One problem with my children having birthdays close together is the majority of the year I spend drumming my fingers with no fun parties to plan. When a friend started talking about how much her daughter loved Elmo and 2nd birthday approaching. Well, the rest is history. I got carried away. And offered to help by creating some Elmo Party Invites.
I think the more parties I have under my belt the more I’ve enjoyed the ‘making’ part of party invites. Invitations featuring Elmo were no exception. I started by doing a bit of research on the internet, and then tried to doctor and create an invite which worked for what I had in mind.
I created the invite by using red and white card, a craft knife, scissors, a black sharpie and double-sided tape. To create them was more time-consuming than I’d originally envisaged due to Elmo’s fur. There are a lot more straightforward templates to create Elmo Party Invites, but I do think this design worth the effort. It really is such a fun and unique invitation, you could even present it as a birthday card instead.The three pieces which make up the invite are the main card – Elmo’s face, Elmo’s eyes and the insert for the inside. I’ve included all the templates at the bottom of the post.
For Elmo’s face, the design was printed on A4 red card as ‘two per side’ but only with one print per page. The template was positioned to print onto the left of the page (with the straight edge in the centre). Once printed I folder along the straight edge and used a craft knife to cut into the design.
Elmo’s eyes and nose were printed onto A4 white card, at two per page with four images per card. These were easy enough to cut with scissors. If it was my Elmo party I would order some red paper bags for goody bags and red paper cups to go with the party food. I would do a lot more eyes and nose images and affix them. I think they would be really effective and provide continuity.
For the insert, I used the Sesame Street sign and edited it on Picmonkey. I easily found a font which worked, and Gabby’s mum chose her favoured insert. The images were printed in the same format as the eyes and nose, with six images per card. Again, these were easily cut with scissors.
With all three pieces in place, the next step was the assembly. I started by positioning the eyes and nose with blu-tak and drawing Elmo’s smile with a sharpie. This was a really difficult one. I wonder whether it would have been better to have had a template and printed onto black card. Mr J convinced me that it’s a way of knowing that each invite is unique and handmade. It made the approach taken worth the effort.I love the 3D effect of the card opening, which I saw on Pinterest. This was easily achieved by making two cuts on the folder card underneath where the eyes sit. Pushing the fold forward as you shut the already folded invite. This then gives you a fold to add some double-sided tap to add the Sesame Street sign.
With the sign in place, you can then fold the card back into place. Use double-sided tape on the front of the invite, positioning the tape around the fold and on the bottom of Elmo’s nose. You can then affix the third part of your jigsaw.