I was wrecking my brain how I could make some cute invitations with my daughter for her Pippi Longstocking party. I did not want to spend much money on it and not too much time. It should preferably be easy enough to get my daughter involved as well. But I simply could not get myself to send out some regular cards.
At the end we made some shoes - as Pippi wears HUGE shoes (to have enough room to wiggle her toes) - with stockings.
And I am actually quite pleased with how they turned out - even if it does not say "Pippi Longstocking" right away when you see them. They are cute and different. And my daughter loved them!
In order to read the invitation you have to undo the shoes laces and read what is written on the stocking. When it is closed - like in the photo above - you can only read "Einladung", which means "Invitation".
Of course my daughter helped writing ... ;-)
We made black shoes and brown shoes.
And here is the tutorial - in case you want to make some, too. They are really easy to make!
What you need:
-black or brown construction paper
-paper for the stockings (I just used colored printer paper)
-pens in desired colors
-some ribbon, yarn, or thread to use as shoe laces
1. Download the template or make your own. You need a pattern for a shoe and a stocking.
(If you use my pattern - I made it such a size that you can make two invites out of an A4 sheet of paper. You just have to fold the paper lengthwise. Sorry for the people using letter-size. But is should be easily adaptable by just printing it slightly smaller or larger.)
2. Fold your paper and transfer your shoe template on the paper. The fold of the paper should be at the back side of the shoe (so that you can untie the laces lateron and open the shoe up).
When you have it cut out you should be able to open it up like this:
3. With the hole punch put three or more holes in the shoe where your laces are supposed to go.
4. Cut out the stocking. Use colored paper. You can add stripes if you want to.
Make sure that the stocking fits into the shoe!
5. Now you can write your message on the stocking. We wrote "invitation" at the top - so you could still read that when the shoe-card was closed.
My daughter drew some colorful stripes unterneath.
Under the stripes I wrote the actual invitation with all the necessary information like where and when the party is.
6. Now you just have to add your "shoe laces" and tie your shoes up.