How to Make Homemade Baptism Invitations

Two Methods:Picking a LookMaking the Cards

Baptism invitations can be just as easy to create as other invitations. You can purchase them -- but why waste the money when you can create something better and more personalized? See step 1 below to get started on your homemade baptism invitations and prepare to celebrate this important day.

Method 1
Picking a Look

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    Search the web for free templates. Some are pre-written, but you'll want to find blank ones to create your own message. Alternatively, you can create your own template with a word processing or desktop publishing program. Open Office, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Publisher are all good choices.
    • Free templates will also give you cute ideas for adornments or additions. You can turn doilies into little baptismal gowns or attach a small cross and ribbon, for starter ideas.
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    Decide on a graphic design to use. Use baptism symbols or a picture of your child for baptizing infants and young children. For adults, choose more serious and serene symbols of faith.
    • If you are making invitations for an adult baptism, your designs could include a bible, crucifixion symbols, sea shells or other items from the beach, candles or other forms of light, doves or other symbols of peace.
    • Of course, this is completely up to you. If you're happy with a simple border, by all means! Choose whatever speaks to you; it's your (or your child's) moment!
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    Select a message. Keep it brief and informational; save the person's personal testament for the actual baptism event. If desired, include a Bible verse or two that has meaning to the family or person being baptized.
    • Make sure the message condones the right level of sincerity; baptism is a very important event for most believers.
    • Keep the font elegant, but easy to read at a glance. Don't use fancy script (cursive) that is often found on wedding invitations for titles and headers.
    • Include a brief statement about gift expectation. If you don't want attendees to bring gifts, then may be you should suggest they donate to your faith-based organization instead? Whatever your preferences, make them clear.
    • Don't forget to include the necessities! Time, place, occasion, and if there will be a gathering afterwards need to be listed on your invite.

Method 2
Making the Cards

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    Purchase your card material and envelopes. Whether you're buying your own cardstock or ordering pre-made cards, making sure to include some extra. Do so as a precaution in case you accidentally ruin a few. Make sure you also purchase your envelopes at the same time to match sizes.
    • If you're printing at home, make sure your printer can handle the type of paper and photo qualities you're employing. If your printer can't, you can always go to any office supply store for a small fee.
    • It is possible to make your own envelopes. If you have time for this, do feel free!
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    Print a test card on regular or scrap paper. Verify that all of your margins are accurate, that the card looks neatly organized, and that the colors and graphics selected are suitable.
    • Are you printing one per page? Two? Three? Make sure you have the settings sorted before you start.
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    Check your printer. Make sure that you have enough toner, black, and color ink for the entire printing job. If you're using photos, it will take higher quality, slower, more ink-consuming printing.
    • If you're worried about the shabbiness of paper printing, a simple solution is just to back your template on color coordinated cardstock. Print out two invitations per printer sheet and use the thicker paper as a border -- it will give it texture and durability.
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    Print the cards! Check your printer every few cards to make sure that the margins don't shift or the paper doesn't jam. Using cardstock or other thick paper increases the risk of jamming your printer. Make sure your printer is capable of printing on thicker paper, and if it is, make sure you're feeding the paper from the correct tray for cards.
    • After the cards are all printed, attach any embellishments you see fit. It's best to use craft glue -- make sure not to use too much! Gloopy invitations are not the way to go.
      • If attaching things like seashells, ribbon, or doilies, give the invitations 30 minutes or so to dry. Be incredibly careful when stuffing them into their envelopes.
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    Mail the invitations. Address, stamp, and mail your invitations. Don't forget to include a return address, either hand-written or on a label. Invitations should never be sent without a return address.
    • If your invitations are heavy, make sure you have adequate postage. Maximum letter weight is 3.5 ounces in the US.


  • If you're only inviting a small amount of people, consider hand delivering (or dropping off in the mailbox) your invitations. You avoid the postage rates and you can add dimension to your invitations with ribbon, shells, or any other adornments you like.

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