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Save-the-Date Ribbon

Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 36 2006

Open this card, and the details (literally) come spilling out. Cut date from card stock using number punches; pierce tops with a hole punch. Slide onto 1/4-inch ribbon, tying bows before and after each pair. Cut two slits in a note card; thread ribbon through, and tie a bow. Download envelope liner here, or use a word-processing program to cut and paste words in different colors all over a page; print out. Cut to size (use unfolded envelope as template); affix with glue stick.

Unfortunately the punches we used for this craft are discontinued, however, we suggest using the Number Set (McG-28200) from, Frantic Stamper Inc., franticstamper.com. Please note that most of the punches out there are smaller than those originally used by us for this project.

Comments (36)

  • 18 Aug, 2012

    I would love to make these, but I can not find number cut outs anywhere! I checked the suggested site, but I did not see then there either. Any suggestions?

  • 26 Aug, 2011

    You can use a Cricut machine to cut the numbers as big or as small as you'd like - just make sure to put the [filtered word] punch at the top of the number to a 6 looking like a 9 :)

  • 15 Mar, 2011

    To keep the numbers from twisting around I printed the month, date, and year individually on card stock, cut out each set of numbers as a square or rectangle then proceed with stringing them together. I made a pocket on the note card by gluing a ribbon along the bottom and tucked the numbers into it. The receiver could just pull the tail of the ribbon and out came the string of numbers. A bit time consuming at first, but once you set up assembly-style, it goes pretty fast.

  • 8 Nov, 2010

    I am having the same problem feeling like the guest will pull it out and be like, huh? The numbers are twisting around and for instance, I have a 6 in mine so it can look like a 9 if its twisted the wrong way! Any idea on how to get the numbers to sit straight?

  • 2 Nov, 2010

    I made these for my save-the-dates and everyone loved them. They are very easy to personalize and tailor to your wedding. However, they are time consuming! I just tucked my numbers in and left the end of the ribbon sticking out so they would pull the string out first. Good Luck!

  • 13 Oct, 2010

    Where do I get the pre-cut numbers? Only need to make about 20 total.

    Thanks!!!

  • 21 Aug, 2010

    For anyone who has done these- How did you put the number sin the envelope? Did you just Stuff them in? were you rorried that when people opened the card they would just be a jumbled mess? I am doing a "Trial" one now and I am not sure it will look as good as I once thought. This picture looks good becuase it is laid out- but the numbers coming out of the envelope are all over the place.
    Thoughts? Suggestions?

  • 21 Aug, 2010

    For anyone who has done these- How did you put the number sin the envelope? Did you just Stuff them in? were you rorried that when people opened the card they would just be a jumbled mess? I am doing a "Trial" one now and I am not sure it will look as good as I once thought. This picture looks good becuase it is laid out- but the numbers coming out of the envelope are all over the place.
    Thoughts? Suggestions?

  • 30 Apr, 2010

    Any suggestions on how to get the numbers done? I know I can order a number punch but I'm wondering if Office Depot would do it for me??

  • 20 Apr, 2010

    i am making these, i had a cricut, #s and "sweathearts" cart, it has a "save the date" die cut, that is at the front of the ribbon, instead of the card at the end is a diecut of a tag. a "tying the knot" diecut glued to the front. on the back will be "formal invite to follow" names, city, and website printed on cardstock glued to the back. it is slow threading the ribbon through the holes. some craft stores have cricuts and cartridges to use, you just have to supply the stickymat/ paper.

  • 28 Mar, 2010

    yes they do take forever....I am making them now, and it takes about 25 minutes for each. If you're having a smaller weding it's feasible, but I'm having over 400. They are super cute, but not practible for large weddings.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    Does this take forever to do? I love the idea, but don't have a ton of time.

  • 3 Mar, 2010

    You can also try Kwik Kopy - they do that kind of thing (die cutting etc.). In fact, I'm going to email them now! Good luck everybody!

  • 3 Mar, 2010

    I was going to buy a die cutting machine and then I found out my local library had one that was free for residents to use! So if you're thinking about making these save-the-date, check with your local library, you may luck out!

  • 31 Dec, 2009

    I did these in black and white. but i used this as an excuse to buy a cricut! worked so well and everyone that has recieved them has called me to tell me how beautiful they are! So happy i took the time to do these!

  • 19 Oct, 2009

    Thanks to cheifnic as I just ordered my numbers from little extras too! So glad I didn't have to buy the cutter!

  • 12 Aug, 2009

    These are super cute but I can't red what the actually card says?! Can anyone else see???

  • 16 Apr, 2009

    I see a lot of wedding ideas and this has to be one of the freshest for save the dates! Love it!
    ~S.
    www.stephowens.com

  • 12 Mar, 2009

    I ordered 2 inch numbers from littleextrasdiecuts, you can specify in the "special instructions section" any concerns [color/size]. The woman I worked with was even willing to let me find my exact color cardstock on my own and mail it to her to punch the numbers. Very accommodating. Best of Luck!

  • 12 Mar, 2009

    I ordered 2 inch numbers from littleextrasdiecuts, you can specify in the "special instructions section" any concerns [color/size]. The woman I worked with was even willing to let me find my exact color cardstock on my own and mail it to her to punch the numbers. Very accommodating. Best of Luck!

  • 12 Mar, 2009

    I ordered 2 inch numbers from littleextrasdiecuts, you can specify in the "special instructions section" any concerns [color/size]. The woman I worked with was even willing to let me find my exact color cardstock on my own and mail it to her to punch the numbers. Very accommodating. Best of Luck!

  • 5 Mar, 2009

    chiefnic what size did you order the numbers?

  • 20 Feb, 2009

    I found a place in Pennsylvania that was able to make these at a fairly reasonable price, compared to buying the tools, etc. Hope this helps! http://www.morethanwordspittsburgh.com/

  • 19 Feb, 2009

    Thanks for the diecuts website, chiefnic. I contacted them to see if I could order the numbers in white or off white (which aren't listed on their site), and they said yes - just to put it in the special instructions section of their order form.

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    I am assembling these tomorrow! I ordered my numbers from www.littleextrasdiecuts.com They are a lot of work, averaging about 7 minutes for each one I've tried so far. On the card, we printed "Save The Date and Join Us on Our Wedding Day!" followed by our wedding website and pw for our guests to check out. Also, be prepared to use different ribbon. Once I found one I liked in the correct width, I had a hard time finding it in bulk. So I bought a few different ones that I loved! Good luck!

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    I love this. AND am definitely going to attempt it. But what is written on the actual card???

  • 9 Jan, 2009

    Any suggestions or comments from someone who has done these? I love them, but want to know if they are worth the hassle. I am trying to find someone to cut the letters for me.

  • 5 Jan, 2009

    thanks so much! i actually emailed martha stewart customer service thinking it was a long shot that they would respond to me. as luck would have it, i got a response this evening! i went with the cuddlebug machine this weekend. I couldn't find the individual whole punchers that Martha Stewart used. Kills me to have spent that much (whole purpose was to do this as a cost saver). But hopefully things will turn out well!

  • 3 Jan, 2009

    Vellum, that's the name of the paper!

  • 3 Jan, 2009

    I used the SEI Collection 1 font and it is working out great compared to what else is out there (or lack there of!).

    We have a great store here in Cleveland called Hollo's that sells thick card stock and charges by the pound - I must have bought at least 1000 sheets for under $30... I am forgetting the name of it but it's thicker than construction paper.

    I couldn't find the number punches at our teacher supply store, michaels, or joanns so I went with the machine.

  • 29 Dec, 2008

    what kind of stock paper did you use for the numbers, invites and envelopes? i cant seem to find a number punch. the xyron punches i've found have strange fonts or the numbers look too small. any help would be great.

  • 29 Oct, 2008

    I ended up finding a xyron personal cutter on ebay for 30 dollars to do this all for me and it was well worth it!

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    This is such a great idea!! Has anyone found a number punch???

  • 1 Oct, 2008

    I LOVE this and have even convinced my fiance to help me put them together but one problem- where in the world can you buy the number punches? I have found some but they all seem to be very small. Any ideas on where to buy large ones?

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    Oln n n n Pessoal, adorei a ideia super original.Tenho aproveitado muito este site, pena que aqui no Brasil nn n n n o tenhamos nada tn n n n o completo, com tantos artigos, ideias e o fan n n n a vocn n n n mesmo!.