Enjoy this DIY paper craft project. In this tutorial we’ll combine paper feathers and real feathers with a flower background to make this beautiful do-it-yourself invitation for your next outdoor, nature, boho, forest, or garden-themed party. Re-create this designs yourself, or create your own spin on it, using my free printable paper feather template, and my free floral invitation background and belly band.
DIY Party Invitation with Feathers
You can make this beautiful feather-adorned party invitation using my free .pdf printable paper feather pattern. You can download and use these patterns for personal use as much as you’d like. Don’t have a .pdf viewer? Get it here for free.
To make this 5″ x 7″ invitation you will need to download my blank invitation background called Boho Gardens and print it yourself. If you intend to have it printed and cut at professional print shop, download the free invitation background with bleed. If you intend to print it yourself and cut it by hand it’s often easier to align the cutting edge with the edge of the invitation so they all turn out the same size. If you intend to cut them yourself, you may want to use my free invitation background without bleed. Again, these are for personal use only. You cannot resell these design templates.
The Boho Gardens invitation pattern is a background only. You will need to use an image editing program to add text. The fonts I used are NOT included with the download.
I personally use Photoshop, and have for over 20 years so I can’t recommend inexpensive programs for you to use. A quick search on Google should turn up resources you can look into.
If you’re interested in the fonts I used, they are Charissa Script and Adobe Caslon Pro.
You will need the following items to make this invitation:
- Downloads of the Boho Garden free invitation background with Bleed or, the Boho Gardens free invitation background without bleed
- Free Printable Belly Band pattern
- Free Printable Paper Feathers
- Artist Chalks
- spray fixative
- hot glue
- double-stick tape, or double-sided adhesive dots
- a paper towel, tissue, or toilet paper
- real feathers (choose ones you like)
- jute sting
- thin crochet lace
- natural cord
- Purchased 5″ x 7″ envelopes (for as many invitations as you intend to make) or invitation box
Step One–Prepare Printable Files, Print and Cut Out
Step Two–Color Paper Feathers
Using the side of a brown chalk, rub color on one side of the feather top to bottom.
Using the side of a green chalk, rub next to the brown chalk, toward the center. The color will overlap. Leave a little white on the opposite side.
This is what it may look like when you’re done applying the color.
Next, take your paper towel (tissue or toilet paper) and rub the color lightly from top to bottom to blend. Spray with your fixative and let dry. Fixative will keep the chalk from rubbing off on other things.
Step Three–Fit Belly Band Invitation
Next take your cut out belly band and fit it to your invitation by folding it around the sides. The ends should overlap in the front.
Step Four–Arrange your Lace and Jute
Next, take three pieces of crochet lace and two pieces of natural jute in varying lengths between 4″ and 6″ so that the ends vary when glued together. Hot glue these pieces together.
Hot glue the cluster of lace and jute to your belly band on the top of one the ends. I glued mine to the right end side as that was the overlapping, or outside piece of the band. You want your cluster to be on the top of the design.
Step Five–Arrange Feathers
Now arrange and hot glue your paper feathers together near the base with a small dab of glue.
Then arrange and hot glue your natural feathers to the paper feathers. I used a combination of two types of feathers in varying sizes.
Now tie a piece of thin natural cord around the base of the feathers. I cut my piece about 18″ long.
Step Six–Complete the Invitation
Hot glue your feather arrangement to the lace/jute cluster on the belly band.
Last, use double-stick tape or double-sided adhesive dot on the back side of your overlapping belly band edge (behind the feather cluster). It will stick to the top side of the other edge and secure the belly band around the invitation.
Now you have a beautiful paper invitation for your party!
Things to consider
If you intend to mail this invitation, realize that the bulky nature will add to the cost of postage. These might be better hand-delivered, or delivered in a beautiful invitation box.
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