Easy 3D flower birthday party invitations, that kids can help make! Perfect for a spring flowers theme.
Bee had a ‘spring flowers’ birthday party theme for her fourth birthday, so we made these cute flower birthday party invitations for her to give out to her friends. Aren’t they just adorable! And they were the easiest ever to make. Let me show you how.
How to make easy DIY flower birthday party invitations
- Snack-size paper plates
- Neon paints
- Disposable wooden chopsticks
- Green acrylic paint
- Masking tape
- Yellow printer paper
- Everyday craft items like paint brushes, scissors, glue stick, computer, printer, etc.
Step 1: Paint your paper plates!
The first step is the most fun – paint paper plates! Bee and I painted alongside each other, as we like to do. The beauty of this craft is that you can paint your plates any way you like! (But bear in mind that the middle bit will end up being covered.) We used a few different types of paint (whatever we had in our craft cupboard), but these neon paints ended up looking the brightest when dry.
We tried to leave as little white space around the outside as possible, and experimented with a few different coloured borders and patterns.
Step 2: Paint your chopsticks
While you’re painting, you might like to separate your chopsticks and paint them green for later on. Acrylic paint works best for wood.
Step 3: Design your invitations
The next step is to hop onto your computer and design your invitations, so that all the details fit into a small circle shape. Then print them onto yellow paper, cut out and glue on the middle of your flowers.
You could use any program you’re familiar with to design your invitations. I did mine in Picmonkey. It’s a little tricky to explain if you’re not familiar with the program, but here’s what I did:
- Go to picmonkey.com, and click ‘design’ to open up a blank white canvas.
- Go to ‘overlays’ (the butterfly icon on the left), then ‘geometric’, and add a black circle. Stretch it to almost fill your white square.
- Add a second black circle, change the colour to white, and stretch it so that it is almost as big as your first one. Add it on top, so that it looks like you have a large circle outline. In the ‘layers’ box, click the two squares with the down arrow to ‘flatten image’.
- Go to ‘text’ (the Tt icon on the left). Choose your font, and click ‘add text’. Stretch the text box to the width of your circle. Type in your invitation details, centre the text, and play around with the size and spacing until it looks good.
- Click ‘add to hub’ to save an editable version of your invitation. You will also want to save a version on your computer for each person you’re inviting (or you can just save one version and hand-write the names on later).
- Open a word document, and paste a couple of invitations. Do a trial print to check that the circle and text are the right size and readable. I think we ended up doing two invitations per page.
- Once you’ve got your sizing right, paste each person’s invitation into a word document, and print onto yellow paper.
Here’s our invitations mock up, just to give you an idea of the spacing.
Step 4: Paste your invitations onto your paper plates, and cut into flower shapes.
Cut out the invitations, and stick onto the middle of your painted paper plates with glue stick. (Double check that you can’t see any paint through the paper – if you can, you might need to add a second layer of yellow paper underneath).
Cut the outside of your paper plates into flower shapes, by cutting little notches out of the rim. Curved flowers look best, but we also cut out some little triangles to make more geometric looking ones. (Cutting little triangles were easier for Bee to cut. She did a few flowers, and then left the rest for me.)
Step 5: Stick on your chopstick stems
Use two pieces of masking tape to attach the green chopstick to the back of the flower. (Bee was able to do this by herself, as long as I provided plenty of pre-cut masking tape, and made sure that she wasn’t sticking the stems on upside down!)
Bee was so proud of how they turned out!
And she especially liked handing them out to her friends!
For more flower ideas, you might like:
- How to make a frangipani lei
- Healthy flower themed snack
- Healthy flower themed party platter
- How to make easy flower cuffs
- How to make a paper plate rose
- How to make an egg carton rose
- Easy colour changing flowers science experiment
- How to make real bi-coloured flowers
And I’ve collected lots of more flower themed ideas on my Flowers! Pinterest board.
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