It's your toddler's birthday and you want to fill his special day with equally special friends and family. While store-bought invitations are cute -- and easy! -- making your own birthday invites for your 2-year-old is an excellent way to save some cash and keep it crafty. Don't worry if you aren't exactly a Picasso -- with a pinch of creativity and a bit of modern technology, any mom can create the perfect party invitation.
Choose a color for our invitation. Opt for a themed hue such as pink for a princess tea party birthday or simply choose your toddler's favorite shade.
Position an 8-inch by 10-inch piece of card stock paper vertically. Fold the paper in half from top to bottom. Cut along the crease to make two halves. Use each half for one invitation.
Type out the party information using a word processing program on your computer. Include your child's name, reason for the party, the date, RSVP number or email, party place and time. Use an easily readable font such Calibri or Times New Roman. Go with a bold color that coordinates with your card stock paper.
Print the party info on a piece of plain white printer paper.
Find a picture or photo to use for the front of the invitation. Look through free clip art online to find an illustration that matches the theme -- for example, a hat and boots for a cowboy party -- or choose one of your own photos of your 2-year-old. Size the picture so that it is smaller than your cut card stock paper half. Print the picture on matte photo paper.
Cut the photo paper to make the image fit on the card stock if needed.
Glue the photo or picture to the front of the card stock. Flip the paper over and glue the printed information to the back.
- Print more than one information set or photo/picture on each piece of paper to save time. Cut the papers apart after printing.
- Have your toddler help you choose a picture for the front of her party invites.
Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.
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