5 Ideas to Dress Up Your Holiday Invitations

The invitation is the first step in setting the tone for your holiday parties, and you don’t have to break the bank to get a great one. Sure, we all love the the letterpress craze, and who doesn’t want a custom engraved invitation with three envelopes plus parchment? But it when it comes to the holidays, trust me: Spend the money on the booze and the food. That’s what they remember!

Today, I’m going to give you three basic invitation designs that I created, and then we’ll dress them up. All invites contain the same general information: event, date, time, place and an instruction for the RSVP. When you download this PDF, you can print at home or take them to a place like FedEx Kinkos, which is what I did. Print them on some sort of card stock if at all possible.

Next, think of ways to bring elements of your party to the invitation so that your guests get a little taste of what’s to come. In this case, Liz from HGTV’s Design Happens made this rad mood board that has sort of set the tone for our holiday blog party, and that includes the invitation. As you can see, our party contains a little glitz, a little rustic charm, and some beautiful plums and teal. So with that in mind, here are a few ideas.

1. Use a decorative backing to bring in the textures and colors of your party. 

In this case, I used some hand-dyed paper I had leftover from another (secret) project that you’ll learn about soon.

2. Add another level of wrapping that will hint at an element of your party.

It’s easy to find fun things to add, but this time of year, I love adding something that smells holiday-ish – perhaps a little evergreen or a cinnamon stick!

3. Use your scraps.

We are big believers of not wasting craft supplies around here. So I decided to wrap a couple of the invites in fabric scraps that spoke to our color palette as well as some metallic wire left over from a failed project.

4. Play with washi tape & metallic markers. 

In the words of my girl Ellen Foord, washi tape is a verb. You can washi tape anything. For these invites, I found the combination of gold washi tape and metallic markers was really fun!

5. When in doubt, add glitter. 

I consider it my duty to just remind you of this from time to time. Everything is better when it sparkles!

Now get started on your own holiday invites! Click here to download the templates I designed for you. And if you use these, show me the results by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #maderemade and @diynetwork. Happy holidays!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at HGTV.com’s Design Happens to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited! Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

6 Responses

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    Good, we all love the the letterpress craze, and who doesn’t want a custom engraved invitation with three envelopes plus parchment? But it when it comes to the holidays.

  2. Herman says:

    Very creative ways showed indeed!! To design an invitation card unique and all by DIY, I think above suggested ways are going to help me a lot. Thanks these great five ideas to dress up the invitation.

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I’m a graphic designer for HGTV and DIY who loves taking something old, making it new and then adding sparkle. Weekend activities include thrifting with my handsome husband, writing for ...

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