DIY Wedding Invitation Ornament

Got leftover wedding invitations lying around and don’t have the heart to throw them away quite yet? I’ve got a holiday suggestion:

1) Chop up a couple of them into long strips of varying widths showing the key lines.

2) Roll ’em up really tight (I trimmed the strips so that the words show up at the end of the rolls).

3) Toss ’em in one of those glass globe ornaments available in most craft stores.

4) Hang and go ‘ooo’ and ‘aahhh’ at your good work.

I still have over a dozen of these suckers left since the minimum order was 100, so they may very well contribute to a holiday bonfire this year. Grr… I hate waste.


Mrs. Green Tea

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August 2008
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  1. meatball Member
    meatball 624 posts, Busy bee @ 2:38 pm

    What a great, sweet and simple idea! Thanks!

  2. balletflat Member
    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 2:39 pm

    Great idea! It’s sentimental for you and your husband, and for others who come over, it’s a cute handmade type of decoration!

  3. deviledegg Member
    deviledegg 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:47 pm

    Great idea, Mrs. GT!

  4. mssushi Member
    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:49 pm

    What a cute idea!

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:52 pm

    love love love!

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    Ashley, Guest @ 3:00 pm

    awesome!!! if only i had leftovers!!!!! :-(

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    Katie, Guest @ 3:01 pm

    LOVE IT!

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    linzmariedesigns, Guest @ 3:04 pm

    These are great!! What size ornament did you use?

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    leslie, Guest @ 3:06 pm


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    Sparkles 706 posts, Busy bee @ 3:07 pm

    Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Rhodey, Guest @ 3:07 pm


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    phruphru, Guest @ 3:07 pm

    totally going to do this, too!!

  13. toucan Member
    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:10 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I’m totally going to be crafting one this weekend! 😀

  14. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 3:27 pm

    @linzmariedesigns: i think it’s about 2.5″ diamenter

    notes to all:
    – works best with cardstock (thickness keep curls)
    – the above amount took 2 invitations to make (see link in post for invite reference)
    – took me a whole episode of House ++ to roll them all tightly (i rolled each of them twice, once from each end to get the most curliness)
    – my fingertips are still a bit raw right now from the intense rolling!

    happy crafting!

  15. avocado Member
    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:39 pm

    You are the craftiest bee on the block.

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    blablover5, Guest @ 3:47 pm

    That’s a neat idea. One could always toss in some ribbon as well if they have any left over to give it a whole invitation feel.

  17. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:22 pm

    LOVE! What a great idea :)

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    Cécy, Guest @ 4:25 pm

    I love the idea.
    I wanted a Christmas ornament that would reprensent the fact that we got married this year so I made to rings into one an other with fimo dough representing our rings, but I might have to do your idea as well. I have some of the French invitations left, a bit of the red nepalese paper and maybe some ribbon too…

  19. pinotnoir Member
    pinotnoir 799 posts, Busy bee @ 4:28 pm

    Great Idea!! I wish I had left over invitations!

  20. taffy Member
    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:53 pm

    What a great idea!!! :)

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    D. Marie, Guest @ 6:02 pm

    That is so beautiful….and not only just for invitations…you could put some many different things in the ornament and give them as gifts! Great idea! Now I have to make my way over to the craft store!

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    RTW, Guest @ 7:32 pm

    You are so crafty– this idea is genius!

  23. penguin Member
    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:40 pm

    AWESOME! I’m gonna do 2 or 3 of these!

    Those are some awesome photo taking skills too!

    Awesome? Yeah awesome. Awe-inspiring. Awe-inducing.

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    bellenga, Guest @ 7:51 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I hope I can pull this one off next year..I’m not the craftiest at the actual making of things, but love to design/decorate and plan.

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    bellenga, Guest @ 7:52 pm

    You had such a great idea! Holiday toast to Mrs. Green Tea! I will try this for my coworker who just had a baby..use her baby’s birth announcement!

    This site is so fun.

  26. glitter Member
    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 8:30 pm

    Oooh, I love it! A craft that maybe even a craft-challenged person, like me, can handle! Although it remains to be seen…Thanks for the inspiration!

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    alison, Guest @ 9:07 pm

    Thanks for that extra gift for my folks!! Perfect and easy :)

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    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 9:14 pm

    @Mrs. Penguin: omg i died a little inside from laughing so hard. we gotta quit this awesome game, yo. it’s seriously killing me. if you iz in my hood anytime soon by some miracle, holla coz them globe ornaments comes in a pack of 6 and though they’re not worth shipping, it’d be great if you take 3 off my hands.

    @Miss Glitter: craftiness not necessary for this project, just tolerant fingertips 😉

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    Nice post! its interesting and informative , i really like the idea, thanks for sharing this wonderful post, keep it up!

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