Norah’s going to turn one soon!!! I can’t believe it already! I have been looking around for birthday invitations but can’t find ones that are to my liking or they are really expensive (for example $45 for 8 invites). One of my dearest friends made lady bug birthday invitations for her daughter’s 1st birthday and the wings open up to reveal the invite. I thought it was such a cute idea! It got me motivated to make my own invitations for Norah’s birthday. Since Norah was a bumblebee for Halloween I thought it would be cute to make her bumblebee theme birthday invitation with colors of pink and yellow. So… I made a tutorial of a bumblebee theme invitation pull tab style.
This is my first tutorial so please bear with me.
envelope opener or something similar
1 circle punch size 2″
1 circle punch size 1.5″
1 scalloped hole punch
1 bumblebee punch from Martha Stewart
3-D foam squares
The invitation will consist of three layers. The base layer, middle layer, and the invite.
The size of each layer:
Base layer size: 5″x7″
Middle layer size: 4.75″x6.75″
Invite layer size: 4.5″x6.5″
Print your invitations out. I set my word document to the invitation size needed with my left & right margin at 0.5. Different printers will print differently. For my printer it printed my invitations in the center of the cardstock paper so I was left with messing with measurements. If your printer does the same as mine then continue on with the tutorial if not then skip this step. After printing out the invitations you need to trim the size needed. Again this is if your printer prints the invitations out in the center of the cardstock. Trim off each side of the invitations 2″. Then trim off the bottom of the invitation 4.5″. Now put your invitations to the side.
Next you want to cut your base and middle layer paper to the size you need. Since my invitations are pink and yellow theme. I decided to make the base layer pink and the middle layer a polka dot coordinating paper.
Now glue your layers together. Glue invitation to the middle layer and then middle layer to the base. Set aside.
Your invite should look like this:
Next we will work on the cover of the invitation. I have made a template for the cover here. Use whatever coordinating cardstock paper to make your cover for the invitation. In this step, I recommend using one white cardstock as your template and then use that to trace out the other invitations with your coordinating paper. Or the other option would be to print out the template on your coordinating paper and then fold where the printed side is facing inside.
On the template cut the dotted lines and the solids lines are to be scored. Note that if you want to cut out the semi-circle you can, but I used the circle puncher instead. So if you want where the circle is for now just cut a straight line.
Scoring the paper where the solid lines are will help to fold the paper smoother. In this step I used my envelope opener as the tool to score my paper and the paper trimmer as my guide.
Scoring the paper shown here:
Scored paper should look like this:
After cutting and scoring your invitation covers it’s now time to glue the edges of the cover together. Let the edges dry off. Make sure not to use too much glue or it will overflow out and in your cover which, will make it hard to insert the invitation. As a tip, after you glue the cover place them between something heavy to hold them down while they dry. In this case I used books.
Making the bumblebee tabs! Yay! Almost done.
The tabs consist of 4 layers. The base (2″ circle punch), scalloped, 1.5″ circle punch, and bumblebee.
Making the base by using your 2″ circle punch and punch out with paper used for your invitation cover.
Using coordinating paper use your 2″ scallop punch. I used white cardstock paper for my 1.5″ circle punch. Using coordinating paper punch out your bumblebee.
I had a hard time punching out my bumblebee so I had to use my xacto knife to carve out the bee.
Since the body of the bee was empty, I decided to fill it with chocolate brown cardstock. You can do the same or just leave it the way it is.
Once you have all the layers you need now it’s time to put them together.
Glue the bumblebee on the 1.5″ circle. Then glue that piece on the scallop circle. Next using your 3-D foam square, put those on the scallop circle piece with bumblebee and then put that on the 2″ base circle.
Putting the invitation and cover together.
Insert the invitation into the cover. Using the cut semi circle in the cover as a guide, place glue on the invitation where the semi circle is cut out.
Then place your bumblebee tab on the glue making sure it matches up to the cut out semi circle on the cover.
Wait for the glue to dry. Congratulations you now have a bumblebee pull tab invitation!
For embellishments I added a polka dotted yellow ribbon since I thought it was a little plain with just the cover and invitation itself. I hope this tutorial was fun for you. I should have done a more simpler tutorial but this is what came up at the moment. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments or just comments. Enjoy! ^__^
Please feel free to do what you want with the tutorial but don’t take credit is all I ask. Thank you.