Autumn Themed DIY Wedding Invitations – Make your own save the dates, RSVP cards and invitations

A Journey Through DIY Wedding Ideas for the Budget Savvy Bride!

September has come and gone, the leaves are turning orange, Halloween is just round the corner and at TWS HQ we’re thinking about log fires, autumn weddings and dressing our dogs up in Christmas bow-ties.

So what better way to celebrate these cold evenings, than with a rustic, autumnal themed DIY budget wedding invitation.

DIY-ing parts of your wedding is a great way to make the details personal to you, and save a bit of money. These make your own wedding invitations are easy to do, and perfect for the bridesmaids to help with over a glass – or two! – of wine. Get a production line going, you’ll have a good evening and the invitations will be done in no time!

For those who are daunted by free hand drawing, there is more information later on how to make this easy!


To start with you’ll need everything in this picture:




  1. Envelopes – I’ve opted to use a dark brown colour to co-ordinate with my chosen theme, but you could adapt this to fit yours by choosing any colour.
  2. A guillotine or scissors – NB. You will only need this if you have to adjust the size of the card. A guillotine will make it easier to measure and cut multiple layers at once.
  3. Card – I’ve used cream, it’s nice, neutral and versatile. You can add a design and colour the card. I use this same card for my RSVP’s and invites. So if you want them to be 2 different colours, choose two different types at the craft shop.
  4. A pencil
  5. A fine liner – These are cheap from WH Smiths. This one is a brown-red colour.
  6. A calligraphy pen – These are also from WH Smiths, and come with a few different coloured ink cartridges.
  7. Ribbon – I’ve gone for a sheer organza type ribbon in bronze colour
  8. Spray paint – Here I’ve opted for a copper colour, but you can get some really awesome colours and textures to really personalise your invites.
  9. Pastels – these are oil pastels from WH Smiths, but you could use watercolours, felt pens, anything to decorate with.
  10. Bin liners – so the clean up is easier!

Extra things you’ll need:

  1. A glass of water
  2. Teabags
  3. A rubber


1. Antiquing

Firstly, we’re going to antique the paper. This is a really pretty technique, which you can use to make any paper look more rustic-y.


Put the tea bags in the glass of water, it works best if you put them in hot water and let the water cool down, as it releases more tannin, and that’s the stuff that colours your paper.

Whilst they’re soaking, lay down the bin bag with your chosen card on top

NB. Here I have my cream card on top of brown paper, because the cream colour was too close to the white bin liner to take effective photographs – you, of course, need only lay it straight on the bin liners.

Remove the tea bag from the glass and gently drag across the card. You’ll notice the colour starting to take. For more texture, dot the teabag here and there to create a mottling effect.


This is what you’ll end up with. Repeat on other side and leave to dry in the sunshine or under a radiator.

2. Spray Painting

Next, take your envelope and put a piece of paper underneath the flap to protect the body.

Take your spray paint, shake vigorously, and test on the bin liner until you get the right spray.

Spray paint a light layer over the flap, wait to dry and repeat.


3. Invitations

Cut down your antiqued paper to a smaller size.

NB Only do this if you have chosen a card that’s bigger than your envelope, otherwise don’t bother.

These are 17cmx12.5cm. Next, we’re going to mark out guidelines for the writing.

Using a rule, place it along the edge and mark out 0.5cm marks down both sides, and the centre – turn the paper 90 degrees and join marks up using a ruler.


Pencil out what you want to say, then using your calligraphy pen go over the top and once dry, erase pencil marks.

You can change up what the invite says but remember to include:

-Names of Bride and Groom


-Time (Don’t forget this, unlike me!)



 4. RSVP Card

Take another piece of your cream card (not antiqued) and cut down to a smaller size. I’ve used 16cmx11cm.

Using the same method as above, use a ruler to mark out guidelines with 0.5cm between each line.


Sketch out in pencil what you want your RSVP card to say. I’ve used:

-Name: (The recipient can then put their name so you don’t have to address each one individually)

-Delightfully accept (With an adjacent checkbox)

-Regretfully decline (With an adjacent checkbox)

-A song you’d like to hear at the disco (That way you’ll know what your guests want to hear at the party!)

Go over the top of your pencil writing in calligraphy pen.

Once dry, erase pencil marks.

TIP using simple clean lines with calligraphy pens makes the process much easier and quicker! 

 5. Drawing a Design

It’s time to get artsy.

Using a pencil sketch a design on your RSVPs and invites. For instance, I have chosen ivy.


The world is your oyster here, so really get creative. Remember this is going to be the first thing everyone sees of your wedding, so pick something personal to the theme or to you – you could draw a fat pumpkin sat on some leaves for a Halloween wedding, a cascade of snowflakes for a winter wedding, daisies for spring etc.

For those not wanting to draw free hand:

If you find drawing free hand a little daunting, you can transpose a picture.

Google a design to find one you like.

TIP Using keywords such as ‘pumpkin drawing’ or ‘snowflake outline’ will get you the results you want!

Print it out and trace over the outline with a pencil on baking parchment.

Flip the parchment over, trace the outline on the other side.

Turn it back over, position on the invite/RSVP and firmly rub over the lines with your pencil.

You should be left with an outline without having to draw your own design!

6. Colouring the Designs

I’m using oil pastels because they’re lovely to use and super blendable.

I’ve opted for a green, a dark orange and a lighter orange.

The whole design is coloured green.


At the base of the leaves I’ve added the dark orange and down the stems, a light orange, then given them a quick rub over with my little finger to erase any harsh lines.

TIP Don’t worry about getting this bit neat, the next bit tidies it up.

Go over those original pencil marks with your fine liner to give the design more definition.



7. Putting Everything Together



Write your address on the back of the envelope and pop a stamp in the corner.

Place both the invite and the RSVP card under the flap.


I have tied a piece of bronze coloured ribbon around the whole thing, but you can use anything from twine to hessian, and decorate with beads, or, if you’re really adventurous, dried leaves for that real rustic feel.

8. Put the whole little package in an envelope addressed to your guest then send in the post the next morning. 

Making your own DIY invitations can seem daunting, but it’s not – even for those people less crafty, however if it does seem too much, take a moment to peruse our stationers who will be more than willing to help create something perfect for you!

Have a complete idea of what you want your finished design to look like, remember to sign up for free here, and look through our Inspire Me gallery for inspiration.

If you’ve got any hints or tips, or have made your own DIY invitations, leave a comment below!

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  1. This is one is really a product of creativity and talent, I love the color that you choose. Thank you for sharing this one.

  2. The final product turned out great. Thanks for the inspiration here!

  3. Hi there Elizabeth, It seems that this is somewhat an old post, but while I was looking for some wedding invitation DIY ideas, Google brought me here, and what I have found is amazing. I really love the final product and thinking of trying it. also thanks for your straightforward easy to follow instructions.


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