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