Saturday, October 17, 2009

Frugal Handmade Party Invitations

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We recently made some frugal handmade party invitations for a "Celebrate Fall" party I am planning.  Before I show them to you, though, I need all you scrapbooker types to leave the room.

Just trust me on this one.

Are they gone?  Okay, here's what we did.

I used some brown packing paper that came in a package I got in the mail.  It was a little wrinkled, but that just added to the look I was going for.

I collected some leaves and showed the kids how to do leaf rubbings. Everyone got to help out and they all really enjoyed the process.

We cut them out, keeping the leaf shape, and glued them to the front of the invitations. (It looks like someone snuck in some of the contraband orange construction paper.)

On the inside, which I can't show you because I don't want a couple hundred of you showing up to the party, and it's not because I don't like you, really it's not, but that would mean I'd have to buy a WHOLE lot more candy than I was planning on and remember how this whole idea is frugal?


MaddieLynn printed the details in alternating red, brown and orange paragraphs.

Very fall-like, huh?

Okay, now all the scrapbookers can come back, but please don't tell me that I could have added some ribbon or rick rack to frame the leaves because I already thought of that and since our Walmart up and decided to do away with its fabric section, I would have had to drive clear to the big city to buy that rick rack and have you priced gas lately?  That would have defeated the whole frugal portion of the project, now wouldn't it?

So there you go. They are what they are.  Handmade by kids.  Simple and frugal party invitations.

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The Happy Housewife said...

Love it! I thought you made the scrapbookers leave because you didn't use acid free paper!
I think we will be borrowing your idea for a craft next week. Or whenever it stops raining here and I can go outside again...
Not that I can't go outside in the rain... but really who wants to go outside when it is 40 degrees and raining.

Smockity Frocks said...

OF COURSE it's acid free paper! What?! Like I would use acid-ish paper for party invitations?!

Pfffft! Shyeah, right!

[Smockity goes off to research what acid free paper is...]

Monica said...

I love the invitations....I would rather see something crafted by kids than something that looks professionally done. Simple is good!!

Amy said...

Cute! We did newspaper leaf rubbings this weekend and hung them as a display on the wall. That blog post will be coming later this week. ;)

Nicki said...

LOVE the invitations. HATE that all the WalMarts took out the sewing supplies. Where I live, they were the only game in town. I recently drove 40 miles for ONE PACKAGE of quilt binding on a Saturday afternoon to meet a deadline. Ugh!

~Brenda said...

I love 'em! I think they're adorable!

My WalMart still has a fabric section. That'd be a bummer if the shut down. I do have other options, but WM is of course the cheapest - and closest.

Maybe we should all write WM and demand our sewing supplies be put back on the shelves! :-)


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