DIY Doily Backer Card with Free Lace Wedding Invitation

DIY Doily Backer Card with Free Lace Wedding Invitation Template | Download & Print

If you are a fan of delicate lace and plan on incorporating this into your DIY wedding, you may well have come across my Pearls & Lace template in your search for the perfect invitation to DIY. As soon as I released this invitation it became an instant hit at Download & Print, consistently ranking #1 or #2 in downloads. I originally released the invitation will delicate stick on pearls highlighting the lace, you can see that effect here. I think it's an understated elegant look, with the tone-on-tone lace and paper and the pearls. To coincide with the release of the Pearls & Lace set in our I-can't-believe-I-get-that-many-templates bundle, I've given the design a bit of va va voom. The black lace makes for a stark contrast with the off-white paper, and the doily backing card is most certainly a statement piece.

The doily edge on the backing card was created with a Vintage Doily Martha Stewart Crafts Punch Around the Page Set. Imagine how excited Conan the office dog is when I get home from an entire day out of the house, his tail erupts in a blur of happiness and his little booty shakes. Well that's how excited I was when I came across this punch. I may have done some booty shaking of my own. The punch accentuates the lace design on the invitation perfectly. With a capital P.

I used the punch on the backing card paired with a custom sized invitation (which you can download for FREE today!), but you can also use the punch on the envelope flap, or to make a belly band to wrap around the original invitation, or any paper good you are using in your wedding. Don't go overboard with too many doily edged pieces together. A punched belly band around the punched backing card with a punched envelope and punched address label would be too much. It would start to look chintzy rather than elegant.

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So lets get to it. You can follow along with the video tutorial below, or scroll down for the written instructions and pictorial.


SUPPLIES: Download the template

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Step 1: Download, Customize and Print

Add your wedding details to the DIY lace invitation | Download & Print

Download the free invitation template and save it to your computer. Download the free fonts listed below and install them on your computer.


Open the template in MS Word or Mac Pages and add your wedding details. Check. Check. And recheck your details. Just to be safe. Print the invitations on white or off white card stock.

Hint: I find paper between 65 lbs and 90 lbs works best. It’s a nice heavy weight, but not too thick to jam your home printer.

You can also send the file to an online printer or take it to your local FedEx Office store for printing.

Step 2: Trim the Invitation

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Using a paper trimmer or scissors, cut along the dotted lines. A paper trimmer will produce straighter cuts and will be faster, you can trim more than one sheet at once. Scissors will do the trick though.

Step 3: Trim the Backing Card

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Trim the backing card to 5 x 6.75”. If you use a paper trim you can measure using the ruler on the trimmer. If you use scissors you will need to measure and mark with a ruler and pencil and cut along your marks. Once you have one cut you can then use this as a template to cut the rest to size.

DIY lace doily wedding invitation with backing card | Download & Print

All the paper pieces are now cut out. You will have invitations trimmed to 3.875 x 5.625" and backing cards trimmed to 5 x 6.75”.

Step 4: Punch Corners

Punch corners of the DIY doily backing card | Download & Print

Use the corner punch to punch the corners on each backing card.

Step 5: Punch the Straight Edges

Punch straight edges of the DIY doily wedding invitation | Download & Print

Use the long punch to punch along the straight edges. Use the guide on the punch to line up the doily indentations neatly.

Note: If you use a different punch set you may need to adjust the size of your backing card to accommodate the size of the punch. You don’t want any half punches throwing off the symmetry of the design.

DIY lace doily wedding invitation backing card | Download & Print

Step 6: Attach Invitation

Adhere wedding invitation to DIY lace doily  backing card | Download & Print

Adhere short strips of doubled sided tape around the back edge of the invitation. You don’t need a ton of tape! Press the invitation firmly onto the backing card, eyeballing it to make sure it’s centered and straight.

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You now have a gorgeously detailed wedding invitation that was made on the cheap, ahem, I mean made on a budget. Now use the punch to detail the envelope flap and pop everything in the mail.

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(Although all the products listed in this tutorial are products I personally use, I will be compensated if you make a purchase through the links provided.)

Anna Skye

Anna Skye designs and shares invitation templates on her blog Download & Print. Her invitation templates can be used by DIY Brides and Hostesses can make their own invitations at home and save money.

6 thoughts on “DIY Doily Backer Card with Free Lace Wedding Invitation

  1. Laurie says:

    Hi Anna. I love this look! I was wondering if you print your own envelopes and, if so, do you use the Epson printer that you link to? Every time I try to print envelopes I get ink smudges in various places from the ink roller. I was wondering if you have the same problem or if that printer doesn’t do this. Thank you.

    • Anna Skye says:

      Thank you! I’m addicted to punches now and any paper edge is a likely victim to get a frilly edge now. I do use my Epson printer to print addresses directly onto A7 invitation envelopes. I have not had a problem with roller marks on either of my two Epsons (Artisan 1430 or Workforce 30). A couple of things I’ve learned is to make sure you select “envelopes” under paper handling on your print options window. This will open the rollers a bit to feed the thickness of the envelope. Always use square flap envelopes, the pointy euro flap style will always jam. You’ve inspired me to do a post and tutorial on this!

  2. Venessa burrell says:

    Hi Anna,
    I love the design of the invitation. I’m doing my own invitation and I would to know if the size of this template can be adjusted to fit a 5*7 pocket invitation.

  3. Angelica Kelly says:

    I love your website! Is there a way to change this card to the gold, I cant quite figure it out..Please advice 🙁 Also, I have no clue where I can end it so that it can print in gold metallic. My printer doesn’t have that capability, any advise? Thanks so much for all you ideas. You’r work is WONDERFUL!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Angelica, thanks for stopping by! The free invitation is only available in black. The 15-piece bundle includes two versions of the invitation in gold, along with five other color choices. Printing in gold metallic is a specialized process. You can look for an online printer that you can send the file to who will print in metallic for you. They may need a different file format to the .docx file that we provide. You can also search on Pinterest for DIY options to print in gold. I’ve seen tutorials using a laser printer and laminator. Good luck with your project!

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