January 26, 2012

Ninja Birthday Party, Part II ~
Scrolled Invitation Tutorial

For my purposes, it's a Ninja Party Invitation, but these easy-to-make scroll invitations are perfect for any occasion!  Whether you're planning a party for a princess, a pirate, or a Kung Fu Panda, guests will delight in receiving their invitation in the form of a parchment scroll.

For the layout of these invitations, I used the same little Ninja figure that I had created for the Ninja Water Bottle Wraps (pictured below). 

I downloaded several free Asian-themed fonts from Dafont.com. I've uploaded a fill-in version of the invitation for you to use below. You will need to have the following fonts installed for the invitation to print with the stylized fonts, rather than the plain ones shown below:  Kingthings Conundrum, Karate, Last Ninja, and Shanghai.  Once your fonts are installed, download the document in MS Word format from the link below.

Fill-in Invitation HERE 

Important Note: The invitation is in Word, so the fonts won't translate unless you have them installed. You can get the fonts that you need -- Karate, Last Ninja, Kingthings Conundrum and Shanghai -- for free from Dafont.com.

Scroll Invitation DIY

8 1/2" x 11" Paper printed with invitation information
(I used an antique parchment finish paper from Wausau)
1/4" wooden dowels (buy one one-yard dowel for every two scrolls)
(mine were purchased at Michael's Crafts)
Small hand saw
sand paper
black spray paint
hot glue gun
beads (4 per scroll)

Step 1:  Cut the dowels down to size by marking 9" segments with the pencil.  Cut with the hand-saw, then sand the rough edges. Finally, lay the dowels out on a sheet of newspaper outdoors and spray paint.  Once paint dries, flip the dowels and paint the opposite side.

 Step 2:  Print invitations.  Leave 1 1/2" margins on the left and right.

Step 3:  Apply a line of hot glue down the left and right borders of the invitation.

Step 4:  Immediately set dowels in place, centered so that the dowel sticks out a 1/4" from both the top and bottom.

Step 5:   Run a line of hot glue down one side of the invitation, about 1" from the edge.  Carefully roll the scroll till it meets the hot glue.  Repeat with other side.

Step 6:  Use hot glue to affix beads to the ends of each dowel.

Step 7:  Roll scrolls and tie with ribbon.

Coming Next...Fleece Ninja Buddies


  1. You ARE amazing, Jenn. These are adorable. I'm trying to talk a friend's little boy into having a ninja party, just so we can make these.

  2. My little Ninja would totally love this party. We've been busy celebrating Chinese New Year this week and your special invitations are just fabulous.

  3. This is so awesome! I'm bookmarking this post... my little ninja's birthday is in the summer. And these are SUCH cute ideas!!

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Jan. 27, 2012. Thanks again.

  5. nice post


  6. This blog is great source of information which is very useful for me. Thank you very much.


  7. I love this idea and want to use the cocept for my sons graduation. Any ideas about how to mail them out?

  8. I love this idea and want to use this concept for my sons graduation invitations. Any ideas about how to mail them though?

  9. I am so glad I came across this! My son is having a Ninja party at his Dojo in two weeks, and I am on my way to making these amazing invites! Thanks for sharing your genius!

  10. Love this idea and I am going to use your invites for my 5 year olds party. I noticed that your water bottle lable link is not working. Could you send me the file so I can use it as well since it matches.

    Thanks in advance,

  11. thank you SO much! we are using this for our son's 10th birthday party next month

  12. I think this is such an awesome idea for invites, unfortunately when I try to download the template it looks nothing like your photos :( would you possibly be able to send me the template so I can make these for my sons birthday party?


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