How to Make Invitations with Charms

For easy instructions how to make invitations with charms and sheer bows, view our video tutorial and step-by-step illustrated guide below. These DIY invitations were designed for ease of use with our free invitation templates and premium invitation supplies, no special software or equipment is required. Components include a pre-cut heavyweight background cards, printable overlay, small metal charms, wire, sheer chiffon ribbon and envelopes.

Helpful tips:

  1. Put together a couple of invitations from start to finish, the first few will always take much longer until you are familiar with the process.
  2. Setup your workspace as an assembly line process: complete a step for all of your invitations before moving on the to next step. If you have help, assign a step (or steps) to to one person. For example one person attaches all overlays to background cards, one person attaches the embellishments, one person addresses, stuffs and seals the envelopes.
wedding invitations with charms and bow

Items you will need

heavyweight background card, printable overlay, invitation envelope, pencil, paper trimmer or paper cutter, ruler or paper guide, small metal charms, white wire, sheer chiffon ribbon and micro hole punch

Time to Assemble 2 minutes each, plus printing and cutting all of the overlays, which takes typically 1/2 to 1 hour

Easy instructions to create printable overlay for all layered invitations

1. Download our free wedding invitation templates for Word

The text for layered invitations will be printed or copied onto 8.5"x11" overlay paper using our free wedding invitation templates, the standard sized sheets are provided for ease of printing as small pre-cut overlays would be difficult to setup and feed correctly. Each sheet will provide four 4.25"x5.5" overlays.

template 2
change template text

2. Change Text and Font

Change wedding invitations wording as desired and experiment with different typefaces to get the look you want. Insert beautiful vintage invitation clip art (click for examples) for a personal touch. The free wedding invitation templates are setup for 11 lines of text using 29pt line spacing...the first line is blank to adjust for the embellishments requiring holes. You may need to make adjustments depending on length of wording and the embellishment chosen. When finished, copy and paste the text into the other three table cells.

print on overlay paper

3. Print onto Overlay Sheets

Print on test paper before printing on the overlay. Make sure you have several people proofread your text and cut the test paper in half both ways to make sure it is centered. Print on overlay's when you are sure everything is correct. We recommend purchasing water resistant ink jet ink or using a laser printer or copier, for better durability.

cut overlay paper with trimmer

4. Cut Overlay with Paper Cutter or Trimmer

After you have finished printing, you will need a paper trimmer or paper cutter to cut the overlay in half vertically and horizontally. If you are using a cutter, cut the paper 5.5" from the edge of the longer side, then again at 4.25" from the edge (longer side up). If you are using a paper trimmer, mark the overlay with a pencil using the lines on our paper guide at the top and sides or measure 5.5" down from the long side and 4.25" from the short side. Starting with the long side up, match up the pencil line with the guide marks on the trimmer. You can cut two sheets of the 65# overlay or three sheets of the vellum at a time. Mark the cut sheets on top and bottom with a pencil using the paper guide or measure 4.25" from the edge and make the final cut.

punch holes in overlay
feed wire in holes
feed ribbon through holes
trim ribbon

5. Punch Holes in Background Card

Line up background cards and our yellow paper guide to punch two holes or use a pencil and mark 1 1/4″ down from top and 2 3/8″ in from each side

6. Punch Holes in Overlay

Line up overlay cards and our yellow paper guide to punch two holes (hold up to light to view marks) or use a pencil and mark 1/2″ down from top and 1 7/8″ in from each side.

7. Attach Charm

Line up the background card and overlay holes. Cut white wire to 1″ length, bend in a “V” shape. Slide charm on wire, then feed the ends of the wire into the holes. Twist in back to secure.

8. Attach Ribbon

Cut ribbon on an angle to 14″ length, you can use our paper guide to measure, cut 3″ past the long edge of the guide (11″). Feed both ends of the ribbon in each hole from the back to the front. Tie a bow tie, pull loops to tighten and adjust ends if necessary. Trim ribbon ends on an angle.

Assembling and Addressing Wedding Invitations

We recommend handwriting the addresses to your guests on the front of envelopes for a personal touch, and using our easy-to-print return address envelope labels on the back of envelopes, which double as a seal. The envelope is addressed with the guest’s full name and address, avoid using abbreviations for streets and cities. The return address should be on the back flap of the outer envelope. When assembling your invitations, the reply card with stamped envelope or reply postcard should be on top, then the reception card, then the invitation. Use an envelope seal for an elegant touch.

Mailing your Wedding Invitations

Before stamping, bring a sample of the completed invitations to the post office to determine the correct postage. Invitations should be mailed four weeks before your wedding or six weeks for out-of-town guests or if your wedding falls near a holiday.

Order Supplies to Make Charm Invitations

Select Heavyweight Background Card

  • Kiwi Green Wedding Paper

    Apple Green Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Berry Pink Wedding Paper

    Berry Pink Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • med green wedding paper

    Dark Green Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Frost Pale Blue Wedding Paper

    Dusty Pale Blue Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • purple wedding paper

    Eggplant Purple Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Forest Green Wedding Paper

    Forest Green Wedding Paper

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  • french blue wedding paper

    French Blue Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • yellow orange wedding paper

    Goldenrod Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Handmade Snow White Wedding Paper

    Handmade Cotton White Wedding Paper

    $0.24
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  • peacock wedding paper

    Handmade Peacock Wedding Paper

    $0.26
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  • willow wedding paper

    Handmade Sage Green Wedding Paper

    $0.26
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  • black wedding paper

    Jet Black Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Lavender Wedding Paper

    Lavender Wedding Paper

    $0.15
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  • Lemon Yellow Wedding Paper

    Lemon Yellow Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Magnolia Pale Pink Wedding Paper

    Magnolia Pale Pink Wedding Paper

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  • Metallic Gold Wedding Paper

    Metallic Gold Wedding Paper

    $0.16
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  • Metallic Silver Wedding Paper

    Metallic Silver Wedding Paper

    $0.16
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  • mica wedding paper

    Mica Wedding Paper

    $0.15
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  • natural handmade cotton wedding paper cards

    Natural Handmade Cotton Wedding Paper Cards

    $0.26
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  • Olive Green Wedding Paper

    Olive Green Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • orange wedding paper

    Papaya Orange Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Pear Green Wedding Paper

    Pear Green Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • Meadow Green Wedding Paper

    Pistachio Green Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • sand wedding paper

    Sand Wedding Paper

    $0.15
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  • red wedding invitation paper

    Scarlet Red Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • sea glass wedding paper

    Sea Glass Wedding Paper

    $0.14
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  • shell pink wedding paper

    Shell Pink Wedding Paper

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  • tiffany blue wedding paper

    Tiffany Blue Wedding Paper

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  • cream wedding paper

    Vanilla Cream Wedding Paper

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  • Wheat Wedding Paper

    Wheat Wedding Paper

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  • wine wedding paper

    Wine Wedding Paper

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Select Metal Charm Embellishment and Wire

  • 25th Silver Charms

    25th Silver Charms

    $0.19
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  • American Flag Brass Charms

    American Flag Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Anchor Brass Charms

    Anchor Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Awareness Ribbon Brass Charms

    Awareness Ribbon Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Baby Carriage Brass Charms

    Baby Carriage Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Baby Rattle Brass Charms

    Baby Rattle Brass Charms

    $0.18
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  • Bell Brass Charms

    Bell Brass Charms

    $0.26
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  • Brass Pair of Leaves Charms

    Brass Pair of Leaves Charms

    $0.26
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  • Bride and Groom Brass Charms

    Bride and Groom Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Butterfly Brass Charms

    Butterfly Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Chai Brass Charms

    Chai Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Champagne Brass Charms

    Champagne Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Chinese Coin Brass Charms

    Chinese Coin Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Christmas Tree Brass Charms

    Christmas Tree Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • charm boot

    Cowboy Boot Charms

    $0.17
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  • charm cowboy hat

    Cowboy Hat Brass Charms

    $0.16
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  • Cross Brass Charms

    Cross Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Cupid Brass Charms

    Cupid Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Dolphins Brass Charms

    Dolphins Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Falling Leaf Brass Charms

    Falling Leaf Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Fleur Brass Charms

    Fleur Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Flower Brass Charms

    Flower Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Flower Medallion Charms

    Flower Medallion Charms

    $0.26
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  • charm golf

    Golf Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Grapes Brass Charms

    Grapes Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Holiday Wreath Brass Charms

    Holiday Wreath Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Holly Brass Charms

    Holly Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Key Brass Charms

    Key Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Lady Brass Charms

    Lady Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Large Heart Brass Charms

    Large Heart Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Leaf Brass Charms

    Leaf Brass Charms

    $0.16
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  • Love Coin Brass Charms

    Love Coin Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Medallion Brass Charms

    Medallion Brass Charms

    $0.26
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  • Moon Brass Charms

    Moon Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Music Note Charms

    Music Note Charms

    $0.22
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  • Pear Brass Charms

    Pear Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Primrose Brass Charms

    Primrose Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Rose Brass Charms

    Rose Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Seashell Brass Charms

    Seashell Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Shamrock Brass Charms

    Shamrock Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Silver Heart Charms

    Silver Heart Charms

    $0.19
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  • Small Cherub Brass Charms

    Small Cherub Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • charm sand dollar

    Small Sand Dollar Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Solid Umbrella Brass Charms

    Solid Umbrella Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Star of David Brass Charms

    Star of David Brass Charms

    $0.22
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  • Swan Brass Charms

    Swan Brass Charms

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  • Teddy Bear Brass Charms

    Teddy Bear Brass Charms

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  • Umbrella Cutout Brass Charms

    Umbrella Cutout Brass Charms

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  • Wedding Rings Brass Charms

    Wedding Rings Brass Charms

    $0.17
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  • Wire to Attach Charms

    Wire to Attach Charms

    $0.02
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Select Sheer Chiffon Ribbon, Glue Dots, Overlay and Envelope

  • sheer chiffon ribbon

    14 inch White Sheer Chiffon Ribbons

    $0.20
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  • Blank Invitation Envelopes

    Blank Invitation Envelopes

    $0.36
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  • micro hole punch

    Mini 1/8 inch Hole Punch with 2 inch Reach

    $6.00
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  • Printable Invitation Overlay

    Printable Invitation Overlay

    $0.08
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  • Printable Translucent Vellum Invitation Overlay

    Printable Translucent Vellum Invitation Overlay

    $0.16
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Select Options

  • 8.5x11 80# Cover Paper 100% Recycled Sage Green

    8.5×11 80# Cover Paper 100% Recycled Olive Green

    $0.30
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  • white cover stock

    8.5×11 80# Cover Paper 100% Recycled White

    $0.30
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  • reply envelope

    Blank Reply Envelopes 100% Recycled White

    $0.30
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  • green envelope liner

    Envelope Liners – Botanical Green

    $0.30
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  • Envelope Liners - Fantasia

    Envelope Liners – Fantasia

    $0.12
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  • Envelope Liners - Metallic Midas Gold

    Envelope Liners – Metallic Midas Gold

    $0.15
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  • Envelope Liners - Metallic Sterling Silver

    Envelope Liners – Metallic Sterling Silver

    $0.15
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  • Envelope Liners - Silver Roses on Black

    Envelope Liners – Silver Roses on Black

    $0.08
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  • foam mailing protector

    Envelope Protector for Mailing Invitations

    $0.10
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  • envelope seal

    Envelope Seals Floral Embossed Gold Foil

    $0.06
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  • Envelope Tissue for Wedding Invitations

    Envelope Tissue for Wedding Invitations

    $0.18
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