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Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Make cute Halloween party invitations for pennies (& without any real supplies or effort…)

I’m so excited that we’re having our Halloween Party again this year!  Last year’s was a blast and I am already starting preparations.  I sent out a save the date in the beginning of September, but now it’s time to send out the actual invitations.

I am not an evite kind of girl. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I just enjoy making the real deal.)  Click here to see similar ones that I made last year.

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Here are two simple ways to make invitations… without expensive stamps, inks, cutters or other supplies.

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What you’ll need:

  • two different colors of letter sized card-stock
  • regular transparent tape
  • double-sided tape
  • scissors
  • ribbon or tulle
  • an ink pad or marker

First, I created  a simple Word document.  Orient your page to landscape, go to format and create 3 columns.  Type up your party details and select a cute font.  I inserted a cool skull that I got from The Graphics Fairy.  Copy and paste two times so that your invitation fits 3 times on the page.

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I had already cut the invitations apart before I decided to do a blog post, so no pictures.  I’m sure you get it though.   My printer is on the fritz, so I saved my Word document as a PDF file and emailed it to my local FedEx-Kinkos.  I placed an order for them to run 15 copies of this on plain white card-stock.  The total was $5 and it gives me 45 invitations.  I was able to pick them up at the store and use their paper cutter to quickly cut them into thirds.

I took an old (and mostly dried up) ink pad and inked the edges of the paper.  Because the ink pad was a bit dry, I took a black marker and “re-inked” the pad.  Worked well enough for what I was going for, which was a dirty, smear-y look for the edges.

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My next step was  to take a dark card-stock and make a tri-fold in it.  Easy. Don’t worry about precision or cutting. As long as it fits in a standard envelope, you’re good to go.

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It looked a little too plain in there, so I took some fabulous copper colored, cobweb looking ribbon and taped that to the back of the card.

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In order to economize, I cut the ribbon in half length-wise for the sides.

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Better! It needed a little something.

Then you know what happened…?  I ran out of the cute copper ribbon and the store didn’t have any more.  What’s a girl to do when she’s making Halloween invitations and runs out of something…? If she’s me, she looks in her wedding/spring type party supplies.  She finds white tulle.  hmm.

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I actually ended up liking how the white tulle looked more than I liked my original idea.  So I did two versions.

I taped strips of the tulle to the back of the card just like the ribbon, but then I took scissors and sliced it up and frayed it.

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I love how they turned out!

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These cute address labels are from Bohtieque Design.

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Love them!

So there you have it, these invitations are super easy to make and they are super inexpensive as well.  They work out to about 43 cents a piece.  Not too shabby!

(Just like last year, I don’t know what I’m going to dress up as… I welcome any suggestions you may have!)

Check the bottom of the blog to see where I link this project.
Also linking to Home Stories A2Z

17 Comments

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Kristin said...

October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm
These are great! Really cool address label! Love the handmade feel and the materials are not crazy expensive. Love a good Gypsy as costume suggestion.
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Pudel-design said...

October 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm
LOOOVE them, looks really cool!
Thank you for sharing!
Lovely greetings...

http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/2011/09/thank-you-and-giveaway.html
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Connie said...

October 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Very cool Viv!

I love making invitations!
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At The Picket Fence said...

October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm
Those are fantastic Viv! Love the black edges and I totally want to try that myself! :-)
Vanessa
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bk said...

October 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm
Costume Suggestion:
Snow White
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Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

October 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm
I'm in love with this invites, they are fabulous. I'm all for the real deal.
How about a flapper?
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MiMi said...

October 4, 2011 at 12:02 am
Those look GREAT!!!
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Myya said...

October 4, 2011 at 2:43 am
Those are awesome! When my girls are older & I have more me time I am SOOOO going to start throwing adult parties!!! SO FUN!!!
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Kim @ Too Much Time said...

October 4, 2011 at 4:00 am
So cute! Now, why did you go an x out your address? Can't I come too?
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Impulsive Addict said...

October 4, 2011 at 5:33 am
I would like to come to your Halloween party.

I would also request that you make me some cool invitations to Emma Kate's 2nd bday party! You are uber talented! Is uber a word? It's underlined in red. DANG IT. And I'm still drinking. Going home tomorrow. BOO.

We miss your face! xoxo
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Shawn said...

October 4, 2011 at 5:36 am
When should I be expecting my invitation?

Great job, as always!
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Kelli said...

October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm
I really love the thought and detail you put into things. This invitation is great!
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Katie said...

October 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Ummm these are awesome. Every year we host a party and every year I want to make my own invites but run out of time. :( Maybe next year!
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lesley said...

October 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm
how cool! I love all of the little details you added to them.

Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

lesley

freakingcraft.blogspot.com
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Becca @ R We There Yet Mom? said...

October 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Those would have cost a fortune if you had them made for you!! They look awesome - so what are you going as this year? We were invited to an adult party and are thinking of going as Clive & Daphne (Phil & Claire's alter egos) from Modern Family - lame huh???

~Becca
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Gigi Baby said...

October 14, 2011 at 1:24 am
Those invites are awesome and something I can totally do and not screw up lol! As for costume ideas so a mix and match of different ideas! Like my besties and I are going at Monster High Pink Ladies! Maybe you and handsome hubby could be vampire sandy and danny lol but bad sandy 2 lol just an idea

Loves and likes ya <3
Gigi
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Make handmade said...

October 21, 2011 at 4:28 am
Great tutorial and pattern! thanks for sharing.

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