Invitations set the tone for your whole wedding, so it's important that you make them memorable. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to upgrade wedding invites yourself! From added details like envelope liners to simple DIY techniques like dip dying—these ideas are high impact and low effort.
These white invites and envelopes from Minted got an instant upgrade with just two strokes of craft paint. For sheer coverage that lets the text remain visible, choose a light shade and wet the brush first.
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Make a Backer
Why spend so much time focusing on the front of your invitations only to neglect the back? Adorn the backside with card stock or fabric in a coordinating color or pattern. Use spray adhesive to attach the two and then use an X-acto or rotary cutter to cut to size.
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Stamps in any size can be used to create invitations. (But keep in mind that the larger the stamp, the greater the difficulty in making each imprint clear.) A special T-square (available at specialty crafts stores) helps align the stamp on the card. Press firmly, and avoid rocking the stamp back and forth. Before working on the final version, practice on scrap paper.
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I Dip, You Dip
If you can dunk a doughnut into some coffee, you can do this: Print or order invitations on thick white paper and dip them into liquid dye or food coloring to add a subtle pop of color. We used Rit liquid dye and good old-fashioned food coloring to elevate these printed-paper goods. Mix and match dye colors if you want something more creative!
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Here's a little secret: making your own envelope liners is easy! Just trace the curve of your envelopes onto any paper, cut it out, and trim 1/2 inch off the bottom. It works for any paper and any envelope. Try our tropical envelope liners, or make monogram or patterned liners.
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Don't neglect the edges of your invites! They're the perfect place to add bold color since it's in such a small dose. Clamp your entire stack of invitations together with spring clamps. Paint the sides of invitations with acrylic paint and let dry before unclamping.
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One sure way to address for success? Create sleek, wrap-around labels. If calligraphy is too expensive or your penmanship isn't perfect, this is a handsome option that's easy to do. Using our template, type return addresses on the left side of document and addresses on right and then print. Run the page through a sticker machine. Then, with a bone folder, crease where indicated; cut out using a utility knife and ruler. Trim the short edges with pinking shears. Finally, adhere the labels to envelopes, positioning the folds so the return addresses are on the back.