Paper Craft Ideas for Party Invitations Needed

Our family has two significant birthdays coming up in the next few weeks, and the pressure is on for me to show off my creative paper art skills with clever invitations. Maybe you can help me.

handmade paper invitation
Some good ideas here, but I think it needs work.

First up is my husband's birthday, a big one that ends in a zero. Then, in September, our younger daughter will turn 16.

For my husband's party, the theme is "time flies," because well, he's getting older and he loves airplanes.

I am still working out the details, but I wanted to show you what I have so far; these are mock-ups.

My husband especially loves the P-38 airplane. So…

Idea 1: I thought I'd do a paper collage of him in a P-38 cockpit and use a flight plan map as a background. I glued those together using some of Pam Carriker's new Mixed-Media Adhesive. It's very light, so you can spread it around easily and it doesn't create lumps in the paper.

For a base, I wanted to use something that looked like a vintage bomber jacket. So I crumpled a used Tyvek® envelope, then spread it out on the table and wiped a couple of Distress InkTM pads over it to pick up the wrinkles.

When it dried I added stenciled lettering and some block printing. I admit that creative paper crafts are not my strongest suit, but I did think my wording was clever: Time Flies…and we're filing a flight plan for fun. Then I glued on my P-38 image.

paper craft invitation
Maybe simpler is better. What do you think?

Idea 2: I thought it would be fun to make the invitation into a paper airplane, with Nick sitting at the controls. Then, when the recipients opened up the airplane, they would see the party details. Plus, knowing my husband's friends, they will love "flying" the plane.

I folded a piece of scrapbook paper into a simple airplane shape. Then I glued the image of Nick in the cockpit to the inside of the plane. I trimmed the cockpit windshield slightly to match the curve of the paper airplane's nose.

Of course, each of these paper craft ideas will need some finessing. That's where you come in. Which do you like better? What should I add or take away?

Give me your opinions and ideas for creative paper crafts and handmade cards. Leave your advice in the comments section below.

In the meantime, I'll be playing with my papers and paper crafting and journaling supplies. Did you know you can get many of the best adhesives, inks, stencils and more in the Cloth Paper Scissors Shop?

P.S. Don't forget about my daughter! Any ideas for a Sweet 16 handmade paper invitation?

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