DIY first birthday party invitations: teddy bear theme

I can't believe that my tiny little baby is about to turn one! When we started to think about a first birthday party theme, it didn't take long to come up with the idea of a teddy bear party. Emma's third word (after "mama" and "dada") was "BEAR!" She loves playing with her stuffed bears, and often carries them around, giving them hugs and kisses.

Once we decided on a teddy bear theme, it didn't take me long to start envisioning invitation ideas. I never buy invitations because I have an invitation-making method that makes it sooo easy to DIY. Basically, I choose 2 types of paper to layer, print the details on the top sheet, and decorate however I want. It's really simple, but they always turn out looking great!
Purple teddy bear invitations for a girl's first birthday party

This time, I decided to walk you through my process in a little more detail. Trust me, you can do this with ANY color, ANY theme, and for ANY party. Once you're bitten by the invitation bug, you'll never want to buy them again. :)

First step: Visit Michaels, and buy every pretty thing you see the materials you'll need. Here's what I used to make the teddy bear invitations:
Materials needed to make DIY Purple teddy bear invitations for a girl's first birthday party

Purple patterned scrapbook paper, paper cutter, light colored paper, printer, double sided tape, hole puncher, purple ribbon, brown cardstock, foam adhesive circles, glitter flower stickers, 5x7 white envelopes, washi tape 

Here's how to do it:

1. Cut purple patterned scrapbook paper into 5" x 7" rectangles. This will be the bottom of your invitations.

2. Open a new word document and change the paper size to 4 1/2 " x 6". Type any information that you want to include, and print onto the lighter colored paper. (I used grey patterned paper.)

3. Cut your printed invitations down to 4 1/2 " to 6", and attach to the purple paper using double sided tape.

4. Punch two holes at the top of each invitation. Tie a bow with a purple ribbon.

5. Print or draw teddy bear faces on brown card stock. Cut out and attach to invitations with foam adhesive circles.

7. Attach a glitter flower sticker behind one of the teddy bear's ears.    

8. Run one strip of washi tape along the flap of a 5x7 white envelope. Add your invitations, address, stamp, and send! 
Purple teddy bear invitations for a girl's first birthday party
Purple teddy bear invitations for a girl's first birthday party
Purple teddy bear invitations for a girl's first birthday party
I honestly can't decide which ones I like best, so I thought I'd ask all of you wonderful, creative people. Which one do you think I should go with? 1, 2 or 3? Vote in the comments! 
Purple teddy bear invitations for a girl's first birthday party
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9 comments:

  1. Laura....These are so stickin' cute! And I love that you give great detail so we can make them. Thank you for sharing at WJIM's Monday's Musings. Have a great week. :-) (I'm pinning.)

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    1. Thanks for the link party! (And for the pin.) :)

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  2. They all look so lovely, Laura. It's hard to choose. I love your color scheme and the theme as well (my daughter's third word was bear as well...). Whatever you end up using I'm sure it'll be adorable and just as special for your little one. Happy early birthday to her!

    Thank you for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop, today. Happy you got to join us this week!

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    1. That's so funny that your daughter's third word was bear too! I'll do a post about the party decorations so you can see how everything turned out. Thanks so much for the great link party!

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  3. These are super cute. I love how you used washi tape on the flap of the envelope. What a pretty touch!

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    1. Thanks! I am a bit addicted to washi tape. . . :)

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  4. Wow!! I am impressed with this teddy bear theme. They all are looking so beautiful. I was looking for some ideas for my little man 2nd birthday party and here I got that. Well, I am planning his party at Chicago venues and now the theme of party will be teddy bear.

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    1. Wenni,
      I'm so glad you found me, and I hope that your party turns out amazing. Check out my latest post for another peak into our teddy bear decorations. :) http://www.laurasplans.com/2016/01/banner.html

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