Bigger on the Inside Invite




So, I've seen some beautiful homemade invites before, but they all seemed so complex that only a crazy person would attempt to make even 10 of them, much less 100! I wanted to make an invite that was not only cool, but practical in terms of making them and guests receiving them. The last wedding invite I received had so many pieces and parts to deal with. I wanted to combine all those parts into the invitation itself. The right side of the invite can be cut into pieces as need with the RSVP going first and the map to the reception last. This invitation is a test drive and does not include real information so it would have to be adjusted to fit the final details.

Step 1: Materials

12x12 Tardis blue paper (I recommend a slick finish. It will make glue mistakes easy to correct and keep them looking clean)

12x12 paper for envelope

pretty white paper

pretty black paper

cardstock that will run through your printer

bone folder

box cutter or ex-acto knife

cutting mat

wax paper

small point mechanical pencil

ruler (I have several that I use. One has large markings, one has small markings, and one has cork on the back to keep it from slipping when I use it for a straight edge. If you have one that will do all three of these jobs, you're all set.)


gold sharpie

Image editing/Word processing software (I used photoshop.)

PVA glue and paintbrush for invites that are archival OR

a glue stick for quick assembly

Step 2: Cutting

1. Cut your pieces. The images above show all the measurements that I used.

Important Note: Cut a strip of black paper that is a bit too long instead of the width that I wrote. It will be easier to make sure it fits.

The fastest and easiest way to get good straight cuts is to mark your paper lightly with a pencil, line your ruler up and use it as a straight edge. Cut along the edge of your ruler with the box cutter.

Step 3: Folding and Gluing

1. Mark the middle of your blue paper. (Measurement is on step 2)

2. Fold the left and right sides to the middle making sure that the bottom and top edges stay flush. Use the bone folder to crease the edges.

3. Mark the placement of the black strips on the blue paper.

4. Put some wax paper under a piece of the black paper.

5. Brush on the glue

6. Place and use the bone folder to press it down.

7. Cut the excess black paper off with your ruler and knife.

8. Repeat with the window and Pull to Open sign

9. Press under some heavy books. Put some wax paper on top to keep from accidentally sticking to the books.

Step 4: Invite Innards

This is the most time consuming part of this project. I've attached a jpg and psd version of mine. Just a few details about how I made them if you want/need to start from scratch:

Each section should be 2.5 in wide.

I used a Gallifrey font that I found here to create the script designs. It was designed by Melanie j Cook with Wiccked Stepmother Fonts. Thanks Melanie for your beautiful work!

I used an adorable picture of a random couple I found online. So credit where it's due. Thanks JBe Photography!

You'll have to find/take your own adorable picture.

Step 5: Folding and Gluing Innards

1. Use your ruler to mark 2.5 in. sections on the back of the left wing and cut off the excess at the end.

2. Use your ruler and bone folder to create an impression on the back in a straight line. This will help you to fold in the correct place without any guidelines like there are on the right wing.

3. Fold on the impressions and crease with the bone folder

4. Do the same on the right wing, but you use the dotted lines on the front to create the impressions in the correct location.

5. Put wax paper under the appropriate sections, brush on glue, and stick inside your tardis. Use the bone folder to press it in.

6. Put wax paper anywhere that might stick and press under something heavy.

Step 6: Envelope

1. Put your invite in the center of your envelope paper. Then move it down about an inch.

2. Fold the sides in and create preliminary folds.

3. Remove the invite, re-fold while making sure they are all straight, and use the bone folder to crease.

4. Mark the paper 1/4 in. from each crease at the edge. Basically, you need the four flaps to be cut inward just a smidge.

5. Cut the corners off at the marks with a small bit left at the point. See image.

6. Fold in left and right flaps and mark where the bottom flap overlaps them.

7. Brush on glue and use bone folder to press. Be careful not to use too much glue here. You don't want it seeping inside.

Note: When you get ready to seal these, you could use some double stick tape and/or a personalized sticker.

Step 7: Tardis Key

These could be produced quickly with the computer as well, but I thought the gold sharpie and blue paper was cuter.

1. Cut two slits with the box cutter to thread the ribbon through.

2. Glue the top of the tag into the invitation making sure not to get glue on the ribbon. This way the invitee can remove the key by untying the bow.

Now, here's where you can get creative.

At first, I just thought the key was a cool decorative element, but perhaps...

you bought a couple locks

had lots of copies made of one key and dispersed all the keys in the invitations

the one key that is different, could open something cool at the wedding

Would love to hear more ideas for this.

Step 8: Repeat, Send, and Live Happily Ever After

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    34 Discussions


    3 years ago

    No worries, thank you again for sharing this project with everyone. I ended up finding something that was kind of close to the color. It will work.


    3 years ago

    This is an amazing invitation, I am looking for the coredinations paper stock. Which coredinations color did you end up using for the Tardis Blue?

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    Sorry, but I have no idea. I just picked out a color that looked right.


    Reply 3 years ago

    I'm not sure what you mean, but I used Adobe Photoshop to create the layout and there are links in step 4 for the font.


    3 years ago on Introduction



    4 years ago on Introduction

    omg I love this cute idea of of a taridis inspired by Dr .who


    5 years ago on Introduction

    ok, i'm single so maybe only married people know this but what is a tardis and why do you need a key? i would assume it's a place for a reception maybe but why do you need a key and why would they give keys out to so many people when that means they will need to change the lock afterwards?

    7 replies

    Reply 5 years ago

    Tardis is a Doctor Who thing. it stands for Time and relative dimension in space. (it's a time machine space ship). The doctor has companions that travel with him and when he picks a companion, he gives then a Tardis key. in this case the key is merely a prop.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    ahh...ok. lol! never watched that show. seems up my alley. i am watching "warehouse 13 now" and about to buy seasons 1-8 of "supernatural" on blu-ray. amazon has it for $93 vs $175 for dvd! i cant even imagine watching a show for 8 years, waiting to know what happens. best show ever though was BUFFY!! (dont flame me too bad.)

    thanks for clearing up the whole tardis thing! :)

    AACK! i cant afford to buy 36 seasons! i assume that includes the old show. but i know it's been on awhile even in it's modern version.

    This has nothing to do with being married or single xD
    The TARDIS is a time/space machine from the series Doctor Who. It looks like a blue police box


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Oh!! I really love this idea!! So creative! The only thing missing is the RSVP return envelope. Great instructible! Now I'm envisioning a Christmas card along the same lines.... Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing Brooklyntonia!

    2 replies

    You could make a smaller envelope with the same paper as the large one. You'd have to be sure it was an approved size for the US postal service though.

    you dont have to worry about size unless you are trying to maintain the one ounce rate. anything outside the accepted dimensions can still go just needs flat rate, which if it's one ounce or less is just 2 stamps. only size restriction is must be over 3 inches i think. (carrier)