I am a professional technical writer and it seems a good use of my skills to create my own paper crafts. Paper crafts are easy to do and require mostly access to a printer–well, maybe some basic Word and image manipulation skills too (I recommend GIMP). I chose to print at FedEx as I don’t want to shove card stock through a poor domestic printer, both risking its life and my sanity. The cost is minimal (especially if you ask an associate to print for you, with your own cardstock).
What you’ll need:
- Invitation Template* (Free! Two invites per page)
- Cardstock (~$2.99 for 50 sheets at JoAnns)
- Printing costs (Variable, 60 cents a page at Fedex if you use your own cardstock–30 cents per invite!)
- Glue stick
- (Optional) Bead as a “door knob” on the door (use elmer’s glue or another type of liquid/hot glue)
- Print out invitation and cut out the shape
- Cut around one side of the door and the top.
- Bend the paper around the door to make a “door hinge”
- Cut the invite information, giving added space around the text to ensure there enough extra for gluing to the back of the card.
- Apply glue to the back of the house around the door, align the text within the “door” opening, and press on the invite information
- (Optional) Apply glue and stick on a bead for the doorknob
- When the glue dries, you’re done!
I handed mine out in person, so costs of envelopes and stamps may be additional for you. Happy housewarming!
*The invitation template is for personal use only, and is not intended for sale.