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6.02.2014

Soda Can Party Invitation {FREE Printable!}

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Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times . . .  every good party starts with a great invitation!  You set the tone for the whole shindig by the way you invite people to it.  I like a good, flashy invitation -- usually with some kind of pre-party bribe gift involved.  {Remember my Super Bowl party invites?} We have made these soda can party invitations for several of our kids' birthday parties over the years and they are always a hit.  Plus, they're easy to make!!


You will need:
  • cans of soda {one for each invitation}
  • wrapped candy {30-40 pieces per can}
  • straight pins 
  • 3" styrofoam ball {1 ball will make 2 invitations}
  • tape
  • printable labels {available below}
Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com

Step 1:  Cut a styrofoam ball in half.  Attach one piece to each can of soda with tape as shown above.  It doesn't matter if you use cute washi tape or plain scotch tape -- it won't show when you're finished.


Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
Step 2:  Begin attaching candy to the styrofoam ball with the straight pins.  The pins with the little colored balls on the head work best because the pin heads don't pull through the wrappers as easily and the candy stays secure.  

Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
Work in layers, starting at the bottom and working your way to the top.  The lower layers of candy will prop up the layers on top, eventually giving a nice "fluffy" look.  I usually add a few Dum Dum lollipops on these as well, but I forgot to pick them up at the store.  Oops!  If you use Dum Dums, just poke the stick right into the foam.  In addition to the candies I used here, we also like to use salt water taffy and Double Bubble gum.  Anything with a loose wrapper or extra wrapper on the ends is perfect!


Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
Step 3:  Once you are happy with the candy arrangement, cut out and attach the printable labels to the can with a piece of tape.  Wrap the label around the can and trim off any excess if needed, then tape in place.


Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
Hold CTRL while clicking on the image above to open it in a new tab.  In the new tab, click on the image again to make it full-size, then right click and save it to your computer.  I know pink will not work for every party, but you can easily change the color in a photo editing program {like Photoshop or Gimp} or on PicMonkey.  You can also use those programs to add text to fill in the blanks, or just hand write the info in after printing.


To Customize the Invitation in Photoshop or Gimp:



Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
I use Gimp, but I'm told Photoshop is very similar.  Just open your image in the program, then choose Colorize from the Colors menu.  Adjust the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness sliders in the window that pops up to get the color you are looking for.  Add Text using the text tool.  The main font I used is called Dead Hardy, if you are trying to match.  Save the finished image to your computer and you're ready to print.


To Customize the Invitation in PicMonkey:



Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
Upload the image on picmonkey.com so you can edit it.  Under the Effects menu {the magic wand icon}, choose Tint.  Click anywhere you want in that little rainbow box to get your desired color, then click apply.  Add your text using the text menu.  Dead Hardy is available on PicMonkey as a premium feature.  If you don't want to pay to upgrade, just pick another font that you like.  Save it and you're good to go!


To Print the Images:


This image will fit two to a page in Word, if you change all the margins to .5 inches and set the orientation to landscape in the Page Set Up menu.  Once the page is set up, Click on Insert on the top left side of the page, then choose Picture, and click on "From File".  Find the image on your computer and click Insert.  Do the exact same thing one more time and you'll have the image twice on your page.  Print as many copies as you need for your invitations.


Soda Can and Candy Party Invitations with free printable labels at my3monsters.com
I love how fun and festive they look when they're all finished!  Driving around and dropping these off to my kids' friends was so much fun -- kids L.O.V.E. them.  {Sorry moms and dads -- carrot and celery stick on a bottle of water just don't have the same effect . . . } Just make sure you warn parents of small children about the pins so they can help their kiddos get their candy safely.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Amy



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3 comments:

  1. Cute! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is such a fun idea, Amy! Love it!

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