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While we all love to shop, when it comes to party invitations the choices can be a bit limited.
If you’ve ever struggled to find one that matches your party theme, now might be the time to find your inner creativity and create your own. Personalization has been predicted to be one of the big crafting trends for 2022, and it might be a lot easier than you think.
Our fun party invitation project is great for beginner crafters of all ages, which means you can ask your kids to help and it can be easily adapted to the type of party you’re about to. to organize.
The basic idea also requires minimal tools and crafting materials, and can be done in less than 30 minutes.
Follow the instructions below to create your cute origami trees, then have fun adding other elements that are perfect for your party.
What you will need:
- A blank card 15 x 15 cm and a matching envelope for each invitation.
- Pencil and black fineliner.
- Pens or colored pencils.
- Sticky glue and double-sided tape.
- Colored or patterned paper.
- Bone ruler or folder.
How to make an origami tree:
- Cut a 7.4 cm by 7.4 cm square piece of paper.
- On one side (white side up if color is on one side), lightly score the fold lines shown. This will serve as a guide for where to make your pleats.
- Rotate the piece of paper so that it is in the diamond position, fold it in half, then open the paper again.
- Then fold the left and right sides from the edge to join the center crease. This will form a kite shape.
- Work with the top left and right sides and fold them into the center crease. Your paper will then look like a thin diamond.
- Fold in half from top to bottom to form a triangle, with the tip facing you.
- Then take the top layer of paper and lift it up and down, making a crease 1cm from the end. If necessary, you can smooth the crease with a ruler or bone folder.
- Fold the top of this piece over so that the point meets the crease of the previous crease.
- Flip the paper over and your tree is complete.
- Repeat the previous steps to make another tree, then set them aside.
Customize your card
Your origami trees are done, now comes the fun part. To complete the card, you can add custom details to fit your party.
- Your first task is to create the bunting to spell the word PARTY at the top of the card.
- Draw five squares spaced 1 cm apart, leaving 0.5 cm at each end.
- Each square should be 2cm wide. When you are happy with the position of your squares, go over the pencil lines with your black pen.
- Draw a letter in each square to spell out the party.
- Then stick your two origami trees on your map, one on each side at the bottom.
- Now choose a central image which will be “suspended” between the two trees. There are several ways to do this. I have hand drawn a few different examples to easily show you how you can adapt this basic pattern to different parts. If you don’t feel comfortable drawing, you can print clip art, use a small rubber stamp, or buy craft decorations.
- The ideal size for your chosen image is 3.5 to 4 cm wide. Draw or place elements in the middle of the two trees, then use a fine point pen to trace a rope/bunting connection between them.
- Repeat the steps above to create all the invitations you need, then add your party details inside and get excited about your celebrations!
Trick – If you plan to color using pens, make sure your blank cards are a good thickness and/or designed for coloring so they don’t leave streaks.
If you want to change things
The best thing about this map design is that it’s easy to change up if you want to be more adventurous.
You can replace the PARTY with alphabet tiles or try a more decorative lettering technique. My favorite book for this is the Hand Lettering Handbook – Creative Alphabets For Any Occasion (Thy Doan Graves).
Other things to try include using ink and a blending tool to create a colorful background, decorate your trees, or add a few other details to fit your theme.
I hope you all enjoy participating in this fun invite project, and be sure to post your results on social media and share them with @primamag if you do.
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