Introduction: Vault Door Wedding Invitation

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My husband and I were married in a post-apocalyptic carnival themed wedding in a nuclear bomb shelter. We needed an invitation every bit as awesome as the wedding we were planning.

Inspired by Fallout and Torchwood (and many other sources), we designed a card with a rolling vault door that opens to reveal the invitation details.

With all the cutting and assembling, each card took over half an hour to complete - it was a real labour of love! We were lucky to have several fantastic friends help us with the assembly line over a few 'craft and craft beer' nights.

You can read a summary of our wedding on Offbeat Bride or check out the wedding posts on my blog.

Step 1: Design

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As with most projects, there was a bit of trial and error before we had a finished design that we were happy with.

All the pieces of the invitation card were originally designed in AutoCAD and then imported into Make-the-Cut so they could be cut out with our digital cutting machine.

We used three different types of paper for this invitation:

The printed designs were made in PhotoShop and were printed onto the light cardstock and foil with our inkjet printer.

Step 2: Cutting Pieces

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All the pieces were cut with our cutting machine.

We used the print and cut settings to line up the cuts with the printed designs, but we included bleed on the edges in case things were a little off.

Step 3: Assembling the Pieces

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Once all the pieces were cut, we gathered them all together and found some glue.

Each card has 10 separate pieces:

  • front cover
  • inside front
  • back
  • door
  • door track
  • door pull front
  • door pull back
  • spacer
  • silver ticket
  • ticket back (with map and schedule)

Step 4: Gluing It Together

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The printable foil has an adhesive back, so the ticket and the back of the ticket are easy to stick together.

The inside front piece and the back piece are glued together.

The track for the door is then glued to the front.

To make the rotating door, we folded back the tabs on one door pull and glued it to the other door pull, with a spacer at the end.

With the door in place, the front cover is glued on.

Step 5: Ready for the Mail!

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The finished invitations were put in black envelopes and sent in the mail.


Kate87 (author)2016-11-05

These are truly amazing. I am thinking of doing something similar now but having a star wars themed invitition. i was wondering if you still had the .stl file for autocad

davidandora (author)2016-06-30

I love the motion and reveal. Very clever and well executed! Fun stuff! What glue are you using? It looks like a dispensed adhesive?

ModMischief (author)davidandora2016-06-30

We glued the first cards together with regular craft glue sticks, but quickly learned that it was way easier with an adhesive dot roller.

davidandora (author)ModMischief2016-06-30

Thanks for the link! I'm always in search of better paper craft adhesive options. Good to know :)

pixiegirl49 (author)2016-06-29

The BEST !! Rats n' Bomb Shelters n' Family !!!


Luv's, Tante R

Luv's, Tante R

Saltidae (author)2016-06-29

I'd forgotten about this one. I had the mice in mind. The picture looked brighter when I took it.. but the backdrop of a fossil and Opa's book end might have been distracting. It was an AWESOME wedding!

ModMischief (author)Saltidae2016-06-29

There's an instructable for the save the date card with the rats too!

Mike The Rockstar (author)2016-06-29

really well done. love it.

asteadman (author)2016-06-28

Love these!

Steamdeco (author)2016-06-28

I still carry this in my satchel. Best wedding EVER!

doyonsuz (author)2016-06-28


Wolfbane221 (author)2016-06-28

these are bomb!

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