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Invitation Inspiration

A beaded necklace bought at a local craft fair inspired this do-it-yourself wedding invitation. The pendent is a recycled piece of broken pottery, and I love how the artisan paired it with red glass beads. It makes me want to start breaking teacups.

A pochette invitation is ideal for a wedding, because it wraps your invitation and smaller reply cards into a cute little package. Each guest will be able to unwrap your invitation, like a present, to reveal the details inside. You can make this pochette wedding invitation using simple tools with readily available paper and envelopes. The invitation wording prints directly onto the pouchette, so you don’t need to cut and mount several pieces of paper to create this look.

Project Materials:

● Printed template file – Download FREE invitation templates
● Ruler
● X-acto knife or paper scoring tool
● Scissors
● 15mm Satin Ribbon
● A4 cardstock, 65lb or higher
● 150 x 150 mm square envelopes

Project Supplies

Step 1: Score the Fold Lines

Line the ruler with the dotted score lines on the printed template. Using the x-acto knife, with the blade edge up (you don’t want to cut), score the paper. Scoring your folds will help make a sharp crease when working with thick paper. Make sure to score all four sides.

Step One: Score the Fold Lines.

Step 2: Cutout the Pochette

Using a pair of scissors, trim along the edge of the pouchette, following the dotted line. I found it best to use long strokes with the scissors and cut from the outside edge towards the pouchette.

Step Two: Cut Out the Pochette

Step 3: Fold the Flaps

After the invitation is cut out, fold each flap in to form the pouchette. Crease the folds with your finger or a bone folder to help the flaps lay flat.

Step Three: Fold the Pochette

Step 4: Seal the Pouchette with a Bow

Use any type of ribbon (in the example I used 15mm satin ribbon) to wrap around and seal the pouchette with a bow. You could also use raffia, baker’s twine, wax seals, or a decorative sticker to close the pouchette.

Step Four: Finish with a Bow

Print your matching enclosure and reply cards Download & Print (Wedding Papers) also.

Complete template set!

Photography by: Anna Skye from Download & Print

Ms Gingham says: These invitations are gorgeous and oh so stylish! Thanks go to Anna from Download & Print for the templates and downloads.

About Anna: Anna Skye is the designer behind the invitation templates blog Download & Print. Her blog helps do-it-yourself Brides create wedding invitations, ceremony programs and more.

A ‘Just married’ banner is the perfect accessory for your wedding reception. This cute handwritten bunting message and sisal-covered wreath would suit a relaxed nautical wedding like this one.

Atypical Type A - Rope wreath materials

You will need:

● Foam wreath (from craft store)

● Sisal rope (from your local hardware store)

● Double-sided tape

● Scissors

● Craft glue

● Paintbrush

● ‘Just married’ message printed onto coloured paper and cut out (download it free)

● Thread

Atypical Type A - Rope wreath tutorial 1.

1. Add a square of double-sided tape to one half of the back of the bunting flags.

2. Fold bunting flag over a piece of thread and stick halves together to form a triangle. Continue with the remaining letters.

Atypical Type A - Rope wreath tutorial 2

3. Apply a strip of glue across the flat side of the wreath. Press the end of the rope into the glue and allow to dry.

Atypical Type A - Rope wreath tutorial 3

5. Continue to wrap the rope around the wreath and secure the end with glue and allow to dry.

6. Lay the bunting across the wreath. Wrap the thread around to the back of the wreath and secure with glue.

We placed it directly on a crate, however you can use twine, ribbon or a plastic wreath holder to hang it up at the entrance to your reception.

You can even remove the bunting after the big day and redecorate the basic wreath in a variety of ways to adorn your home for Christmas and parties for years to come!

Tutorial photography: Alicia Parsons
Location photography: Luke Simon Photography
Styling: Mary & Gabrielle Events
Additional props: Poppies Flowers

Ms Gingham says: I really love the nautical theme that Alicia has put together for us lately. Thanks also  for the free download to make things even easier!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Check out another nautical project from Alicia here.

Did you see the Semaphore Wedding Inspiration Shoot that Ms Polka was kind enough to share yesterday? Today I’m going to present the first in a series of tutorials to show you how to recreate some of the lovely details, starting with this sisal-covered vase with free printable table number flag.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase materials

For the vase, you will need:

  • A plain cylinder vase (I bought mine at Baldock’s, a floristry wholesaler)
  • Sisal rope (available at any hardware store)
  • Craft glue

Atypical Type A - Rope vase materials

For the table number flags, you will need:

  • Table numbers (download here)
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Calico
  • Dowel
  • Hacksaw
  • Ruler
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 1

1. Apply a line of glue along about a quarter of the vase’s circumference.

2. Press one end of the rope into the glue. Allow to dry. (If the rope slips as it’s drying, secure it temporarily to the vase with a bulldog clip.)

3. Apply glue to the rest of the vase and wrap rope around it.

4. When the entire vase is covered, cut off excess rope. Allow to dry.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 3

5. Meanwhile, cut the dowel to length with the hacksaw. If the edges are rough, give them a quick sand.

6. Print the table numbers onto the iron-on transfer sheet. Cut out individual numbers.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 4

7. Mark out a long triangle shape in the calico.

8. Cut out triangle and snip off the two end points to create a flap shape.

9. Iron number onto fabric as per packet instructions.

10. Gently peel off backing.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 4

11. Apply two lines of glue on the reverse of the fabric, one along the fold and another along the flap.

12. Lay dowel along glue strip. Fold over flap and press down. Allow to dry.

Then add your choice of flowers or foliage (I used artificial succulents stuck into florists’ foam) to the vase and insert the flag.

Tutorial photography: Alicia Parsons
Location photography: Luke Simon Photography
Styling: Mary & Gabrielle Events
Additional props: Poppies Flowers

 

Ms Gingham says: Another fabulous project from Alicia. Customize for your theme using different flowers and colours.

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Check out more projects from Alicia here.