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DIY birthday invitation ideas and inspiration

It’s always party planning season and inviting all your friends and family is a pretty important part of the process! This is the perfect opportunity to add an extra special personal touch with a handmade birthday invitation.

 Rifle through our birthday invitation ideas to inspire your creations for your next big birthday bash! A sophisticated design or a fun-themed invite for the kids, we have some great DIY birthday party invitation ideas gathered from around the web that will be sure to spark your creativity for when you make your own birthday invitations.

Bring the color come rain or shine

Dream in every color of the rainbow with this concertinaed invitation; this will be sure to catch your guests’ eye and let them know that this is one party they don’t want to miss - come rain or shine!! Mr Printables created this fantastic simple invitation design for a quick make with a free printable invitation template - great if you need some last-minute inspo!

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Invites that POP!

This unique design from Kimberly at A Girl and a Glue Gun brings something unique and exciting to your invitations. Roll up your invite, place it in the balloon along with a sprinkle of confetti and attach with some shimmery washi tape to the front of a card. Get your guests to pop the balloon to reveal the little surprise invite inside! Such a great idea for your next birthday invite no matter the party theme. Whether a 4th or 40th birthday, this will be a hit.

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Bring on the sophistication

These cards from Martha Stewart are perfect for a classy evening soirée. Intricate cutting to create the cocktail class silhouette, beautiful calligraphy and a stylish slide-out feature makes for a fabulous invitation.

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A tropical twist

Sandra Dietrich from Crate showcases these floral motifs that can come together to create a beautiful invitation, perfect for a summer birthday. With sparkly gold foam letters and pretty hand-crafted petals, it makes for a sweet and vibrant invitation that stands out from the crowd.

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Go nuts for this circuit donut design!

As the great creatives behind Pineapple Paper Co will surely agree, cricutsure  makes your card making life a lot easier! They show you exactly how simple it can be with this wonderful invitation design, bursting with perfect pastels and using nothing more than some card stock, cricut machine and your choice of adhesive.

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A simply sweet design

This fantastic idea from Nikki offers the most delicious motif to add to any birthday invite - ice cream or lollipop, just a simple circle punch, a few sheets from your card stock, and some hundreds and thousands you probably have buried at the back of your kitchen cupboards, and you’ll be on your way to making these scrumptious cards!

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Treat your guests with this little box

Who said invites had to be a simple card? Not us! Just like Style Me Pretty, make your own origami boxes and fill it with shredded tissue, confetti, maybe even a little sweet treat along with the all important invitation. This is an invitation your guests will want to treasure.

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One to spark your creativi-tea

We love this super unique idea from Joy at Pipio - whether it’s an afternoon tea party you’re hosting or you’re just a big lover of tea (just like us!), this will be sure to spark conversation! This design isn’t just great for your birthday, it’s perfect for all those big occasions you have planned - think weddings and baby showers! This is definitely one to impress the guests if you want to go that extra mile with your invite design.

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Pom-pom perfection

These amazing pom-pom ice cream birthday cards from White House Crafts would definitely work for invites as well! Grab yourself a small pom-pom maker and make some cute and colorful mini pom-poms to add onto your card. Another fab way to bring something a little different to your invitations!

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Rocket to the top with this invitation

Great for a kid's birthday party, this rocket invitation template from Martha Stewart is sure to be a hit with the kids! With a simple fold-out card design, it’s easy to personalise these birthday invitations with your own motifs, color choices and message inside. A great one to get the little ones involved with.

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Whether it’s a kid's birthday, surprise party, a themed soirée or a casual get-together, an invitation always brings that extra little touch to party planning. These birthday party invitation ideas are sure to get the creative juices flowing!

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Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is Content Manager at LoveCrafts. Lover of chunky yarns and colourful paper crafts, Sarah works with the in-house team and a whole load of talented content creators to keep makers informed and inspired!