Dora backpack invitations

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My youngest daughter wanted a Dora birthday party this year. She's been very adamant that it's Dora themed. I wanted to bring the fun Dora theme to the invitations in a personalized way. I was a little bit stumped as to how to do that... so I went online. I Googled "Dora party invitations" and a lot of pictures of backpack came up. I also came across a couple handmade backpack invitations and I thought, well... if they can do it... I can too. And so I did! 


The hardest part was coming up with the template. I wanted to print them on purple card stock from home and them just fold the card stock to look like a backpack. 


It took a couple tries but then I came up with a shape I was finally happy with. I ended up printing out a couple copies of the backpack on white paper just to give me the shapes of the eyes and mouth. 



After that it's all about cutting out the mouth, eyes, eyebrows and lots of gluing! I think it turned out pretty cute though! And I've gotten a lot of complements on them from other parents. I think that even though it was a lot of cutting and gluing, it was worth it.


Another special touch I did was cut out strips of purple card stock and glue them to the back of the invitation like backpack straps. 



Here is the finished product :)



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51 comments:

Kelly said...

Those turned out so cute! You've really captured the backpack's sweet face. I think you should make a template to share with other Mom's!

Becca said...

That's a great idea! Thanks! My scanner is on the fritz so I'm not sure how I'll do it but I will try! :)

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

FANTASTICO!

Becca said...

Thank you!

Monique A said...

Hi, ur invitations r sooo adorable! Did u ever make a template to post. I've been trying to find one so I can make some for mh daughters 2nd bday

Becca said...

Hi Monique!
Thank you for asking- my scanner still is having problems with my home computer. I should have a better template up within the next couple weeks. But if you can't wait that long I made a quick template of the shape by hand. You should be able to click on the picture of it and be able to print it out. Let me know how it works for you or if it doesn't work. Thanks!

Monique said...

Thank u soo much. I will try it out tomorrow! This is gonna save me alot of time and relieve some of my stress. I have to make 65 invitations!!

Becca said...

I'm glad I could help! And wow! That's a lot of invitations! :) Good luck!

Monique said...

Hi Becca. I tried to print the template u posted but for some reason it takes up 4 pages to print the entire thing. It's super oversized. Maybe it's just my computer and the settings are off?? Not sure so I'm goin to try it at my parents house today.. Hopefully it works :)
Thanks Again!
I'll update u

Becca said...

I hope it worked for you today... I'm not sure why it was so large..hmmm... I guess if you tried just copying the picture and pasting it in word and enlarging it to fit the page it might give you an ok template. But fingers crossed your parents computer works :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Becca, I have a set of triplets that are turning 3 in June and I loved the backpack invitation that you made. But I am having a hard time printing or copying your template. Is there a way you can email me the template? talinarjona@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Sorry, don't know why my name is now showing, its Talin. Also, my invitations are 4x6, will they be too big for the backpack? You are super talented. I just can't draw :-).

Becca said...

Yes, I'll email you the jpeg. It shouldn't be too large for 4x6. I just used the standard 8x11 printer paper to draw a template on and once folded in thirds it's at least half that size. And thank you!

Elisa said...

hello. I was wondering if you would be able to email me the template as well. This is by far the best idea I've seen so for and I've googled several images! Very creative! tejada83elisa@gmail.com

Becca said...

I just mailed it off. Thank you so much!!!

Coach Kim said...

Hey, Becca. I also love your invitation and HATE to bother you, but could I also get a copy emailed to me at kimbmagee@yahoo.com?
Thanks in advance for taking the time and effort to do this. You're awesome.
Kim Magee from Little Rock, AR
QUESTION: What kind/size of envelope did you use to mail them?

Becca said...

Consider it done :) Thank you...I am working on a new template for this invitation since it seems to not be working for so many.

ryanngeer23 said...

Hi Becca! These are beautiful invitations! Once you designed the template for the backpack, did you use the template to trace each backpack?

Becca said...

Yes, I did use the template to trace each backpack. Took a little bit of time, but I think it was worth it. Thank you so much!

April said...

Hi Becca...these invites are sooo cute!! I'd love to use them for my daughters 2nd birthday. She loves Dora. Would it be possible for you to send me the template you used? Or direct me where to find one you may have posted?
Thanks so much!!! prshy82@sbcglobal.net

Alma Ramos said...

hi!! very cute invites!! do you mind emailing me the template please!!! thanks so much
la_blackie@hotmail.com

Taylor Thompson said...

Everyone LOVES this ande I know why!!! So cute! Definitely a must for my daughters Dora adventure party... Did you print ON the cardstock or did you glue it? Also, how did you mail them?? Please email me a template also! atbathompson@gmail.com

Thank you soooo much! Youre so artistic!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Hi there! I just found your fabulous site and am in need of Dora backpack invites...Do you still have a template available? I would love a chance to make these :)

Thanks so much,

Lina

linamibarra@hotmail.com

Ashley said...

Looks like you have a hit on these invites..... They are so adorable! I am sure it took you a lot of time to do this. Would you mind sending me the template also? I am sorry to be a bother but once I saw these I knew this was the perfect touch for a special 3rd birthday. What did you do on the cake? I have a few ideas going through my head but bc you are so talented just thought I would ask. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us, I am sure they appreciate it as much as I do. God Bless!
Ashley
ashleyortega87@hotmail.com

Becca said...

Ashley,
Thank you so much! They do take a little bit of time, but I think they were worth it ;)
If you click on the above picture it will take you to a printable PDF file. Also I have a new free template tab at the top of the page and the Dora birthday stuff is on the list :)

Danielle Mizzoni said...

Wow you did such an amazing job.. I want to have a Dora bday party for my daughter who is going to be 3 in July. Is there any way you can make those and I can pay you for them? My email address is dmm727@aol.com
That would be soo awesome!
Thanks,
Danielle

Becca said...

Danielle,
Thank you so much. Sadly I have a lot of projects I'm working on right now and I am not be able to take on any more projects at this time. I am VERY flattered that you would let me make them for you :)

melly said...

Love it...am doing those invitations now for the 4rd birthday of my daughter there cute and thanks for the idea :-)

Anonymous said...

Where were you able to find the purple cardstock? I'm having trouble finding it, these are awesome by the way! THANK YOU!!!

Becca said...

Thank you so much. I got card stock at our local UPS Store. We also have a Kelly Paper where you can find any color card stock. I'd check out those or your local craft store. Hope you can find some :)

lori said...

Hi Becca, i have a little girl shes going to be 3 in oct.and I loved the backpack invitation that you made. But I am having a hard time printing or copying your template. like i tryed copying but it comes out to small and i tryed printing but it comes out oversize. Is there a way you can email me the template? lori_green10@yahoo.com please and thank you so much

Judy said...

Hi Becca! I'm having the same problem with the template, I've pasted it on word but is still coming out too small. I'm sorry to bother you but could you e-mail it to me? It's jumar711@gmail.com. Thank you so much and God bless you for your help to everyone here.

Becca said...

Hi Lori and Judy. I don't have the dora backpack template saved on my computer anymore- but if you click on the "FREE TEMPLATE" tab at the top of my blog and click on the "DORA BACKPACK TEMPLATE" tab under the listed templates it will take you to a PDF FILE that you can download to your computer and print. I really hope that helps you both out. And good luck making them - I think they are so cute :D Thank you both!

Lori said...

hey Becca, it did work this time thanks so much:):) and i also i have one more question the face part how do i do that or can i use the shape of the one on the template? haa i know they are really cute. and no lol its more like thank you so much again: xD

Becca said...

I'm so glad it worked for you. What I did was I printed the finished one under the free templates and used it as my guide. It's the same size as the template. I'd cut out the eyes and trace them onto white card stock. And repeat that with the mouth and eyebrows.

lori said...

thanks i just tryed it thanks soo much it works :):) i just made 2already your a nice person before i comment you i had comment an other lady but he had told me no soo i wan to thank you again so much your the best! i have a good night and also one more question again sorry but do u do other thing like this ? and maybe games? like wht else you make?

Becca said...

Thank you Lori! I do make things here and there. I keep the blog updated - just click on the "Home" tab and it'll take you to the recent posts :) new projects will come up every now and than - thanks for asking!

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for posting the template! Worked great! Was so excited to make these I made them all in 1 sitting which took a very long time but I love them!!!! Thanks again!

Becca said...

So glad they worked out for you and that you love them!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello I'm new here - lookn' for ideas for my 3 year old's party in July - wanting to start early. Is there any way you could send the Dora backpack invitatation template to me? You can email it to savingmore@aol.com. Thanks so much!

Becca said...

If you click on the Dora Backpack template under the free template tab at the top of my website it'll provide you with a PDF file you can download :)

Karen said...

Best Idea EVER!!! my daughter is turning 3 in Sept 2012 i am starting to plan now cause she wants "the best dora birthday ever" it is the first thing she has ever asked me for....so i plan to give it to her. thanks sooo much for posting this.... i am amazed at how talented u are!!! she couldnt beleieve when i told her "baclpack " was inviting her friends

Becca said...

I'm so glad it helped you with your daughter's birthday Karen!! :) Thank you!

Missy312 said...

Thank you so much, my daughter is having her 2nd birthday & she loves Dora, i'm not crafty at all but wanted to do something special for my daughter. The template you provided is such a relief, I think I can do it :) Do you have any templates on the dora favor bag? if so e/mail me @ msmosley312@aol.com. I will accept any helpful information

Becca said...

I'm sorry I don't have a template for the goodie bags. For the dora one I just used the same eyes and mouth as the invite. I just pasted rectangles on the front and back of a paper bag. Yep, it's a paper bag- redesigned ;) I taped triangles to the sides of the bag to hold it's shape and glued a small square over the top opening. For the boys bag I just fiddled around with the mouth and eyes till it looked right and used orange paper. Hope that helps. Thank you so much!

Kelly Stangl said...

Hey Becca, we're needing to print the template of this. However we went to the Free Template Tab on here and clicked on the link, it took us to the Adobe site and we'd have to pay $20 to download the adobe product. Is there any way that you can email it to me at kellystangl@ymail.com
Thank you!! Please let me know!

Becca said...

Aw man! They must have changed their website. It was free for the past year or so. I'm not sure where I have this template stored since this post is quite a few years old. But the last picture on this post (the black and white) is the exact template that I used. If you print it out to the size of standard printer paper and cut on the solid line you will have the template. Hope that helps! Good luck with your party!

Tiffany said...

I'm so excited that I found this post! I'm working on Backpack invitations for my daughters party and was trying to figure out how to make it work. I think you just saved me a lot of trouble and wasted supplies. Thank you SO much for having the idea first and going through with it! haha

kimberlytorres said...

can you please email me
jimenezkim63@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love the template. Trying to print for my baby girls 2nd bday, but it won't let me. Could you please send it to my email. Mtrujillo8204@yahoo.com. . Thanks

Anonymous said...

I love this template. But for some reason when I try to print it's not letting me. I'm trying to make these invitations for my daughters 2nd bday. Will u you be able to email me this template...... Please. .. mtrujillo8204@yahoo.com

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