Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ninja Knife Birthday Party Invitations


We are officially on the road to a Ninja party!  The two week countdown begins as these paper knifes were distributed today.  I'm not feeling confident right now, with none of the activities solidified... Aack! 

Making the paper Ninja knifes is the easy part!  You just need black and white cardstock, a gold paint pen, some red ribbon (1/8"), and either a sewing machine (white and red thread) or white and red markers.  I've put the template in pdf below:

1) Cut out two sheath pieces and sew or glue together.
2) Glue (tacky glue) a length of ribbon around the top (24cm or 5.5 inches) and knot at side.
3) Cut out knife blade (print party details on first) and two knife handles.
4) Use a paint pen to color edge gold.
5) Glue (rubber cement) the handles together with knife in between.
6) When glue is dry, stitch (or draw) a design onto the handle.




This was my first shot at sewing paper.  I sure love how stitching the red thread on the black paper looks almost like a real leather knife holder. Bonus, it was really as simple as sewing cloth!  I didn't backstitch all of them because I was afraid it wouldn't work, but it does, and now I wish they were all like that.  The glue from the ribbon will give them strength for repeated use though.


For the print on the invitations, I surveyed a bunch of Asian fonts and found BONZAI the easiest to read yet still having an Asian flair. I saved some of the other fonts for party decorations, but I didn't want to risk confusion on the all important party details! The print says, "Calling all Ninjas! (Name) is 7!  Let's Celebrate!  Date and Time, Dojo (our address), and RSVP Sensei (your contact info).  The invitation will fit in a standard business envelope (#10, 4 1/8" x 9 1/2").


(If you haven't downloaded a font before, don't be intimidated. Just search "how to install a font" to find instructions that match your software.  For example with my computer, I just click the font's download button, then open up Windows Explorer and find the file. Right click on the file name to extract and save in a great location (new fonts folder?).  Right click on the extracted file and click "install" and presto, you're good to go!)

Back to party planning...


Paper Ninja Knife Birthday Party Invitation

15 comments:

  1. What a great invitation! Thank you so much for sharing your talent! My 7 year old wants a Ninja party and you have some amazing ideas!

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    1. Thank you!! I hope you have an awesome time planning your party! Forever memories comin' your way... :)

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  2. I was wondering if you had a pattern for the ninja fabric throwing stars. They are really cute!

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    1. Absolutely! I will send you a pdf if you send me your email. If you include your email here, I won't publish the comment, if you like, to keep your address safe.

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  3. Thanks for the template! I found you and now follow you on pinterest

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  4. I love this invite! I hope I don't offend you by asking this but... Would you concider making some for me for a fee?

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    1. Just email me with how many and your party details.

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    2. Hi,
      I was wondering if you can if you can send me a template for making the fabric.
      thanks

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    3. Sure, I can send the template, however you are signed in as anonymous so I have no idea how to reach you...

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  5. These are really, really nice. I want to buy them! How do I go about doing that?

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  6. I need to figure out etsy one of these days... but for now, you can email me with your party details and I'll get right on it!

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  7. Hi, I know this post is almost 5 years old, but do u happen to still have the template?

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    1. Yes, is it too late? Where do I reach you?

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