the thousands of printable invite options out there and I love the feel of a handmade invitation. Added bonus, they were a fraction of the cost I would have spent on printed invites. Adorable, totally custom, AND cheap, score!