How to Design Hatbox-Shaped Invitations


A hatbox-shaped invitation is a clever way to invite guests to an
afternoon tea, Victorian-themed party, Red Hat Society event or any
other sophisticated gathering. A few simple steps can help you design
your own customized invitation for whatever type of get-together you
are planning.Difficulty:ChallengingInstructions Things You'll
Need
Cardstock
Pencil
Ruler
Round shape or stencil
(optional)
Scissors
Scrapbook paper printed with
designs
Glue
Hole-punch
Thin, decorative cord
class="error">Decide what shape you want your hatbox to be. Hatboxes
come in many different shapes and styles, but the most common are
circles, octagons and hexagons. Octagons or
Invitations set the tone for an event, letting guests know the
formality and theme of the celebration. Music and the 1950s are two
popular party themes that can be represented by record-shaped
invitations. Whether you're hosting a "Grease"-themed costume party, a
'50s sock hop dance or a rock n' roll birthday party, record-shaped
invitations will impress your guests and help set your party apart.
Set aside half a day for this project, as shaping invitations to mimic
vinyl records will take time and attention to detail. Use a real
7-inch record as a visual, if you can.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions
Things You'll
Need
Cardstock
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Marker
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A baby booty is an appropriate choice for a baby shower invitation, as
booties are a classic baby shower gift and a hallmark accessory of
newborn babies. A homemade booty invitation can serve as a treasured
keepsake for many family members of the newborn and also allow you to
add a personal, handmade touch to the shower invitations. Booties can
be simply drawn using simple shapes and line drawings and are easily
recognizable.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll
Need
Construction paper
Pencil
Markers
Scissors
Lace
(optional)
Buttons (optional)
Glue (optional)
class="error">Select construction paper for the invitations based on
the gender of the baby.
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Whether you are planning your wedding at a beach close to home or in a
glamorous destination location, flip-flop-shaped invitations will set
your guests' mood for the event. They are also very easy to decorate,
so you can customize the invitations based on your wedding's colors
and level of formality. For nearby celebrations, send your invitations
out six weeks before the wedding date. If you are having a destination
wedding, however, mailing the invitations three months in advance is
advisable.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll
Need
5-by-8-inch card stock
Printer
Scissors or rotary
cutter
Hole punch
Ribbon
Hot glue

Type
your invitation

Weddings
Instead of using a traditional card-shaped invitation for a baby
shower, create your own using a diaper shape. While both a cloth and
disposable diaper shape will work, the cloth diaper has a sharper,
more identifiable shape. You can use various types of paper, including
pieces of scrapbook paper, to make the diaper look fun. Choose a fun
print, like stripes or polka dots. On the white side of the printed
paper, include the party information .Difficulty:Moderately
EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Paper
Cloth
diaper
Pencil
Scissors
Safety pin sticker or decal
class="error">Place the cloth diaper on a piece of paper.
Trace
around the diaper with the pencil.
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You can make unique invitations for your special baby shower. Try
being creative by adding more dimension to handmade shower invitations
for a small, intimate shower or a large gathering. They can be hand
delivered with a fresh miniature flower or sent through the mail. You
can make fan shaped invitations for a baby shower to start the mood
for a memorable party. Here are some tips.Difficulty:Moderately
EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Recyclable lightweight
cardboard
Lavender, yellow, pink or blue paper
Pink and blue
1/4-inch satin ribbon
Hole punch
Tiny heart or tiny hole
punch
Pinking or decorative scissors

Trace a
half circle

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What teen doesn't feel like a star on his birthday! Create colorful
star-shaped invitations for a birthday party to celebrate the special
event. Favorite colors, a large star template and a little imagination
will make these stars stand out and bring attention to a birthday
party not to be missed.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions
Things You'll Need
White card stock
Computer and
printer
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler
White glue
Envelopes (to
fit star invitations)

Front and insideUse a word
processing like Microsoft Word to create a star for the invitations in
the size desired, but not larger than 5-by-5 inches. Fill the star
with a favorite color. O

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Hatboxes are decorative as well as practical. If you have an elaborate
hat you need to store, a hatbox provides protection from dust and
crushing. A hatbox is the best choice if you need to transport a
wedding hat from your home to the church. Hatboxes can also be used to
store seasonal items while still in plain sight. They can be made from
wood, corrugated cardboard, chipboard or papier mache', and are
usually covered with bright print fabrics, patterned contact paper or
wallpaper. They can also be painted, stained, lacquered or varnished.
This article details how to make a hatbox from chipboard, which is the
cardboard used to make cereal boxes.Difficulty:Moderately
ChallengingInstructions
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