How to Make Wedding Invitations with Pressed Flowers
Wedding invitations can be expensive, and when it all comes down to it, making your own is not only cost affective but it adds a personal touch that your guests will appreciate. One of the best embellishments to add to wedding invitations is pressed flowers. This is a project that will cost a few cents an invitation while making a big impact.
Step 1: Choosing and Pressing the Flowers
The best way to choose the flowers that you will be incorporating into your invitations is to consider your color scheme. Pick flowers that have full petals that will be easy to flatten and will not loose their shape. Consider violets or daisies but stay away from flowers like lavender and blue bells. The easiest and most sure fire way to press flowers is to lay them between two pieces of waxed paper and put them in between the pages of a book or under anything that has about 10 to 12 lbs of weight to it. Allow the flowers to stay under the weight for about a week to insure that they are completely flat.
Step 2: Choosing the Paper
The base of the invitation must be a stiff paper. The best paper to use is card stock as it has a sturdy weight to it and the flowers will not make it bend or buckle. Card stock comes in many colors and often several colors as well. This is another chance to coordinate the invitation with your wedding color scheme. Another touch that can be added is strips of homemade paper. The homemade papers that are on the market often have dried flowers embedded in them and would add elegance to the overall look of the invitation. The last type of paper that you will need to purchase is velum. Velum is a clear paper that will be used to protect the flower once it is secured onto the invitation.
Step 3: Assembling the Invitation
To begin your invitation cut a piece of card stock into fourths. Measure down 2 to 3 inches from the top (depending on the size of the flower). Write the essential information for your guests at the bottom of the piece of card stock. Include the bride and groom's names, information about the ceremony and the time of the reception. Choose a pen that is either gold or silver to add a special touch to the invitation. Let the lettering dry before proceeding to the next step. Once the ink has dried put a bit of hot glue onto top of the invitation. Tear a piece of homemade paper and glue it into place. Over the homemade paper glue the pressed flower. Let the glue on both the paper and flower dry before finally securing it with a piece of velum secured over top of the flower. Remember to use glue that will dry clear as you do not want to see it when the invitation is complete.
Put the guests names on the envelope and send them off to announce the big day.