How to make rustic wedding invitations with twine, tags and band

A lot of brides enjoy DIY invitations. I know I did when I was getting married. I get asked questions everyday of where I purchase supplies, how I tie the twine, what kind of lace I use, etc. I thought I’d post some tips that I have about creating the perfect DIY invitation suite.

This is my rustic elegance calligraphy wedding invitation design. Purchase this design HERE

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This bride’s color scheme was navy and blush. She wanted to keep things pretty rustic, but tie in those colors. While keeping budget in mind, I suggested a card stock blush band, twine, and tag.

First, I cut 1.5″ wide by 11″ wide blush card stock. I wrapped it around the invitation so that I can adhere it on the back side.

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I like to do about 3.5″ on one flap and 2.5″ on the other flap. There’s no rhyme or reason. I just like an off-centered seam.

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I prefer to use a bone folder to create a nice crease. It’s one of my favorite tools and I’ve had mine since high school. You can find them on Amazon here. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can use the another tool, ruler, or your fingers. I prefer a tool since my fingers get ink on them or grease.

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After I create the creases, I take my double-sided tape tool and add some to the shorter flap. I used THIS double-sided tape. I prefer a permanent tape versus the adjustable kind. I don’t feel it holds as well.

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Again, I pull out my bone folder and press the seam to make sure it sticks well.

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Now onto the twine. I do like to have all of my paper cut to size first. I round all of the corners. Then I cut all of the twine needed and do all of the bands, so that I’m not constantly going back and forth.

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I use THIS twine from Michael’s craft stores (except I use the darker version sold in stores). I cut enough twine to wrap around 3 times and have enough to tie the ends together. Then I take about 4″ and hold it on the backside.

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Then I wrap it around the front, then back around the back. I then pull it back around the front to create an X.

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I wrap a 3rd time and pull it around the front to create a parallel line to the one I previously did. This creates the crisscross effect.

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Before wrapping it back around, I add on the tag.

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Then I wrap it around the back side, tie it off and twine the excess. I like to have 3 clean lines on the back side.

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This is the finished product. The bands create a nice holder to contain all of the inserts for the invitation suite.

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