How to Make a Formal Save the Date Card

save the date DIY

Here it is as requested – the tutorial (with pictures this time!) for how to make your own formal save the date card! I hope you find this useful in creating your own 🙂

Total cost per card: $0.68

Materials Required:

  1. Project Board (black) – 12″ x 12″ sheets
  2. Shimmer Cardstock Paper – 8.5 x 11″ sheets
  3. Shimmer envelopes – 6.5 x 6.5″ squares
  4. Rose seal stickers
  5. 25 yards of black satin ribbon (9mm thick)
  6. Scotch permanent glue
  7. Adhesive tape runner
  8. Hole punch 1/8″

How to Make the Save the Date Card:

Take a 12 x 12″ sheet of project board and use your trimmer to cut it into four 6 x 6″ squares.

diy save the date handmade how to

diy save the date handmade how to

Next take your 8.5 x 11″ shimmery cardstock in the accent color of your choice and use your trimmer to measure and cut out two 5.5 x 5.5″ squares.

diy save the date handmade how to

diy save the date handmade how to

Then take your white, cream or ivory colored 8.5 x 11″ shimmery cardstock and use your trimmer to measure and cut out two 4.5 x 4.5″ squares.

diy save the date handmade how to

diy save the date handmade how to

Then take the hole puncher and cut out two 1/8″ inch holes approximately 0.5 inch down from the top of the white square so that the two holes are in the center and 0.5 inch apart from each other. Using a ruler, you should punch a hole at the 2 inch mark and 2.75 inch mark.

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

Then, cut your 9mm wide black satin ribbon (approximately 14 inches in length).

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

Angle both ends of the ribbon so you can easily loop them through both holes of the card.

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

Then tie the ends into a bow in the middle.

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

Now you are ready to glue your pieces together. Take the 5.5 x 5.5 inch square and glue it in the middle of the 6 x 6″ black square so that it is exactly in the middle with a 0.5 inch border around it. IMPORTANT! Only about a thin line of glue will do!

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

Press the cardstock down firmly and allow to dry. Then apply glue to the back of the cardstock square with the ribbon bow. Press it down so that it’s centered with a 0.5 inch border around it and allow it to fully dry.

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

Trim the ends of the bow and angle them.

 save the date DIY handmade how to tutorial

Now it’s time to add your text. I did this the easy way but if you’re really patient and ambitious, you can try printing out the text directly on the ivory shimmery cardstock and cutting that out. Problem is, I didn’t want to waste cardstock paper with mess ups so I just printed out text on regular computer paper. I did a few practice printouts to get it just right. I used a regular MS Word font – nothing special and nothing that I had to pay for. Honestly, does it really matter?

save the date diy handmade tutorial how to

save the date diy handmade tutorial how to

Cut out your text using your trimmer so that you have an even border around it.

save the date diy handmade tutorial how to

Now, apply adhesive tape using a tape runner to the edges on the back of the square. This is important particularly if you are using regularly computer paper because you don’t want the glue to bleed through or rumple the paper.

save the date diy handmade tutorial how to

Line it up and press it down – and voila! You have completed your save the date card!

save the date diy handmade tutorial how to

save the date DIY

Now you can use a 6.5 x 6.5″ shimmery envelope (I bought mine from eBay) and use a seal sticker of your choice on the back. For my invitations, I’m thinking of using a wax seal! But the silver rose stickers I used are by Wilton and I bought them on sale at Joann’s.

save the date diy handmade tutorial how to

save the date diy handmade tutorial how to

save the date DIY

save the date DIY

So, with my mother, grandmother, and cousin available to help me out last Sunday, we were able to crank out all 70 save the date cards and get them in the mail. By having a couple trimmers, a few glue sticks, scissors, rulers, and pens, we developed a great assembly line and were able to put them all together in only a few hours. If I tried to do them all myself – it probably would’ve taken a couple weeks squeezing in time here and there after work and in between MBA classes. I recommend gathering some friends together to help you out so you can get your save the dates or invitations done much faster! Some of these steps are so simple that your helpers don’t have to be super crafty to accomplish them, though you may want to do a couple spot checks before you seal all those envelopes – you know, just in case a bow is a little frayed at the ends or an edge could be cleaned up a tad! 😉

Good luck with your own save the dates and I hope this helps!

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