Since I’m a crafty person I decided to make all my own wedding stationery, starting with DIY Save the Dates. I’ve always loved the little calendar look designs I’ve seen around and wanted to fancy it up a bit with a little DIY, rather than just a plain printed card.
So, here’s a step-by-step guide on how I created my DIY Save the Dates.
DIY Save the Dates – Materials
- Wrapping Paper of your choice
- White Cardstock
- Coloured Cardstock
- Double Sided Tape
- Sticky Tape
- Scissors or Cutting Mat and Craft Knife
- Printed Save the Date
To create your Save the Date print out you can use programs such as MS Word or Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. I created mine in Adobe Photoshop, using the fonts Sweet Hipster (can be downloaded online) and Myriad Pro, that are free for personal use. I also used the line and heart shape tools. You could also check out Etsy for a pre-made design that you can customise. I made my Save the Dates 8 cm wide by 12 cm high.
Cut your white cardstock into a piece 1 cm wider on all sides than your printed Save the Date (in my case 10 cm wide by 14 cm high). Then, cut a piece of the wrapping paper that is at least 3 cm wider on all sides than your white cardstock. I used double-sided tape to stick the white cardstock to the back of the wrapping paper, roughly centred, to stop it moving around.
Fold in the two longer sides of the wrapping paper and tape to the cardstock. Then, fold the ends as though you were wrapping a present (see picture) and tape them down.
Cut your coloured cardstock into two pieces that are 0.5 cm wider on all sides than your printed Save the Date (in my case 9 cm wide by 13 cm high). Stick one of these to the back of the wrapped cardstock, centred as well as possible, using double-sided tape.
Take the second piece of coloured card and, using double-sided tape, stick the printed Save the Date to the centre.
Stick the printed Save the Date, now with a coloured card border, to the front of the wrapped cardstock to complete your save the date.
This process can be applied to all your wedding stationery including invitations, menus, place cards, thank you cards and more! It can be made to suit any colour or theme and is a fairly cheap DIY project to add a little something extra to your DIY Save the Dates. All up, I spent less than $15 AUD to complete around 45 save the dates, including printing, and had some supplies left over.