Wedding season is here and with my sister’s wedding coming up in September (in which I will be Maid of Honor), my brain has been swimming with DIY wedding ideas! I will be hosting her bridal shower at the end of June and I have been having so much fun coming up with decor ideas, party favors and of course the menu! But first thing’s first, it’s not a party without the people! That’s where this tutorial comes in 😉
I love browsing through all of the pretty designs available for purchase on Pinterest and Etsy, but I feel like it is extra special if I can create my own – its that personal touch that makes all the difference! Not to mention, it’s a real cost-saver (insert praise hands emoji here). Plus, once you’re a master at creating your own design, you have the freedom to customize it for any event in the future! It’s really a win-win 🙂 I like to use Microsoft Publisher because it is simple to use and is included with most Microsoft Office packages. So if you want to see how I created the simple but beautiful bridal shower invitation above, just keep reading!
Step 1: Choose the size of your card
When you open Microsoft Publisher you should see this:
Select ‘Blank Page Sizes’ and then choose your desired card size. I used A5 (Portrait).
Step 2: Start with your text
Once your document is open, begin by adding a text box. To do this, click on ‘Insert’ and then select ‘Text Box’
Resize and position the text box in the area in which you want to add your text. You will probably be adding multiple text boxes depending on the different amounts of text you want to include on your card. Once your text box is where you want it, enter your desired text. Play around with different fonts and sizes to come up with a look that you like.
One way I love to add even more customization is by downloading unique fonts using www.dafont.com. They have tons of different styles to choose from that are FREE! It’s really simple to use – just follow these quick steps:
- Go to www.dafont.com and select the font you like
- Once you’ve decided on a font, click on ‘Download’
- When the file finishes downloading, open in new window (it should look something like this):
- Double click on the first file and it will open a window displaying your selected font
- Click the ‘Install’ button at the top. Once the installation finishes, the font should be available in the drop down font menu within all of your Microsoft Office programs
You can download/install as many different fonts as you want to mix up the look of your card. I love mixing a clean crisp font with a handwritten script look. Here’s what my card looked like after adding two different text boxes as well as combining 5 different fonts (specific names and event details have been changed for privacy reasons 😉 )
Here is a breakdown of the 5 different fonts I used:
To get these fonts for yourself just click on the appropriate links below:
- Print Clearly
- Tamoro Script
- Pristina (no need to download, this comes standard with Microsoft Office 🙂 )
- Caviar Dreams
Step 3: Add an image
Select ‘Insert’ and hover over ‘Picture’ and select either ‘Clip Art’ or ‘From File’ to add any saved image to your card
When the image imports to your document, it will disrupt the way your text is formatted (see below), but this is an easy fix.
Right click on the image, hover over the word ‘Order’ and select ‘Send to Back’
This will allow the text to return to your original layout and make it so that your image can be freely moved around without disrupting the overall look of your card. From here you can position the image wherever you like, as well as resize it using the little circles on the sides/corners.
Step 4: Print Settings
Once you are happy with how your card looks, it’s time to print! You most likely chose a card size that is smaller than an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper, so make sure to follow the steps below to duplicate your design and make the most out of one sheet of paper.
Select ‘File’ and click on ‘Print Setup’. Click on the drop down arrow where it says ‘Size’ and select ‘A4’. Then change the orientation to ‘Landscape’. After those two changes, you should see the option to select ‘Multiple copies per sheet’. Select this option.
Next, select ‘File’ and click on ‘Print Preview’, it should look something like this (or more if your card was a smaller size):
If everything looks good, hit ‘Print’ and do a little happy dance because you just created your own beautiful invitation! (I like to use Kraft paper to give it a rustic look, but any card stock paper would look great!) Just add a little twine and some dried flowers to give it that finished look, and you’re all set!
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