DIY Vintage Save-the-Date

I am beyond thrilled to be a guest blogger for Brides Magazine today! This save-the-date project I created is so easy, it almost feels wrong! With the same concept, you can make menus, escort cards and place cards stamped on nearly anything. Think vintage hankies, napkins, kraft paper, … any flat surface will do (be sure to buy metal/glass ink pad if you’re stamping on hard surfaces).

With a stamp kit from Staples (about $25 with ink pad), I created this simple save-the-date card using vintage postcards I found on eBay. Craigslist is a magical place for postcard lots if you have time and patience to wait for a local listing. There you can find large lots for next to nothing!

Alternating between the large and the small fonts, I placed the letters on the stamp with the help of the tweezers that come with it. Luckily, you only place the letters once – once that’s ready it’s a breeze! You can also use the smaller stamp for your return address on the envelopes. It will match the font on the save-the-dates and give a crisp vintage vibe! See the entire blog post here.

And while we’re at it, stay tuned for our second annual DIY Contest — coming soon!

  1. I got this stamp pad for my birthday back in March and I adore it! I love this idea and will have to use it on the next occasion I use invitations.

  2. LOVE this! What an awesome idea. (And, diggin’ the Mitten shout-out – Mackinac is a delightful place to get tie the knot!)

  3. I am doing something very similar! Except I found public flickr albums of collectors who scanned their vintage postcards. I made a template in ms word, so the front and backs would line up, then printed on perforated card stock. They look real, for anyone who is having a hard time finding enough cards or wants a cheaper solution. 🙂

    Great idea for the stamp! I was quite ambitious and thought I could hand write them all, but that didn’t last long. I quickly added a typed message in a handwriting font I found online.

  4. I absolutely love this idea…I am definitely doing this for my save the dates! I have taken a picture from google images and made it look vintage using photoshop (found how to do this online also). Instead of using a stamp, I have found a great font that looks just as effective – CourierPS 🙂

  5. What a great idea! Just goes to show that with a little bit of imagination and creativity you will not only save money for your wedding but also be original. Fantastic!