I made these invitations for my daughter’s first birthday in September. I really wanted to throw a luau but I wanted to baby it up a little bit. I used turtles and the beach theme to achieve that. I had two versions of this invitation, one I was able to flatten down so I could send it in the mail. The main difference was that I used the umbrella from the “Life is a Beach” cartridge and did not add the Styrofoam.
I wanted these to resemble a typical “beach bag”. The invitation was supposed to be a book and was in story form. I am not sure if anybody got it.
The towel is made from a terry washcloth. I cut
it into strips. I added the Styrofoam to help keep the bag open and also to support the umbrella. I hot-glued a washer on the bottom so it could stand on its own.
The umbrella is my own design. I cut two circles (~6inch and the other a little smaller). The large circle I scored so that there were eight even “pie” pieces. I then added another score to every other pie slice. I folded in the pie pieces with the extra score and then flattened it back out. I glued the paper on the umbrella and then added an eyelet in the center. I folded the pieces in making the umbrella shape. I used an 1/8th inch dowel rod for the base. I had to sand the very top to fit it through the eyelet. I added a small wood ball to the top. I used white glue to connect the ball and the eyelet to the stick.