Since our troop does not meet during the summer, I decided to branch off a little and share some of the birthday invitations I have made for my daughters over the years. The invitations featured in Birthday Party Invitations: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three were easy to make just by using circles (and ovals) and a little imagination.
The girls in our Girl Scout troop have made invitations during our meetings on several occasions like our Thinking Day Tea, our Mother's Day Tea, and our Bridging to Juniors Ceremony and our Bridging to Brownies Ceremony. On several occasions, we have given them cardstock, markers, and the freedom to create their own invitations. When the girls were Daisies, I printed the event details on cardstock and cut them so the girls could glue the cardstock to the back of the invitation. Once they bridged to Brownies, I started printing the specifics on a sheet of paper. I thought the invitation with handwritten details would be a cute keepsake.
In this post, I will describe how to make this rainbow invitation that could be replicated for your next troop event.
RAINBOW BRIDGING INVITATION
Inspiration provided by this pin. I made this invitation for our girls to give to their families when they were bridging from Brownies to Junior Girl Scouts. I also talk about this invitation in this post about planning and preparing for our Bridging Ceremony. The Girl Scout Bridging Arcs resemble a rainbow, in fact the Bridge to Brownie Award used to be a rainbow. What an easy theme for an event!
1. Cut light blue cardstock into 5 1/4" x 3 1/2" rectangles.
2. Using a pencil, lightly draw a fluffy cloud shape on white cardstock. This cloud happens to be 4 1/2" x 3" at it's highest points. If you have a Cricut Personal Electronic Cutting Machine, you may wish to use the Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge to cut the cloud shapes.
3. Cut red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple ribbon into 4" pieces.
4. Tie colored pony beads to one end of each ribbon.
5. I used a 1/4" rectangle hand punch to cut holes about 1" from the bottom of the cloud's edge, spacing the holes about 1/2" apart.
6. Arranging the ribbon in rainbow-colored order, thread each ribbon through one hole and adhere to the back of the cloud. I used a glue stick.
7. Glue the cloud to the blue cardstock.
8. Handwrite or print party details on another piece of cardstock and adhere to the back of the invitation.
I had the ribbon remaining from our Girl Scout ribbon Law flip flops project, and the beads were left over from various projects like beaded Christmas ornaments. Therefore the cost to make this invitation was minimal.
I invite you to check back as our Junior Girl Scouts will be making invitations later this year
to satisfy a badge requirement for the Social Butterfly badge. Thank you for reading!