17 Jun

DIY: “Under the Sea” Kids Party Invitation

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

Cindy of LOL Letterpress is back with an absolutely ADORABLE 3-dimensional kids party invite tutorial with an “Under the Sea” theme. (This would also work great for a beach party theme!)

From the graphic design to the towel wraps to the adorable bath toy embellishment, this party already looks like a good time… and it would be hard not to smile from the moment you open it when you’re greeted with a happy little creature like this, right?! You can also buy really inexpensive hand towels for the wraps in bulk at Target & Walmart. If you’ve got the time go the extra mile on an invitation, this is a great way to make a big impact on your guests right from the start!

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

Read on for step-by-step details & images + vendor resources…


DIY Tutorial: Pool Party Birthday Invitation

by Cindy Taylor of LOL Letterpress


DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

– Square box, 6”x6”x3.5” in craft shown above
– Hand towel, approximately 16”x26”
– Bath toy, preferably BPA-free
– Birthday invitation, 5”x5” square
– Blue papers
– 2” hole punch
– ¾” hole punch
– Drinking cup
– Adhesive (or Xyron 5” Creative Station shown here)


DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

1. Start off by laying your hand towel on a flat surface.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

2. Fold the top third of the towel lengthwise towards the center.
3. Fold the bottom 1” of the towel lengthwise towards the center.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

4. Insert your pre-made invitation card in the center of the folded towel.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

5. Fold the bottom of the towel upwards until it covers about half of your invitation card. I like to leave at least the birthday girl/boy’s name uncovered.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

6. Turn the towel and card over.
7. Fold the left third of the towel towards the center.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

8. Fold the right third of the towel towards the center and tuck the end under.
9. Turn the towel and card right-side up and insert into the box.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

10. Place the bath toy on top of the towel.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

11. Cut out a circle using your drinking cup as a template. This larger circle will be used as a mailing label for your box.
12. Punch a few ¾” and 2” circles. These will be used as your return address label and decoration.

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

13. Handwrite or print your mailing and return addresses.
14. Use your adhesive of choice to stick your labels onto the front of your box (or if you have the handy-dandy Xyron sticker machine, I used their permanent adhesive).
15. Smile in content knowing your guests will rave over your super cute birthday invites!


– Square box: Uline
– Punches: Michael’s
– BPA-free bath toy: Target
– Letterpress & Flat-printed invitation: LOL Letterpress



LOL Letterpress is a premier design studio and letterpress print shop that specializes in creating innovative and stylish stationery goods while practicing green principles from concept to completion.

San Diego-based engineer, designer, and owner Cindy Taylor loves touching her clients’ lives by translating emotion onto paper. Inspired by her own family history, Cindy founded LOL Letterpress in 2008 after stumbling upon the wedding invitations of her great-grandparents. This beautifully handwritten card proclaimed their love and demonstrated a unique personality all their own. When planning her own nuptial announcements, Cindy uncovered a skill for creating smart design with a touch of the unexpected. Her love for letterpress blossomed when she was gifted a meticulously restored 1890 Chandler & Price platen press from her husband on their one-year (paper) anniversary. Armed with a discerning eye, a devotion to contemporary design, a conscious effort towards eco-living, and strength in her craft, Cindy and her team take utmost pride in creating timeless pieces to commemorate life’s most joyous occasions.

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Way too cute!

June 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

Jennifer B SAYS:

super adorable!!!!

June 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

Sarah @http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

This is beyond cute and sooo creative!!!!!

– Sarah

June 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Hollie SAYS:

Absolutely adorable in every way!

June 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Viktoria - Pinkpastry SAYS:

Ypu are the best!
I must say thanks for all the inspo
Thos friday i had my graduation party with the theme Pink Paris
I have got a lot of ideas from you, so thanks!
Big hugs from sweden

June 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

Heather McMulliin SAYS:

This is such a wonderful idea!!


June 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

Cindy SAYS:

This is too cool… I love the details. This is very apt for my little sister.

June 20, 2011 at 5:43 am


This is the most creative invitation I have seen in awhile, thanks so much for sharing! Not only is the theme and idea cute, but the physical invitation and it being in a box with a towel is great!

The tutorial is helpful, can’t wait to do this for a summer party! You could do it for older kids and put a pair of goggles or a small inflatable raft or toy in a box.

Where is the pool toy from?


June 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

LaVonne SAYS:

SO cute! I love it! You can use this with so many fun kids’ party themes!! :D

June 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

Melissa Finn SAYS:

Kids can really relate to this. Funnn!

June 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Bonny Katzman SAYS:

This is adorable… and that’s coming from an invitation designer!

July 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

Linda Smith SAYS:

What an adorable invitation! I love that a little someone will be able to use part of the invitation during their bath time.

August 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Alma Cervantes SAYS:

omg¡¡ sooo cute.

September 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

Lisa Blair Ghelardi SAYS:

how much to mail?

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