17 Jun

DIY: “Under the Sea” Kids Party Invitation

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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

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DIY Tutorial: Pool Party Birthday Invitation

by Cindy Taylor of LOL Letterpress

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

– 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)

LET’S GET STARTED:

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

DIY: Under the Sea Kids Party Invitation

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!

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

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ABOUT CINDY…

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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14Comments

1
ZOILA @ SQUARED PARTY PRINTABLES SAYS:

Way too cute!

Reply June 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

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Jennifer B SAYS:

super adorable!!!!

Reply June 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

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

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

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Reply June 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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Hollie SAYS:

Absolutely adorable in every way!

Reply June 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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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

Reply June 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

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Heather McMulliin SAYS:

This is such a wonderful idea!!

-Heather
http://www.madefamousby.blogspot.com

Reply June 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

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Cindy SAYS:

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

Reply June 20, 2011 at 5:43 am

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Liz SAYS:

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?

Liz-CoolProducts

Reply June 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

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LaVonne SAYS:

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

Reply June 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

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Melissa Finn SAYS:

Kids can really relate to this. Funnn!

Reply June 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

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Bonny Katzman SAYS:

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

Reply July 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

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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.

Reply August 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

13
Alma Cervantes SAYS:

omg¡¡ sooo cute.

Reply September 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

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Lisa Blair Ghelardi SAYS:

how much to mail?

Reply November 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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