Hear Ye, Hear Ye, it’s party time again in One Artsy Mama land! As you know Amy and I (Erin) love throwing kids’ parties, and May is an especially fun month because I get to celebrate my Irish twins’ birthdays! Prince C and Bam Bam turned 4 and 5 this month, and they asked for a fun “knights and dragons” party with all their little buddies. Over the next couple of days you’ll get to see all the bits and pieces of this party (like we did with the TMNT party), but we’ll begin with the part of the party that sets the tone, the invitation!
-Cardstock (for this invite specifically, 1 red/burgandy piece, and one parchment-colored piece)
-1 piece of vellum
-Wooden Dowels (mine are courtesy of CraftProjectIdeas.com)
-Gold Metallic Paint
Step 1: Paint dowels and wooden beads with gold metallic paint . Pre-cut the dowels to fit your invite. Mine were around 6 inches in length based on a 5×7 invite.
Step 2: Attach bead to end of dowel using hot glue.
Step 3: Design invite wording and print it out on the vellum. MAKE SURE TO LET DRY. Seriously, put the printed pieces of vellum away in a safe spot for an hour or so. Try not to touch it. Trust me. No really, trust me. Fonts I used were Perry Gothic and EG Dragon Caps.
Step 4: Burn the edges of your parchment paper layer. I did this over a trashcan with a lighter, because it was raining outside. Make sure to be careful and have water (just in case) nearby!
Step 5: Attach the three layers (red card stock, parchment paper, and vellum) with glue dots.
Step 5: Put a thin line of hot glue along the top and the bottom of the invite and glue your wooden dowels.
I was able to add the wooden dowels because I knew I could hand deliver my invites and not have to worry so much about envelopes. If you need to put them in envelopes then I’d either eliminate the wooden dowel all together and use a gold card stock border at the top and bottom, or use flat wooden dowels with no beads.
I absolutely love how these turned out, and it really got the little knights excited and in the mood to slay some dragons. Stay tuned for some more fun Knights and Dragons party details!