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Make Patchwork Baby Birthday Invitations

These baby birthday invitations were inspired by the most basic of baby items; baby blankets, or baby quilts to be more specific. I loved the idea that I could create a virtual "baby quilt" with paper! All you need to put these cute invitations together is some cardstock, some decorative paper with "baby-ish" patterns, some glue or adhesive, and a little bit of creativity!

patchwork first birthday invitations
Supplies used to make baby birthday invitations:
  • 8 1/2" by 11" card stock
  • decorative papers
  • white paper or card stock
  • ribbon
  • glue runner/adhesive

    Step One: Getting the printed words onto paper. You will be printing out text for both the front and inside of this invitation.

    For the text on the inside of Baby's first birthday invitations - Use our free printable interactive invitation template. Use the template for creating a standard 5.5" by 4.25" folded card. The template creates two folded cards out of each standard sheet of 8 1/2" by 11" paper.

    For the text on the front of first birthday invitations - The main text is the "Baby's First Birthday" on the front. These words should be printed onto a different paper (can print onto either plain white paper or card stock). The easiest way to do this is to use a desktop publishing program to set up a box that is the same size that you will want to attach to the front of the card. In other words I created this box to be sized at 2 1/8" by 2 3/4", the same size as a quarter of a page.
    Once you have created this box type out your text and place it inside of this box. Align it to the center. Copy and paste the entire thing to fit as many on an 8 1/2 by 11" page as possible. Print it onto whichever paper you choose and then use a hand cutter or ruler and Xacto knife to cut the boxes out just inside of the lines.

    baby's first birthday invitations text boxes * A little something extra (optional step) - The text in the upper right corner of these first birthday invitations is not a decorative paper. It is text I created and printed straight onto the card stock. I placed decorative paper all around it. To create this text block all I had to do was type the same words over and over again ("one year old") keeping it limited to just that upper right corner. Of course this step is optional because you can just as easily replace this with another piece of decorative paper instead.
    * If you want to achieve this same look but aren't sure how to pull it off correctly you can download a printable craft file here complete with the words for the front of the card and inside too.

    Step Two: Cutting the paper for these invitations. If you used a 2-up text layout then the first thing you will do is cut the card stock in half to make separate cards.
    You should have chosen two or three decorative papers also. Each of these papers must be cut into squares measuring 2 1/8" by 2 3/4" (or sized at a quarter of the size of the front of your cards if you are using a different sized blank invitation). There are two ways to go about this. The easiest would be to bring your papers to a local copy or print shop and have them cut the paper for you. They can cut large volumes of paper to size perfectly. It is fast, inexpensive and easy.
    You could also cut it by hand if you are looking to save a few bucks. The easiest way to cut it by hand is to use a personal paper trimmer. They generally have rulers and grids to help you cut the paper to the exact size you wish for. Many decorative scrapbooking papers actually have a line grid across the back of them to make this sort of project easier, as well.

    Step Three: Create folded cards. Speaks for itself! Using the paper which you printed your invitation wording, start by cutting the paper in half to create two invitations. After cutting you will want to score and fold each piece to create a folded card. I like to use a bone folder for this sort of project. It works wonders at scoring and folding beautifully, and is a very inexpensive tool. You can also use a paper trimmer to perform your scoring and folding, provided that the trimmer has a scoring attachment. Many of them do.

    Step Four: Attaching the decorative papers. Using a good glue stick or adhesive glue runner apply some adhesive to the back of the decorative paper pieces, and attach them to the front of the invitation. Attach them so that no two of the same papers are directly next to each other. On my invitation I put two of the same papers diagonally across from each other. I made one facing right side up and attached the opposite side facing in a different direction.
    To top it off use some glue to attach the plain squares of paper with the "Baby's First Birthday" text printed onto it. Glue it down as close to being perfectly centered as possible.

    Step Five: Attach some ribbon bows. Cut a small length of ribbon, long enough to tie into a bow. Tie a bow with the ribbon pulling out the ends until it is the right size and shape. Snip off some of the length using scissors and cutting at an angle so that the ribbon is small enough to fit onto the square on the front of the card. Use some craft glue (I LOVE Scotch's quick dry adhesive) to attach the bow to the front of the baby birthday invitations. I would recommend making a small puddle of glue on a separate piece of paper or a paper plate and dip the bows into the glue then transferring to the face of the invite.

    Let it all dry and the project is done!

    More ideas and tips for making baby's first birthday invitations...

    * Instead of attaching bows to the front try adding some cute scrapbooking embellishments, like diapers, baby blocks or toys. It will look so cute!

    * Mix and match colors and papers to match a different theme or to make an invitation more suited towards a boy's birthday party.

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