How to Make Invitations – Birthday

Supply List…

  • 8-1/2″x 11″ pink cardstock
  • 8-1/2″x 11″ star paper (found at
  • 8-1/2″x 11″ white cardstock
  • mounting squares
  • size A9 envelopes

Two years ago when my daughter was turning 7, we decided that a bowling party would be fun for her and her friends.  So, I needed to come up with a cute invitation for the party.  I designed this birthday invitation focused around a bowling pin, which I thought was quite clever being that it was for a bowling party!

This homemade invitation is also an easy one!  I actually freehanded the bowling pin to make a template, but I’m sure that it would also be just as easy to find a clipart of one on a computer program or the internet.

To make this invitation, start by cutting the pink cardstock to a size of 8-1/2″x 5-1/2″.  Next cut the patterned paper (Iused the star print paper) to a size of 8″x 5″.

The next step is a little trickier than determining a standard text layout.  You will first need to come up with a template for a bowling pin.  You can freehand one or find a clipart of one.  Then try to eyeball a good layout for the bowling pin using a printshop program.  You will need to use some trial and error printing before you actually get a good layout that fits with the bowling pin.  Once you think your layout will work, print it on the white cardstock and trace your bowling pin around it and cut it out. 

Next, using a black Sharpie, make a nice black outline around the edge of the bowling pin.  Also, don’t forget the stripes around the neck of the pin!

Now you just have to assemble the invitation.  Using scrapbook mounting squares, attach the patterned paper to the pink cardstock.  Then attach the bowling pin to the patterned paper. 

And you’re finished!  Aside from a little trickier text layout, it was a pretty easy invitation to make… and a cute one!

I’d love to hear about some of the cute invitations you’ve made for your kid’s birthday parties!



  1. 1
    Carley says:

    Cute!!!!ps it’s carcar

  2. 2
    Naomino says:

    I’m just trying to find ideas of how to make my 12th birthday invitation and when I looked at your page I finally found an idea !!! :-) thank you for starting this page!! :-)

  3. 4
    Monike Vermaak says:

    Hi Lindsay. I battle with the text layout, what program do you use?

    • 5

      Hi Monike, I use microsoft Publisher. If you have Windows on your computer then it should also have Publisher on it. It’s extremely easy to use! Just click on a text box and make it the size it needs to be to fit your invite text sheet and start writing your text. Couldn’t be easier! Let me know if you have any other problems!

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