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Print and Cut Instructions

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Printing and Cutting Your Kids Invitations and Party Decorations

Printing and cutting DIY invitations and party decorations for your kids birthday party is easy and can be customized directly for your theme.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions you can follow for the perfect printable materials for your party. Included are instructions for our invitations along with all elements of our party decoration packages.

Guide

Our guide is broken into sections. Start from the top and work your way down or head to the section that you need. 

Choose your Template

Deciding Where to Print

Choosing Paper

Testing Your Prints

Print the Full Set

Cut Everything Out

Celebrate!

Choose Your Template

The first step to planning any party is choosing your theme! Check out all of the different themes that we have available. Once you have your edited files, come back here to see the next steps.

Deciding Where to Print

There are three options when it comes to getting everything printed.

1. At a print shop

This option is the one that we recommend for most people. It will be a bit pricier than printing at home but once you factor in the cost of ink it is almost comparable. The quality of printers at print shops can also be much higher which will give better looking results. There is also access to someone who has a lot of expertise using these printers and can answer any questions.

2. At home

This is a good DIY option for those that have a good printer at home. If you haven’t done a lot of DIY printing at home before then we recommend going to a print shop.

3. Online

We don’t have a lot of experience with online print shops so we don’t have any recommendations when it comes to printing online.

 

It really is a matter of personal preference and what you are comfortable with. Any option will give you good results.

Choosing Paper

The next step is deciding what paper to print on. For all of our items, we recommend printing on a letter sized matte finish cardstock.  In all of our photos we use this standard white cardstock from Amazon. The standard white cardstock from print shops such as Kinkos or Staples are a good option also.

You can also choose a different type of paper. Which ever type of paper you decide to print on, we recommend a heavier weight.

Testing Your Prints

All of our invitations and party decorations are tested on different printers with this white cardstock and are optimized to print well.

If you are using a different type or printer or a different type of paper, we recommend running a few test prints to make sure that everything will print out correctly before printing out everything. When testing prints, make sure print settings are set to “Actual Size” and not Fit to Page.

Print Out the Full Set

Congratulations – it’s time to print everything out!

The first step in getting ready to print everything out is figuring out the quantity of each item you’ll need. We created this handy guide to help figure out how many copies to print out. Once you have everything printed out, come back here to see how to get it all cut correctly.

Cut Everything Out

There are two different ways to cut the invites and party decorations.

With a Fiskars Paper Cutter

A good cheaper option for cutting all items out. It can sometimes be hard to line up exactly with the crop marks, however.

Fiskars Paper Cutter Link

With a Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat

There are more items needed with this route but personally I feel this is easier to cut everything out.

Rotary Cutter Link
Ruler Link
Cutting Mat Link

Printing invitations, water bottle wrappers, treats sign, gift bags, food tent cards, welcome sign, thank you sign and banners

On each of these sheets of paper there are black lines called crop marks. Use these lines as guides.

Place your paper in the paper cutter or under your ruler using the black lines to line up. Cut from the top of the crop mark to the bottom but make sure you don’t cut along the whole sheet of paper otherwise you’ll cut off the other crop marks.

PRO TIP

If you are using the rotary cutter, it is possible to stack two sheets of paper together and cut (if you’re feeling adventurous) – just make sure the sheets of paper don’t move when you are cutting them.

Cupcake Toppers

Use this 2” circle craft punch (or similar) to cut out each cupcake topper. You can also use scissors but we highly recommend using the craft punch as it makes life much easier. For cupcake toppers, tape a toothpick to the back of the circle and stick in the top of the cupcake.

Circle Garland

Use this 2” circle craft punch to cut out each colored circle. You can also use scissors but we highly recommend using the craft punch as it makes life much easier.

For colored circles, use a piece of string and place circles about 5” apart and tape to the string and hang as garland.

12 circles placed about 5” apart equals about 5’ length of garland. Tie loops on both ends of the string and hang on the wall, across the ceiling, or anywhere!

TIP: sprinkle in cupcake topper circles to add personlization to the garland!

Cupcake Wrappers

The easiest way to cut these are with scissors. Cut slightly on the inside of the edge of the wrapper so no white shows. Wrap around cupcake and tape in the back.

Celebrate!

Congratulations! You have everything printed and cut and ready to go for your party!

Have a great party!!

Resources

Letter Sized Cardstock

Fiskars Paper Cutter

Rotary Cutter

Omnigrip 6” x 12” Ruler

Cutting Mat

2” Circle Craft Punch

 

Disclosure: some of the resources above may be affiliate links, meaning I get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

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