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Vienna - The Scroll in a Box Invitation

Free Downloadable Word Templates

Ingredients List

Full Instructions

Options for this invitation

Two templates are required to make this invitation; the manuscript invitation and the reply sheet. Invitation templates are available in 3 formats in either formal or informal wording. A 'personalised' invitation is where you can type in your guests names. An 'open' invitation has a line for you to handwrite the names once you have printed the invitation. A 'cordial' invitation is where no guests names are used (this is handy if you want spares to send out at the last minute!).

Choose from either formal or informal versions of the invitation template - and with or without the RSVP address - which means you wouldn't need the reply sheets as well and can save time and cost.

To download, follow these instructions:

  1. Right click on the blue arrow icon (left of the template title that you want) and select 'save target as'.
  2. Choose where you want to save it to, click save and away you go.
  3. Each template will only take a few seconds to download.

To use the template once you have downloaded it:

  1. Double click the template icon and Microsoft Word will open and show the invitation template.
  2. All the templates are saved in the font 'Arial' as this is common to the majority of PC's. Just change the names, dates, venue etc. to suit by selecting the text and typing over it. If you want to change the font, just highlight/select the text and choose another font. If you change the font, you may need to change the size to make it fit properly and look good.
  3. Print on A4 size test paper - you may need to make minor adjustments for the margins to fit your printer but we have created the templates with the majority of settings in mind - so most of you shouldn't have too many problems.
Replies (formal) A4 personalised invite formal A4 personalised invite informal
Replies (informal) A4 personalised invite formal (with rsvp) A4 personalised invite informal (with rsvp)
  A4 cordial invite formal A4 cordial invite informal
  A4 cordial invite formal (with rsvp) A4 cordial invite informal (with rsvp)
  A4 open invite formal A4 open invite informal
  A4 open invite formal (with rsvp) A4 open invite informal (with rsvp)

Vienna Recipe & Instructions

Makes 20 invitations (covers approximately 35 guests)

Ingredients List
2 packs
Wooden Vienna Boxes
2 packs
Vienna Postal Boxes
2 packs
Parchment Paper - choose a style & colour
1 bag
Real Freeze Dried Rose Petals
Wax Seal - choose a design
Wax Sticks - choose a colour
Ink Pad - choose a colour
Rubber Stamp - choose a design
24 metres
Ribbon - choose your own from a local store (116cms per invitation)
Stick of beeswax - only required if you're really fussy to stop the ink bleeding slightly on the top of the box.
You will also need:
Access to a computer and printer, a lighter/matches, a pair of scissors, a tape measure or ruler, a small bowl with an ice cube! (no kidding - it comes in handy!), Masking tape/Selotape - preferably in a dispenser - or get a volunteer to cut pieces as you need them!

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Full Instructions:

  1. Print your invitation onto an A4 (single) sheet of paper (free Word templates downloadable from the top of this page).

  2. Print your reply so that 2 fit onto 1 sheet of A4 paper (free Word templates downloadable from the top of this page).

  3. Cut the replies in half so each one is A5 in size (a guillotine provides the best finish - but scissors are fine if you're careful!)

  4. If you want to use the beeswax - rub the top middle section of each wooden box with the wax stick - this should cover the area where your rubber stamp will be.

  5. Cut your ribbon into the following lengths:
    For the invitation scroll 20 x 30cms
    For the reply scroll 20 x 25cms
    For the box 20 x 61cms

  6. Assemble the postal boxes if you are using them.

  7. Tie the invitation ribbon lengths around something like a broom handle - or something with a diameter of about 22mm. Trim the ends at an angle.

Fiddly Bits

  1. Stamp the rubber stamp motif onto the top centre of your invitation and reply scrolls - practice first to make sure you know where the middle is - how much ink to use, and how hard to press.

  2. Do the same as i) but on the lid of the wooden box. Leave these to dry for about an hour....the lid of the box will remain slightly tacky if you used the beeswax - don't worry about it - just don't smudge them!

  3. Roll each invitation scroll (start rolling from the bottom of the invitation with it face up) so that it's small enough to slide into your ties - it will expand to fit the tie as you let go.

  4. Now roll up the replies as above - but as tight as you can. You'll need a friend here - so get someone to hold each reply scroll as you tie the ribbon around it. Try one first - when you've done it - it should slide inside the invitation scroll. If it didn't - do it again - but roll tighter!

  5. Place a scroll set into a wooden box along the top edge with the ribbon ties lying along the top of the scroll. Add a pinch of rose petals - enough to fill the space left in the box. Put the lid on the box. Now do the others

  6. Take a length of box ribbon. Place one end where the centre of the wooden box is - along the join of the base and the lid. Use a piece of tape to secure it about an inch from the end. Keep it taut and wrap it around the box so that the other end overlaps the start point slightly. Use another piece of tape to secure this side. Do this with all of them.

  7. Practice a couple of times lighting the wax stick - drip about 10 drips, then take the wax seal (make sure it's the right way up) impress the left side of the seal into the left edge of the melted wax - roll it to the right. Practice will result in the best seals! NOTE - you will never get a perfect seal - this is done by hand and you will always have a wobbly, unsymmetrical finish - this is normal and authentic.

  8. Now do it for real on top of the ribbon joins. TIP - when you finish each one - place the wax seal on top of your ice cube - this will keep it cool and stop it sticking. As you take it off the ice cube - dab it on some tissue to take of any excess water.

  9. Remove the pieces of tape.

  10. Insert into your postal boxes and write the addresses.

Hey presto - fabulous invitations that you did yourself - and you will not believe the number of compliments you will get about them!

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Other things you can do with this invitation

Silk paintings look amazing - they do take time but if you're an arty type, give it a go. You can buy silk, gutta, pins, brushes, silk paint and frames from most art shops. Set up a frame and draw hearts or stars with the gutta, leave to dry, then paint. Cut the silk into mini pictures and use double sided tape to stick them to the top of the boxes, then outline with gutta.

Colour the wooden boxes - from top to bottom

  1. White - Use liming wax then buff.

  2. Gold - Spray with gold spray paint.

  3. Pink/Peach, Blue, Lilac - Stain the box with a coloured wood dye (Liberon brand recommended). Leave to dry then apply a top coat of liming wax and buff for a soft pastel finish.

Use different fillings:

  1. Add star confetti in with the rose petals.

  2. Use gold/silver sugared almonds, chocolate dragees or hearts.

  3. For Christmas themes, fill with mini gold bells, cloves, cinnamon sticks & baby fir cones.

  4. For Halloween use plastic spiders with orange & black jelly beans.

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