DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Sometimes it’s good to get back to DIY basics. Patterned invitation backers can break the budget for many couples because there is so much time and labor involved. We always like to encourage people to take matters into their own hands – and today we’ll show you exactly how to do that! Over the years, we’ve experimented with backers of all sorts as well as different methods to DIY-ing them. This simple tutorial yields beautiful results if you’re precise and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, so to speak! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Patterned Backer Step1 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step One: First you’ll want to decide what paper or material you’d like to use on the back of your invitations. We selected this Botanical Fern Paper in text weight to coordinate with the fern invitation design. Vertical directional patterns like this one mean that you’ll only get one backer out of each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of text paper. If you’d like to get two backers per sheet, select a non-directional or horizontal pattern. Measure your invitation precisely (very, very precisely), and cut your text paper to that size. Our invitation was 5″ x 7″ so that is the size we cut our paper.

Patterned Backer Step2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Two: Gather all of your materials together. This will be your invitation, pre-cut paper backers, and spray glue. When using spray glue, it is important that you do your project in a ventilated location, preferably outside. Make sure that you have a clean, sturdy table so that you can move immediately to the next step. Hold the patterned paper, back side facing you, and spray with a light coat of spray adhesive (see photo below). When the entire surface is covered, move immediately to Step Three.

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Patterned Backer Step3 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Three: On your clean and firm surface, place one invitation face down. Very carefully align the top corners of the backer to the top corners of the invitation. Slowly adhere the paper down the back until you’ve reached the bottom corners. Set aside. The key here is to really get the backer on carefully and straight. It’s just a matter of being precise and having the paper cut correctly to start.

Repeat Step Two and Three until all of your invitations are complete. Then move on to Step Four.

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Step Four: Check your invitations and see if there are any paper edges peeking over the edge of the invitation. If there is, carefully trim them off with a ruler and craft knife, being certain not to cut into the invitation itself. Once you’ve checked them all, let them cure. Overnight is best and you can also weigh them down under a heavy book if you’d like. The key is to make certain that they’re really well adhered.

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Bookbinding linen, which has a study paper back adhered, is another really beautiful and classic option for backing your invitation (see the blush linen backer in the photo above). There are numerous colors to choose from and it’s just as easy to use as paper! No fraying involved!

Materials

Invitations

Patterned Paper or Book Binding Linen

Spray Adhesive

Ruler and Craft Knife

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Floral Cocktail Party Coasters

Spring is here, and after a far too long winter, I say bring on the flowers! This floral coaster project screams warm weather and delicious cocktails. While I used a little leftover wallpaper from a home decor project, grab any beautiful floral paper you can get your hands on (I used some Oh Joy! Petal Pusher wallpaper that I had left over from my office). Tackle this project, and then throw yourself a Spring cocktail party! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
floral wrapping paper or wallpaper
scissors
cork tile
decoupage glue
paint brushes
craft knife
craft glue

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Step One: Begin by cutting out several flowers from your floral paper.

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Step Two: Affix the paper flowers onto the cork tile using decoupage glue.

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Step Three: Use a craft knife to cut away excess cork.

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Step Four: Apply at least two more layers of  decoupage glue to seal the paper flowers. Allow to dry between each coat.

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Step Five: Carefully paint the edges of the coasters in bright colors.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Seashell Photo by Carolyn Cochrane // Sarah + Blake’s dip dye wedding invitations by Suite Paperie

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Swiss Cottage Designs: Day of Wedding Stationery Inspiration

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I can’t believe it’s already our final blog post of this week – time is just flying by these days. It’s been a great week posting here on Oh So Beautiful Paper! Thank you to all the lovely readers for stopping by and a big thanks to Nole for the great content. We’ve had a blast! – Courtney of Swiss Cottage Designs

Back to the paper! With the summer wedding season upon us, many of our conversations have been moving towards the topic of day of elements. What are those you ask? These are all the little bits and pieces that really help make your wedding day special. You can go traditional and create lovely menus, place cards and table numbers that match your wedding theme or you can get creative with unique cocktail napkins, tote bags, custom buttons or even rub-on tattoos. The possibilities are endless! I really believe that the day of items are almost just as important as your wedding suite. They help create the look and feel of your big day while leaving your guests with something to remember. Below are some fun ideas and inspiration for brides planning their big day:

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Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Coasters and matchbooks make great little take-home pieces for guests. They’re useful around the house without being cumbersome in the least and serve as a fun reminder of the special celebration.

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Photo by Hello Love Photo

Cocktail napkins make an awesome day of item. They’re the perfect blend of design and function (so long as you don’t mind them getting a little dirty!). I’ve even seen people use them as pocket squares at weddings – creative!

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Photo by Kristen Marie Photography via 100 Layer Cake

A well-styled wedding is all in the details. Custom table signage may seem like a small consideration, but goes a long way to unify the style and mood of the occasion.

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Photo by Joe Mikos

Welcome bags are a lovely gift and greeting to guests who have come from near and far. They also establish the tone of the festivities to come. A personalized tote, travel mug, water bottle and custom map of the area are just a few of the items you can include.

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Photo by Joe Mikos

I love this idea – fly your flag high and proud on your big day! Banners are an adorable day of addition, especially for outdoor tented occasions. Plus, they can serve as a signal to guide a wayward guest back towards the party!

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Photo by Max Wagner via 100 Layer Cake

People always say your wedding day will fly by and they’re right! This great idea takes the standard guest book to the next level with credit card sized photos and personal messages. Re-living your guests excitement and well wishes is a priceless gift.

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Photo by Trent Bailey

Guests may not notice every detail, but you can bet they’ll be looking at the menu! Such a key part of the reception is a perfect place to provide both information and continue the aesthetic of the celebration. This menu was designed so you can place the napkin over the content but the pattern still pops out on the sides.

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Photo by Hello Love Photo

Tote bags make an excellent day of item. Guests will inevitably have lots of bits and bobs to carry around during the weekend and will appreciate the extra help. I personally like making the design more neutral so guests are able to use it after the wedding weekend.

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Photo by Weddings by Two

Remember how fun it was to put on temporary tattoos when you were a kid? Now you can bring that awesomeness to your big day! Tattly has tons of fun designs to choose from for weddings of all kinds. I made custom ones for my big day and they were for sure the sleeper success of my wedding.

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Photo by Weddings by Two

I love when a favor is something that your guests can use again and again, it makes it worth the effort! I’m obsessed with mugs and created custom ones for my wedding favor. Perfect for coffee, tea, or water on those days when everything else is in the dishwasher. Your guests will always remember your big day when they use it.

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Photo by Weddings by Two

As a teenager, pins were arguably the best way to let everyone know what we liked, from music to brands. Guests can don these little guys are the reception or take them home for later. We used them to break up “Groom” vs. “Bride” (though some guests picked Switzerland to be neutral).

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Photo by Joe Mikos

 Programs are one of the most traditional day of elements. I am all about making pieces that will work for you again. I like to make the investment count! If you do an illustrated program, you’ll have this art as a way commemorate your big day for years to come.

We hope these ideas have your creative ideas flowing! Thank you again for letting us share our two cents over here on Oh So Beautiful paper, see you next time!

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Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Pastels

I think a lot of us find a special little place in our hearts for pastels come spring, no? They’re a nice little refresher between the dark hues of fall and winter and the vibrant shades of summer. When done right these pale colors can look sweet and sophisticated, and be the perfect complement to your springtime wedding! —Kelly

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Photo by Delbarr Moradi Photography, Welcome Sign by Enjoy Events Co. via 100 Layer Cake

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Photo by Harwell Photography, Place Cards by Erica Loesing via 100 Layer Cake (left), Photo by Delbarr Moradi Photography, Place Cards by Enjoy Events Co. via 100 Layer Cake

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Photo by Rachel Peters Photography, Drink Menu by Kim Roach Designs via Wedding Chicks

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Photo by Mike Colon, Menu by Papermade Designs via Wedding Chicks (left), Photo by Rachel Peters Photography, Drink Menu by Kim Roach Designs via Wedding Chicks (right)

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Photo by Sarah Gawler via Style Me Pretty

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Photo by City Love Photography, Menu by Chykalophia Design via Style Me Pretty (left), Photo by Kelly Braman Photography, Menu by Lindsay Letters via Every Last Detail (right)

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Photos by Gladys Jem Photography, Escort Cards and Programs by Charmed Events Group via Style Me Pretty

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