Excellent eco-friendly invitation inspiration on the DIY tip #Invitations#diy invitations#eco-friendly#eco-friendly invitations#invitations May 1 2012 | Guest post by hanabanana Want your wedding invitations to be eco-friendly, but to not skimp on the pretty factor? Hana DIYed her invitations, and not only do they look GORGEOUS, they're also uber eco-friendly in so many ways. To keep this project as environmentally mindful as possible, I started out with a big stack of my homemade paper. I carved a block print of a fern and printed that on each sheet. I bought a pad of vellum paper (tracing paper) and printed out the invites, four to a sheet. These were carefully cut and attached to the paper with the fern print using a couple cross stitches in two opposing corners, like this: I created small info cards directing people to our wedding website to RSVP electronically, but also included a phone number that people can call to RSVP. These were printed six to a page and carefully cut out as well. I printed them on some pretty card stock that I bought previously and had used for another wedding project. Related Post Yep, I made my wedding invitations from grocery bags Looking for a way to save money on your DIY wedding invitations? Would you love it if that money-saving idea also jived with your eco-friendly... Read more Both the documents (RSVP cards and invites) were created with good ol' Microsoft Word. I have found through this whole DIY wedding process that anything can be created with Word. The envelopes I bought were made to look like brown paper bags and include 20% post consumer recycled waste. I printed out the address labels on the same vellum paper (once again created with Word) that wrapped around the envelope, with the "to" address on the front and "from" address on the back. Then all I had to do was slap a stamp on them and send them away! Dudes. Invitations can be really expensive. Doing it this way, though it involves a lot more labor, results in eco-friendly invites that reflect your values, and are a blast to make! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by hanabanana I am an urban hobby homesteader who loves creating things out of nothing. My fiance and I have four chickens and two cats who are everything to us. I am an environmental educator who loves to take kids outdoors and learn while getting dirty. My hobbies include anything crafty (knitting, block printing, stationery-creating, etc.), gardening, and being outside. http://tribe.offbeatbride.com/members/hanabanana PREVIOUS Sarah & Rhett's 1930s Art Deco winter wedding NEXT Rebecca Belle, New Jersey's wedding photographer with a built-in celebration Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] These are so beautiful! They look totally professional. I would try making something similar. Kudos! Reply Would you mind sharing how much it cost to make these, and the quantity? Reply Oh my goodness I'll try to figure out a total cost here… I made about 75 total. The vellum paper cost me maybe $5? The cardstock I had on hand from another project. The block printing materials another $5, since I already had all the tools and supplies. Then the envelopes cost about $20, and the handmade paper cost me nothing since, you know, I made 'em. I think that's it. Oh and of course, the postage. Reply I'm probably missing something here but I'm not quite sure, apart from the recycled envelopes, what makes these eco friendly? Could we have more information? They are beautiful too 🙂 Reply Did you miss the part where she said, "I started out with a big stack of my homemade paper"? Reply These are lovely and so personal Reply this post is perfect timing for me, since i've been trying to print my invites since the weekend. I bought vellum paper to go over tree-free, recycled silk and cotton handmade paper cards, and my printer doesn't like the vellum! what kind of printer did you use? I'm going to see if my friend's laser jet works, mine is an ink jet, and we only got one good print, and after 10 minutes, the print had blurred. frustrating! "It's not easy being green" sometimes… haha Reply hmmm… I have a basic hp inkjet. Not at all fancy. I was worried about how the paper would take the ink but it was totally fine. Good luck! Reply Went over to a friend's place last night and printed them all on her laser printer- worked great! Reply What a creative idea! Great color scheme,too.You're right about Word. Between Word and Publisher, you can pretty much create anything. Reply great invite! what site did you use for RSVPs and what not!? thanks* Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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