How to Make Your Own Party Invitations {1st Birthday}

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Isn’t this just the cutest homemade 1st birthday invitation!  Once I was finished I just loved it!  And, again, it was so easy!

I love the fun, colorful striped paper, colorful writing and of course the candle!

If you’d like to make this invitation, then just follow these simple steps…


{ invitation supplies }

The first step is to cut out all the paper possible, other than the text sheet, and put them into piles.  This makes the assembly process much faster.  Cut the striped (or other fun print paper) to a size of 8-1/2″x 5-1/2″.  Next, cut the yellow cardstock to a size of 7-1/2″x 4-1/2″.

Now you will need to determine a text layout.  I like to use my printshop program for my invitations.  Start by choosing a vertical page layout.  Create a text box near the top.  You can then write your information in for your party.  For this 1st birthday invitation, I thought it would be fun to add a cute saying…

“Sweets and treats and lots of fun,

let’s celebrate as

Emma Claire

turns 1!”

Then continue by adding the rest of your party information.  I used a fairly plain print font for the main body, but a cute italicized font for the name.  I also printed the main body in orange and the name in red, to help blend all the colors together!

To make sure that your text is positioned correctly, you may need to used trial and error printing until you have it correct.  Print one out and compare it to your other pages to determine if it will fit good.  Remember to leave a larger margin on the left side for the candle.  Once you have a good position, copy and paste the text box to the bottom of the page too.  This will give you two text sheets per one sheet of paper.

Now, just print out the text on the white cardstock.  Once it’s printed, cut it to a size of 7″x 4″.

For the next step, cut a length of ribbon and tie a bow around one birthday candle. 

Finally is the assembly process, which is really simple!  Using scrapbook mounting squares, attach the white cardstock to the yellow cardstock, then attach those two layers to the striped layer.  Finally, using either mounting squares or a hot glue gun, attach the candle to the white cardstock.  Be sure to keep everything centered!

You’re done!  I love making super easy, super cute homemade invitations, especially for birthdays!

What fun ideas do you have for birthday invitations? 



  1. 1
    Julie Kruger says:

    This is such a cute idea! I am making invitations for my son’s first birthday, and am going to try making these tonight. Thanks for sharing it, your work is beautiful!

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    Michelle says:

    I love this idea and i’m definitely interested in making these for my son’s first birthday. One question I have is how do they do in the mail? Does the candle hold up?

    • 4

      Hi Michelle, thanks for visiting! They absolutely hold up well in the mail! You can have them hand-sorted at the post office so they don’t have to go through the automatic sorters if you’re worried though:-)

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    Natalie says:

    These are gorgeous! I’m definately going to try making these for my daughter’s 1st birthday. Thanks Lindsay!


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