Mason Jar Wedding Invitation Set – DIY Template

NOW AVAILABLE: If after reading the post below you don’t want to edit these yourself, I’ve decided to offer these as a custom edit on Etsy site, here.

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I have a confession.

I bought our wedding invitations before we were even engaged. I guess I should back it up and say that we would have been engaged by then had I not lost my job. We just couldn’t merit that kind of money at that point. A couple months later once I got a new job, we got engaged.

So really, while unemployed with lack of cash flow, what inspired me to get invitations suddenly? The price.

You might want to sit down.

Sitting?

Good.

The story goes as follows: Go to staples for soap business supplies, take a look at clearance table to see if there is anything on it I can use, see wedding invitations. Marked down from $40 a box to $7.50 for 50 invites – I can deal with not loving the design (plain with a tiny bouquet of flowers on top). I scoop up a few more boxes than I expect to use,  just incase.

I get to the cash register and I nearly fall over giggling with pure joy and shock. Then I do some sort of Top Gun high-five with the guy behind me in line (okay, I didn’t but it crossed my mind). Why all the celebration? They rang up as .50 cents a box. I confirm the price and gleefully skip out of the store with all wedding invitations for $2.50 cents and a savings of $197.50.

When Mr. A walks in the door I bubble over about my find.  Through the look of utter confusion and gears turning in his head, I get approval. We’ve been together for almost 6 years at this point, he’s really not too baffled by my antics, and was impressed by the savings.

I spent all of yesterday designing and figuring out the wedding and rsvp design since they do need to go out this month. We have a mason jar theme (much like my life). I designed the outline of the jar, in my vector editor, after a picture I found because mason jar pictures so hard to come across. Okay, that was slightly sarcastic.

So without further ado, the invitation set. Cost?  $0.01 cent each (not including labor or ink).

The invitation was printed and cut around to leave a small border. The invitation paper was off-white with tiny flowers on top. I lined these up to print below the flower design and chopped it right off.

The RSVP’s took a while to figure out how I wanted them worded. When it came down to it, I wanted a cute front that incorporated the jars and went for an nontraditional approach to the wording on the back.

here it is printed for some perspective:

So how did I format the wording for these? Mad-Lib style!

 

I am excited about these and can’t wait to get them all printed and sent out in the mail. I have to confirm the time with the church first but once that’s done my printer won’t know what hit it.

Oh, and if you did the math ($2.50/.50 cents a box = 5 boxes*50 per box = 250) we don’t have nearly 250  people as it turns out. We went with about 100 less than that. Thank God.

Happy Wedding Crafting!,

Heather

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DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS:

These items are for personal use only. No commercial uses or for clients. Reproductions must be attributed back to Like A Cup of Tea. Please see Creative Commons License below.

Editing Requirements:

  • Vector editor like Adobe Illustrator (available for free trial) or Inkscape (free opensource vector editor – and what I used to design these)
  • Basic knowledge of vector/design editing. The text in these is not automatically aligned, you will likely need to realign.

Fonts:

The fonts used in these are both free from DaFont. They are HandTIMES and LaPointes Road. If you are unsure how to install fonts, a quick youtube search will show you a video on it. It’s super easy.

Tips (in Inkscape):

  • This is set up to 8.5 x 5.5 because of how my invites were. Go to Document Properties and change the page dimensions to anything you need.
  • Edit your text, don’t worry about it being aligned yet. Get the text and fonts how you want them.
  • Align your text using the kerning/shift tools. To do so, with the arrow tool highlighted double click text, highlight text to shift and use the AA in the top toolbar to stretch text side to side. To stretch it up and down use the button with the two A’s on top of each other. (I’m so technical)
  • To “line” the text up in a box as I have it, click the measuring bar on the left hand side and drag (a blue line will show up) to where you would like the left side of the text. Do the same to drag another blue line to the right where you would like it lined up to.
  • With the arrow tool selected, click a text box and drag it to line up to the left hand blue line.
  • With the arrow tool selected, click a text box once and hold control while you drag the bottom right arrow of the box, until it is aligned with the right most blue line. Repeat this on all text boxes until it’s aligned properly.
  • Make sure to save as an Inkscape SVG, not regular, not eps, or you won’t be able to reopen it again (unless you install Ghostscript but that’s a whole different back of tricks you can google about). Your best bet to print these is to “Export” the page OR if you just want the drawing, select everything so the whole drawing/text is highlighted and then Export “selected” to your desktop with a dpi of about 300.
  • Still confused? Google or Youtube Inkscape tutorials. Above is about the best I can do. Sorry!

That’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s the easiest way (that my non-designer brain and plenty of research) knows how to do it. Have fun messing around with it. If you post your changes to your own blog, link back to mine so I can see them!


Creative Commons License
Mason Jar Invitations by Like A Cup Of Tea is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

100 Comments

  • Melanie
    April 7, 2011 - 1:35 am | Permalink

    OK – I am BEYOND jealous of your invitations!! I am shopping for mason jar invites right now and am outraged by the price – saw really cute and expensive ones on etsy. These are so adorable and I love, love, love the mad lib RSVP!! So clever!

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ’0 which is not a hashcash value.

    • admin
      April 7, 2011 - 1:40 am | Permalink

      Aw thank you! They were so fun (but took quite a while) to design. I printed them super cheap on my own.

      We got our first RSVP card back today and it was so cute. Warning though that as a post card we printed ourselves, it got wet and bled a little. I am loving them though!

    • Maggie
      April 23, 2013 - 11:40 am | Permalink

      Hi Heather,

      I am so in love with your mason jar invites. Am I able to use Publisher to make edits to them.?

      Thanks so much?

    • Heather
      April 23, 2013 - 6:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi Maggie! Glad you love these. Unfortunately you cannot use Publisher, but I’ve included directions in the blog post on how to download and use Inkscape, the vector editor it was created in. Hope that helps!

      Xo
      Heather

  • Laura
    April 17, 2011 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute! Do you have a link to the RSVP card too?

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ’0 which is not a hashcash value.

    • admin
      April 17, 2011 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for reminding me, Laura! I’ve been crazy making soap, working on my company website and my own wedding that I completely forgot to put these up! They are now uploaded, have fun!

  • Bonnie
    April 17, 2011 - 4:40 pm | Permalink

    OMGOSH!!!! I LOVE these! I am planning a wedding right now and we are using LOTS of mason jars. This would be so cute for invitations. Am I missing the link for the RSVPs?? The Mad Lib part was so creative. :) :) Super impressed! Thanks for sharing the link…. I would really love the link for the RSVPs too!!!!

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ’0 which is not a hashcash value.

    • admin
      April 17, 2011 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Bonnie! They were fun to make and incredibly fun to receive back in the mail (even the cannot attend ones). As I wrote to Laura, I am thankful you both wrote (within an hour of each other to boot) about it. I’ve been so straight out I forgot to upload them. They are now available and ready for you to download. Have fun customizing them for your wedding!

  • April 19, 2011 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    These are absolutely adorable and creative!!! I remember making some invites for our engagement party and direction cards, menu’s, etc. for our wedding almost 5 years ago now. Good times and so worth the personal touch in the end. Yours came out soooooooooo nice!!! Make sure to frame one of each for your home. It will be great to look back on over the years. Enjoy your wedding day. (I saw your post over on YHL).

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ’0 which is not a hashcash value.

    • admin
      April 19, 2011 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

      That’s a great idea! I should frame them. I hadn’t thought of that! :)

      [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ’0 which is not a hashcash value.

  • May 22, 2011 - 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I love these! A mason jar themed wedding? I can’t wait to see the pics of this. I love the jars and try to keep them stocked in our Etsy store – http://www.etsy.com/shop/cherishedhearts .

  • aggie
    June 14, 2011 - 5:19 pm | Permalink

    That is just so BRILLIANT!

  • amanda
    July 21, 2011 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    HI :) these are wonderful! I came across them on the wedding chicks site. i am having a problem with the invite, though :( their site will not let me create the invitation. I was able to do all of the others, just not the invitation. i have tried sending them messages about it, but they will not go through to any of their boxes for some reason. is there any way you can help me?
    thanks!!

    • Heather
      July 21, 2011 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Amanda, check your email!

      Thanks,
      Heather

  • Jenn
    July 27, 2011 - 6:04 pm | Permalink

    These are almost exactly what I was looking for! Do you happen to have the original for the RSVP card? I’d like to design my invitation and save the date with different sized mason jars like that, but no color. I’m having trouble finding the right graphics even at a cost! I’d really appreciate the help! Thanks!

    • Heather
      July 27, 2011 - 11:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jenn,

      Scroll to the bottom of the post, there are downloads of the invite and the RSVP front/back as well as “directions” (sort of, I’m no pro) on how to edit them and the free software/fonts I used. I hope that helps!

      -Heath

  • Kirstina
    August 10, 2011 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I love these! You did such an awesome job! I am so excited to show my fiance. We are also using a ton of mason jars. I was having an issue with the back of the save the date card. It wouldn’t upload my creation. Is there any way that you could send the info to my email?

    Thank you so much! You are saving us tons of $ on our invitations!

    ~Kirstina

    • Heather
      August 10, 2011 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Kirstina! I made them to help people save on money. I’m glad you liked them!

      Can you clarify? I just double checked and I only have the RSVP and the Invite for download. Were you having trouble with the Save The Date over at The Wedding Chicks?

      Thanks!
      Heath

  • Kirstina
    August 10, 2011 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

    Yes. The Save the Date was at The Wedding Chicks webpage.

    • Heather
      August 11, 2011 - 1:07 am | Permalink

      Thanks for clarifying! I would contact the ladies over at Wedding Chicks for technical support, they are super nice. Unfortunately I have nothing to do with their site, and I’m only offering the invite and RSVP on here. The original save the date wasn’t designed the same and was made into digital format for them. :( I’m sure they would love to know if there’s a technical issue!

      Thanks,
      Heather

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  • Alicia
    August 16, 2011 - 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Do you have a PDF of the save the date that I can format? the Wedding Chicks website is great, but doesn’t have the colors I’m looking for.

    Love this design!

    • Heather
      August 16, 2011 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad you love the design! I’m only offering the invite and RSVP here; I formatted the Save The Date just for the ladies over at The Wedding Chicks.

      If you download either template I offer (above in the post), and download the editor you could likely just use the mason jar outline and whip up a Save The Date very similar. The font used is called HandTimes and can be downloaded free from here.. The sizing for the cards is about 3×4, but obviously you can size it anyway you want!

      Have Fun!
      Heather

  • Alicia
    August 17, 2011 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure I can figure something out! Thanks for your help!

  • Katy
    September 4, 2011 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    First I just want say I love your work!!! I have been looking for the right invitations to my fiancée and when I found yours I knew he would love it. We are using the blue mason jars as centerpiece for the weeding and have .5 gallon jars to line the deck of the hall. We are getting married on lake superior in Minnesota in two harbors and it’s all going to fit in. Just one problem I cannot get the invite template to work for me on the wedding chick’s page is there any way you can help me out with the template?

    • Heather
      September 4, 2011 - 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Aww that all sounds so beautiful! I’m glad you love this design. :) I’m sorry to hear you’re having issues with the invite template on the WC website. They are super nice girls, so I recommend emailing them and letting them know you’re having a problem. If you want to do them completely yourself, there are directions on the bottom of the post on the software to use, and the templates you should need for the invite and RSVP. Unfortunately I don’t have the Save The Date up here, I decided to leave that just for the Wedding Chicks. I hope they are able to help you out, or you are able to get everything downloaded and edited out yourself!

      xo,
      Heather

  • Aubree Brown
    September 11, 2011 - 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Love these!!! I’m a little confused though on how to get started. If I download Inkscape, do I need to design these from scratch? Or do you have some sort of template we can access to work from? Any help to get the ball rolling for me would be much appreciated!! Thanks for your help – these are so perfect for our wedding!!

    • Heather
      September 12, 2011 - 12:32 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad you love them! Just download inkscape, and then the templates I have on this post. Once those are downloaded you can use them in inkscape.

    • Aubree Brown
      September 12, 2011 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

      When I click on the three links, it sends me to a web page with the .pdf file name ending. Do I just save that image then “Open With” Inkscape? Then I can just manipulate the PDF? Sorry I’m new at the design thing!! Thanks for your help!!

    • Heather
      September 13, 2011 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Yes, save them and open in inkscape. There shouldn’t be any issues with opening. To use the same fonts you will need to download them for free from dafont (above) and install. There are great tutorials online for inkscape with a little googling if you get stuck!

  • Aubree Brown
    September 16, 2011 - 3:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks!!

  • September 28, 2011 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Does it take a bit to download the inksplash?

    • Heather
      September 28, 2011 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

      It’s a vector editing program, it might take some time depending on your connection. Mine was done really quick though.

      -Heather

  • September 28, 2011 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I am having issues opening in inskape… any suggestions?

    • Heather
      September 28, 2011 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Monica, sorry to hear you’re having issues. I have no idea what could be stopping it from opening, I’ve never had an issue. I would recommend checking out the Inkscape Wiki and googling the issue.

      -Heather

  • JoEllyn
    October 28, 2011 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if it’s possible to edit the text. We are having a wedding and dinner after but no traditional reception. So there won’t be dancing and the wording sort of illudes to dancing. Please advise.

    Thank you

    • Heather
      October 29, 2011 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi! You can’t edit the text from wedding chicks, but if you follow the directions at the bottom of this post you can download the software I did it in, fonts and templates and edit to your hearts content! Hope that helps.

      xo,
      Heather

  • Felisha
    November 12, 2011 - 8:28 pm | Permalink
    • Heather
      November 14, 2011 - 11:36 am | Permalink

      You sure can! I was so happy when they decided to use my invitations and turn them into a freebie. I highly suggest it for those who want to customize it without downloading the editing software I used and all the templates. The Wedding Chicks are rad in my book.

      xo,
      Heather

  • FOLA
    November 25, 2011 - 6:19 pm | Permalink

    nice!

    • Heather
      December 1, 2011 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

      thanks!

      xo,
      heather

  • Carrie
    December 1, 2011 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    This may be a completely stupid question but I’m going to ask it anyway. When editing the invitations etc..we have to download inkscape? These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen..I love them!

    • Heather
      December 1, 2011 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Carrie, yes you need to download inkscape to edit these. You may be able to do it in Illustrator but I’ve never tested it. Both are vector editors. There are plenty of Wiki’s and instructions if you google around on how to use inkscape (more than what I’ve given in the post.) I’m not a professional at it, I just taught myself and can find my way around to do the basics! I hope this helps.

      xo,
      Heather

      P.S. No question is stupid :)

  • Britney
    December 13, 2011 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Hello,
    I absolutely love this template. I followed your steps in downloading Inkscape. I opened up the Mason Jar template and saved it to my computer. When I opened Inkscape up and tried to open my recently saved file within the program, it is not showing up. Do you know why this could be?

    Thank You,

    • Heather
      December 13, 2011 - 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Britney, unfortunately I don’t. It works fine opening PDF’s for me. I’d google something like, “inkscape not opening PDF” and see what comes up.

      -Heath

  • Hannah
    January 11, 2012 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    I’m having some issues with inkscape crashing, so I haven’t been able to play around with these yet. But, before I get started I wanted to ask if I will be able to change the color of the invite in inkscape. I did it through Wedding Chicks, but I’d like to change some of the wording a little bit so I guess I need to start from your template.

    • Heather
      January 11, 2012 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Hannah. You will be able to change everything in inkscape from the color, to the font, the text, the shape of the mason jar, etc. I’m not sure why it’s crashing on you, though it’s happened before to me too (maybe 5 times?). I’d try restarting your computer if you’re trying to use it immediately after a new install. I can’t guarantee it will help, but it sometimes helps in general when a program is funky since it reboots the program.

      xo,
      Heather

      P.S. If you still have issues, let me know. Once in a while I do a custom through my Etsy store. It would be about $25.00 for me to make the changes and send you the .png’s you’d need of the PDF itself. It wouldn’t include any changes to the design itself besides color and text.

    • Hannah
      January 18, 2012 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Thank you very much! I’ll give it a try and see how it goes.

  • Katy
    January 18, 2012 - 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I love, love, LOVE your invites! Thank-you for sharing! Do you have the template for the save the date? I saw it on the wedding chicks site, but can’t quite figure out how to fit it to my invitation paper size.

    Thanks!
    katy

    • Heather
      January 18, 2012 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Psh! You know I do! I love love LOVE that you love my invites. That’s pretty much the best ever. I’ll go on right now and throw it up as a download like the others. Give me about 10 minutes and it will show up as a linky linkerson.

      xo,
      Heather

  • Hannah
    February 19, 2012 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Hello! These are so cute, and I’m thinking about designing my own using Inkscape now (you may have gotten me started on a crazy, time-consuming project!). Quick question: what font did you use for the body of the invitation? Is it simply a smaller size of the Hand Times font?

    Hannah

    • Heather
      February 19, 2012 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Hannah! It’s handtimes. Since vectors are scalable and can be dragged around you can make the font bigger and smaller without actually having to type in a new font size (which I love). But yes, in a matter of fact answer – it’s a smaller HandTimes. Have fun!

      -Heather

  • Filicia
    March 2, 2012 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I love this!! I was wondering if there is a way to print them without color for the jar itself because I was going to use colored card stock.

    • Heather
      March 2, 2012 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

      If you’re going through the Wedding Chicks template of the invite I would email them and ask, otherwise, you can absolutely remove the background if you edit it yourself in inkscape (directions are above in this post).

      xo,
      Heather

  • Cathy
    March 2, 2012 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi, where is the template for the mason jar?

    • Heather
      March 2, 2012 - 7:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cathy, all the templates are linked at the end of this post.

      -Heather

  • Paula Stanley
    March 5, 2012 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    I would love to use this design for rehersal dinner invitations but I don’t see the link for the download, am I missing something? Great look, thanks for sharing!

    • Heather
      March 5, 2012 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi Paula! The links for download are at the bottom of this blog post. They are in PDF format which can then be opened in inkscape.

      xo,
      Heather

  • Sara
    March 13, 2012 - 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    I am in LOVE! My whole wedding is going to be decorated with old blue mason jars, so these are perfect! I downloaded Inkscape and the 2 fonts. I am having an issue with the fonts, they show up in MSword but not in Inkscape. I tried to just copy and paste the writing from MSword into Inkscape, but Inkscape did not recognize the font and changed it back to a normal font. Can you help me please?

    • Heather
      March 13, 2012 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad you love these! My only suggestion as far as fonts is to close down inkscape and open it back up. If you install them but don’t restart inkscape it won’t load them into the program. I can’t remember if I had to restart my computer or not, but I don’t think so. I hope that helps! If not I’m as confused as you and I’d recommend some googling around.

      xo,
      Heather

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