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We saw Disney’s new Tangled movie at Thanksgiving, and my daughter fell quickly in love. As we were leaving the theater my oldest requested that her birthday party (which up until then was going to be a mermaid theme) be based on Tangled. I also thoroughly enjoyed the movie (if you haven’t yet taken your kids to see it, you simply MUST!), so I was happy to oblige her request.
The party is this Friday, and I still have lots to do. I’ll post all the party details next week, but first I wanted to share this tutorial for making my Tangled Tower Birthday Party Invitations (because the ones available at the store are definitely NOT super!)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Watch Bettijo showing Martha Stewart how to make this invitation here.
It took me a few days to come up with an invitation concept that met all my criteria: (1) Cute; (2) Was obviously for a Tangled/Rapunzel birthday party; (3) Did not infringe on any kind of trademarks or copyrights. Then I had this idea to make a “tower invitation” with a window cut-out and long Rapunzel braid coming down. I decided the invites should be sized to fit in a business, No. 10 envelope. When I made mine, I typeset the text with all the info for Atty’s party, but I created a Rapunzel Tower Birthday Party Invitation template that you can simply print and fill in with your details. After numerous requests, we also now offer a printable template customized with your own party info.
Here is what you’ll need to make the invites…
:: Rapunzel Invite Free Fill-In Template OR Purchase a Customized Printable Template
:: Cardstock paper
:: Golden Yellow Embroidery Thread
:: Thin Purple Ribbon
:: Rectangle or other window-ish paper punch
:: Hot Glue Gun
I printed my invites on a light purple, metallic paper from a local paper store. (At the same store I found some fun white No. 10 envelopes that actually opened on the end.) You can use whatever paper you like, but be careful not to get too thick — you don’t want much more than an 80lb cardstock or you’ll have issues with the paper punch.
The template automatically will print two invitations per page. Cut the invites down to size and then punch out the window. I find it is easiest to put the paper into the punch up-side down so you can see where you’re punching and make sure it is properly aligned.
In order to punch far enough down on the page, I found that the new Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page tool worked best.
Next make Rapunzel’s braid. You’ll need a skein of embroidery thread for every two invitations. My local craft store stocks the DMC brand, and I used both “Old Gold” and “Straw” colors since they didn’t have enough of either to make all 12 invitations. (By the way, after finishing the invites I decided I prefer the “Straw” color.)
Measure out a 9-inch length of thread then wrap back and forth until you have a cluster of 16 strands. Clip the ends then tape down.
Separate the cluster into three groups and begin braiding.
Tie off the bottom of the braid with the purple ribbon using a square knot. Tie off the top of the braid, just below the tape with an extra piece of thread.
Trim both the top and bottom of the braid to finish.
Now attach Rapunzel’s braid to the “tower” invitation card.
Feed the top end of the braid through the window and secure in the back with hot glue.
Also ad a small dot of glue to the front of the card, just under the window to help the braid lay correctly on the invite, avoiding the text.
That’s it! Now just wait for someone to say, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel, let down your hair!” Trust me, they WILL say it.
I was a bit stumped on how to dress up the envelopes, and Aimee suggested I have my daughter draw a Rapunzel on the front of each envelope. Most kids probably wouldn’t have the patience to execute this, but since my daughter absolutely loves to draw princesses, she did a great job. Here’s how they looked before we dropped them in the mail:
After posting this, we’ve had several requests for a template of the yellow labels used on the envelopes. So here is a printable envelope label template with lines where you can fill in your own to/from info!
We’ve heard the requests for an easier Tangled Birthday Party Invitation, and we’ve created these two NEW! colorful and printable Rapunzel-themed invites. Download the free versions or get a template personalized with all your party details from our Supermom Co-Op.
About the author
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares what she's dreamed up for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and simple ideas for holidays. She is a single mom of three girls and one boy. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local television. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Bettijo lives with her four kiddos in Phoenix, Arizona.