Coming up with invitations for family events is one of my favorite parts of planning something special. Why? It sets the tone, prepares family and friends for what kind of gathering it will be based on the feel of the invitation. Will it be silly and fun? Pretty and sophisticated? Authentic and realistic?
The invitation communicates it all.
Sometimes I enjoy making invitations one by one and all of the delicate steps that requires. Other times, especially when I have some special events back to back, I’m all for mass production. Make one invitation that will be mail-friendly, duplicate, and sent with a stamp (or two)! It’s all about letting your invitation design be a part of the whole shipping package–no pun intended. We’re talking simple mailer invitations.
Let me show you what I mean…
I start with my vision of an invitation. For Rowan’s, it was one large watercolor red crab, a lot of white space, and minimal handwriting for the details of his gathering.
I decided I would paint one crab on the bottom half of some watercolor paper and then reproduce it.
For mailer invitations it really all comes down to the paper you use. I love Mohawk’s High Gloss paper . It is super thick, super glossy, and prints beautifully on a standard home printer. (You can find similar high gloss paper at an office supply store local to you.) High quality paper is your secret weapon.
Print your original invitation (my red crab) onto your paper via your home printer. Easy.
Then I went ahead and hand wrote the invitation details. (Each invitation was a little unique with the details but I could have definitely saved a step and printed my handwritten details along with the crab.)
With a full size invitation (meaning I’m using a full sheet of paper) you just fold the invitation in half with a nice crease down the middle. I was excited that the recipients would open this very white invitation to find a huge crab on the inside.
Once closed, you can decorate or keep minimal one side of the invitation’s outside. Once again, I wanted the invitation as minimal as possible so added just a little crab detail.
On the other side of the exterior of the invitation is where you turn this invitation into mail/envelope/invitation all in one.
And an address, return address, and two stamps.
Then, be sure to tape down the invitation flap in two places so your invitation doesn’t get stuck in any mail sorters.
Once you get the process down it is so fun/easy to send invitations via mail–mailer invitations!
There are two ways to make these mailer invitations:
full sheet mailer (the crab invitation)–
- you can fit more information on the invitation because it is a full sheet
- it frees up one side on the outside for more text or decoration
half sheet/postcard mailer (Caroline’s baptism invitation)–
- a nice, large postcard size looks great with a printed photograph
- your invitation information needs to be on the same side as your image since the other side will have sender info.
- you can make a stack of postcards (full sheet cut in half) of kids’ art to send to family and friends with a little handwritten message
Once addresses are written and stamps put on, you’ll have a stack of custom made invitation mailers ready for the mail!
my love of invitations:
the sleepy time gal