Free Panda Party Invitation template + Video Tutorial

Free Panda Party Invitation template + Video Tutorial

I’ve got pandas on the brain recently so I got onto my favorite online design program, Canva, to create some panda party invitation and decorations for you.

You can also create your own panda party invitation very easily using Canva.

If you don’t have time to create your own, this free panda party invitation is perfect for your little panda’s birthday party. There are several templates to choose from.

panda invitation tempate

 

The first file is with “It’s my birthday” inside the banner and “Time to Celebrate” on the template. You just add your party information underneath.

Edit this using the free Acrobat Reader or the online program, PDFescape.

In order to personalize your invitation in Picmonkey or Canva, you will need to download the PNG file.

Panda Birthday Party template

The second template leaves all the text out so you can put your own wordings. This one could be use for baby shower, birthday, and other social events. You can also just personalize this with your kid’s name in the banner and a cute little quote on the bottom. Print and frame it.

 

panda party invitation sample

 

You can personalize these templates several ways:

 

1. PICMONKEY

 

1. Click on Edit.

2. Upload your PNG file

3. Click on the T for text on the left side menu.

4. Click on Add Text

5. Pick a font then type in your information.

You can change the font size, alignment, etc in the Text pop that pops up when you are typing.

 

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2. CANVA

 

 

Just click on invitation (5x7) template or you can just enter your custom dimensions.

Upload your saved png file and upload it to Canva using the Upload image function.

Drag the image on the blank artboard.

To personalize it, click on Text —> Add subheading. Type in your text.

On the top left hand corner of your canvas you’re giving options to change the font, color, size, align the text, and spacing of the letters.

Once you are done, click download and choose either PNG or PDF.

Your work is automatically saved to your Canva account. If you want to change the text later on, you can find it on your home page under ” All my designs”.

3. AROBAT READER OR PDFESCAPE

 

If you have Acrobat Reader, you should be able to edit the PDF that has the text box with sample information.

Just open your PDF. Select the text box and type in your information.

Editing your PDF this way doesn’t give you any options except typing in your party details. You can’t change the font, size, color, etc.

You can also use the free online program, PDFescape, to add text to any PDF files.

 

PANDA CUPCAKE TOPPER

I also made a panda cupcake topper for you. You can also make turn these into thank you tags or sticker to put on favor bags.

panda cupcake toppers

 

Downloading the Panda files from the Printable Resource Library

Yes, you do have to sign up to access the library, but it’s FREE. And you get some awesome printables, like this unicorn calendar and this pretty donut wall art.

 

Check out this video for some panda treats that you can put these free cupcake toppers on.

Looking for some more panda party decoration ideas?

Take a look at this Youtube video. It’s not in English, but it’s simple to make and full of fun ideas.

This video will show you come back to school panda crafts, but I think some of them could also be cool useful party favors.

 

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How to personalize printables using Canva

How to personalize printables using Canva

Have you ever bought a printable from my shop that has tons of white space? Like this giraffe or bunny wall art printable and wish you can personalize it with a name or a quote?

CANVA TUTORIAL PERSONALIZED printables

Today, I will show you how to turn my 8x10 giraffe printable into a party welcome sign using a free online design program called, Canva.

 

WHAT IS CANVA?

 

Canva is an online design program that lets you create tons of beautiful posters, invitations, pinterest graphics, etc.  for free.

There is also a paid version of Canva, called Canva for Work. There is one feature of Canva for Work that I LOVE!!! That one feature is Canva’s ability to resize my 8x10 designs any other size I want, like a poster, an invitation, a bookmark, etc. I will show you how easy it is in my next tutorial.

Also, with Canva for Work you get more free graphic options.

However, the free version is just awesome for doing all your home and party printables.

 

Please note: You can only use and personalize my printables for your own personal use. Please do not modify it, claim it as your own and then sell it. That would not be so nice of you.

 

Materials for this project:

My party giraffe printable if you want to follow along.  When you get the giraffe PNG file, just right click on the image and choose save image as to save onto your computer.

 

 Canva

 

CREATING A PARTY WELCOME SIGN

 

Watch the video below for quick tutorial on how to turn this giraffe printable into a party welcome sign. There is no sound, but it’s fairly easy to follow along.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Go to Canva website. Simply fill in the requested information and sign up.

 

personalize printable with Canva

 

 

2. Click on custom dimension and enter 8x10 in. That is the size of my nursery wall art.  Click on Create new design.

 

Personalize printables with Canva dimensions

 

3.   It will open up your blank canvas. Go to Upload and Click on Upload an image.

 

4. Find the giraffe image that was saved on your computer and upload it to Canva. It will show up under the upload an image like in the screenshot below.

 

Personalize printable with canva upload images

 

5. Now click and drag the giraffe image onto your blank canvas. Once you see the outline of the canvas turn blue unclick your mouse.  The image will now fit exactly into the 8x10 canvas. Otherwise, it will just place your giraffe image down a lot smaller and your have to adjust the image yourself.

 

Personalize printable using canva giraffe on canvas

 

ADDING ELEMENTS TO YOUR WELCOME SIGN

 

Lets say you love the giraffe with the party hat, but you want to change the pom pom on top of it.. Here is what you do.

 

Click on Elements.

You will see tons of elements that are free and some that are paid. If you want, you can filter it for just free elements by typing free and whatever you are looking for in search. If you have the paid version, Canva for Work, you can just click on free crown icon. Canva for Work offers you more freebies that you otherwise would have to pay if you have the free version.

personalize printables with canva adding elements

 

Using the search box type in firework. Click or drag it onto the canvas.

 

Personalized printables using Canva adding firework elements

 

If you don’t like the firework colors, you can change it to fit your party theme by clicking on the current color and changing it to the one you want.

 

 

Personalize printables using canva making graphics

 

If you want the firework topper as full as mine, copy it 3 times and then layered them on top of each other, rotating them to how you like them and then group them together. The group function is right next to COPY. Doing this will allow you to move all three layers as one!

You can now download or print this out just like this OR you can:

 

 

ADD TEXT

 

You can add text two different ways. One by clicking on Add a heading, Add a subheading, or Add a little bit of body text. The other way is by using the Canva’s font combination. Canva groups two different fonts together that they feel would make your design pop. I love the Happy Birthday combination, which has the Selima and the League Spartan font. if you don’t like it after putting onto your designs you can always change the font.

 

By the way, the font combination are grouped together. Whatever you type using this font pairing will move together. If you want to move Happy further up and Birthday separately, you need to UNGROUP. This will let you move the two fonts separately.

personalize printables with Canva changing font pairing

 

I added the number 3 to the party hat for a little more personality. Since, I’m only doing a number, I picked Add a heading. Then type the number 3.  I can change its size, color, text using the options on the top left corner. Play with all the options available to you.

 

personalize printables with Canva changing text colors and fonts

 

BONUS

Lets say you find the above still a little bit too simple and what to add more colors and patterns in the background, like the sign below.

personalized printables confetti giraffe sign

Search for confetti in Elements. Change the color of the confetti if you want it to match your party theme.

 

Now make copies of the confetti and drag it where you want it to go.  You might have to play around with placement of the polkdots so it doesn’t cover the party hat or the words. For the words you can always change the position (upper right corner) to be in front of the polkadots.

 

Do the same for the balloons. Find it in Elements. Copy it to make it across the top of your welcome sign.

CANVA TUTORIAL PERSONALIZED printables

Wasn’t that super fun to do?

You made your first cool party printable!

YAY!

If you love this giraffe polkadot welcome sign the way it is, you can download it here and just modify the name. I will omit the name and the number on the hat for you to personalize yourself.

 

You can download the party hat giraffe with confetti and balloons here.

 

SAVING YOUR WORK

 

Your work is automatically save onto your  Canva account.

If you want to share your design with others, you can click on Share. You get the options of either inviting people  to edit or view your designs. The other sharing option is through a link.

 

If you want to download your finished work onto your computer, you can click the down arrow next to the Share button.

 

I normally save my design in PDF Print.

If you choose Publish, you get more options including having Canva print and ship the finished design to your door.

 

I have not tried it, but the pricing is fairly reasonable. And it’s free shipping. Love THAT!

personalize printables with canva downloading designs

 

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. I plan to do more in the following weeks. Next, we will turn the giraffe printable into a party invitation.

Pin this tutorial for future reference.

CANVA TUTORIAL PERSONALIZED printable Pinterest

Let me know if you would to create more fun designs with me in Canva by commenting below!

 

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5 ways to decorate a party using tissue papers!

5 ways to decorate a party using tissue papers!

Decorate a party using tissue papers

Planning a party can take a lot of money and time. But most of the time it doesn’t have to cost as much as we think. The solution is use what you have or buy something really cheap and create something magnificent with it to decorate your party.

 

Today I’m going to give you 5 ideas on on how to decorate a party and wow your guests.

 

I hope you didn’t throw those tissue papers from your holiday celebrations away because you just wasted tons of good tissue papers and money for your next party.
By the way, I’m not talking about the tissue paper you blow your nose with. I’m talking about the tissue paper that you stuff into gift bags to hide the fact that you don’t have time to wrap the gifts!!! You know who you are!

 

Here are five ways to decorate your party with tissue papers!

 

1. TASSELS

 

Tassels will always be in style.  They are super easy to make. Here are some awesome tutorials on how to turn tissue papers into tassels. Visit Purely Katie to learn how to make these tassels.  Attached to a balloon and you got an awesome table centerpiece or a photo prop for a 1st birthday or gender reveal photo shoot. An awesome idea is to put something in the balloon to reveal the gender of the baby when popped.

 

5 ways to decorate your paper with tissue papers- tassels

Photo source: Purely Katie

 

Here is another way to use tassels. Make a tissue paper garland  and hang them all over your house. If you’re doing a 1st birthday party, you can add pictures of the baby between the tassels with cute clothespins.

 

5 ways to decorate a party with tissue papers Tassels

photo source: Tikkido

 

2. POM POM

 

Make tons of tissue paper pom poms and flowers. Another really simple DIY.  You can make them really big or really tiny for a doll’s party. Jennifer from the Crafted Patch Blog will show you how to make these in different sizes. These are actually fun to make with your friends over a little drink,like, tea. *wink*

 

 

3. FLOWERS

 

This gorgeous flower backdrop which is perfect for a spring baby shower, bridal shower, 1st birthday party, or any kind of party, is made from lots of tissue paper. You can learn to make them here.

 

5 ways to decorate a party with tissue paper

Photo source: Kojo Designs

 

Make these cute little flowers to use as a place setting. Attached a floral wire and put them into a little vase to make a table centerpiece.  Or can also make party favors by attaching a clip and attaching a thank you note to it. Learn how to make them here.

 

5 ways to decorate your party with tissue papers.

Photo source: Hub Pages

 

 

4. GARLAND

 

You can simply layer different color tissue papers and hang them on a baker’s twine, yarn, or whatever string you have lying around to make a tissue paper garland. You can add a little more flare by snipping it however you want. Check out this multi colored tissue garland from Pizzazzerie. Make it shabby chic by folding these doilies over the tissue paper. Or put these over the tissue garland for Valentine’s Day.

 

5 ways to decorate a party with tissue papers. Tissue paper garland

Photo source: Pizzazzarie

 

5. ACCORDION TISSUE BURSTS

 

How gorgeous are these guys?! You can mix so many different colors to match your party theme. Group these guys on a wall and you got an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop! Check out the tutorial on A subtle Revelry!

 

5 ways to decorate a party with tissue papers. Accordian burst

Photo source: A subtle Revelry

 

6. TISSUE FRINGE GARLAND

This is a bonus  cause if you want to make it this long it might take a while, but look how awesome the end result is. It would be so fun to make and see the guests face when they enter your house.   Just make this over a movie marathon with the kids snipping lots of tissue paper. OH SO FUN, right??!!! Learn to make it from Oh Happy Day.
5 ways to decorate a party with tissue papers - Tissue Fringe Garland

Photo source: Oh Happy Day

 

Where can you buy tissue paper if you don’t have any:

 

You can buy them in almost any store. Jack’s, which I’ve frequented in Manhattan, NY have a huge selection of color tissue papers.
You can get them from the dollar store or the gift sections of Target, grocery stores, convenience stores like Rite Aid, Walgreen, etc.

 

Of course, you can always get them from one of my favorite online store, Amazon.


How will you be using your tissue paper to decorate a party?

 

Happy Tissue Paper crafting!

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12 CHEAP DIY CHRISTMAS WREATHS YOU CAN MAKE IN 30 MINS OR LESS!

12 CHEAP DIY CHRISTMAS WREATHS YOU CAN MAKE IN 30 MINS OR LESS!

Here are 12 DIY Christmas wreaths to make if you are short on time and only want to spend $10 or less.

Shop at the dollar stores for the supplies.  Use your coupons at Michaels, Joann’s Fabric, Hobby Lobby for extra saving. They often will have 40% or more discounts.

 

1. Plaid Christmas wreath by Lil’ Luna.

 

christmas wreath diy

 

2. Hula hoop Eucalytus Christmas wreath by homemade ginger.

 

DIY-CHRISTMAS-WREATH eucalyptus

 

3. Let it Snow Christmas wreath by the happy housie.

 

https://thehappyhousie.porch.com/let-it-snow-christmas-wreath the happy housie




4. Joy Christmas wreath by Renovated Faith.

 

Diy Wreath Joy

 

5. Red ribbon Christmas wreath by Woman’s Day.

 

DIY wreath red ribbons Woman's Day

 

6. Moss wreath by Aimee Weaver.

 

 

7. Snowflake wreath by Ballard Bunch.

 

DIY wreath snowflake Ballard Bunch

 



8. Duster Christmas wreath by Craftberry Bush.

 

DIY wreath flufflychristmaswreathcraftberrybush2

 

9. Holly Berry Christmas wreath by Polkadot Chair.

 

DIY Wreath red-white-diy-christmas-wreath

 

10.  Poinsettia Christmas wreath by Vanessa Christenson.

 

Poinsettia Christmas Wreath DIY

 

11. Peppermint monogram wreath by Two Twenty One.

 

Wreath DIY peppermint-monogram-wreath

 

12. Ornament wreath by Live Love DIY.

 

DIY christmas wreath ornaments livelovediy

 



Here is a cotton ball wreath with woodland figurines that I made several years ago.

 

DIY Wreath Cotton Ball and mushrooms

If you want to make this all you need are:

a wreath

100-200 cotton balls

Hot glue gun

Christmas or woodland figurines (Mushrooms were from Michaels. Deer and sheep were from an Etsy shop that i don’t recall the name of. Sorry.)

Glue all the cotton balls to the wreath so it’s totally covered. Or if you want to use less cotton balls just cover the front of the wreath.

Place the figurines on the wreath and you are done!

If you have a lot more than 30 mins and could spend more money, this balloon Christmas wreath by Studio DIY would be sooo cool to have above the mantel!

 

DIY-Christmas-Balloon-Wreath

 

 

Are you planning to do a Christmas wreath DIY? Share your Christmas wreath with me.

 

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