How to Make Wedding Invitations with Lokta Ties

For easy instructions how to make wedding invitations with lokta ties, view our video tutorial and step-by-step illustrated guide below. These diy invitations were designed for ease of use with our free invitation templates and premium invitation supplies, no special software or equipment is required. Components include a pre-cut heavyweight background cards, printable overlay, lokta cord and envelopes. Helpful tips:

  • Put together a couple of invitations from start to finish, the first few will always take much longer until you are familiar with the process.
  • Setup your workspace as an assembly line process: complete a step for all of your invitations before moving on the to next step. If you have help, assign a step (or steps) to to one person. For example one person attaches all overlays to background cards, one person attaches the embellishments, one person addresses, stuffs and seals the envelopes.
wedding invitations with lokta tie

wedding invitations with lokta tie

Items you will need

heavyweight background card, printable overlay, invitation envelope, pencil, paper trimmer or paper cutter, ruler or paper guide, lokta cord and micro hole punch

Time to Assemble 1 1/2 minute each, plus printing and cutting all of the overlays, which takes typically 1/2 to 1 hour

Download Free Wedding Invitations Template

Click to download our free wedding invitation templates, which are formatted in a table as shown. The text will be printed or copied onto 8.5"x11" overlay paper, the standard sized sheets are provided for ease of printing (small pre-cut overlays would be difficult to setup and feed correctly). Each sheet will provide four 4.25"x5.5" overlays, as detailed in the following steps.

change template text
print on overlay paper
cut overlay in half
cut overlay paper with trimmer

Change Text and Font

Change wedding invitations wording as desired and experiment with different typefaces to get the look you want. Insert beautiful vintage invitation clip art for a personal touch. The template is setup for 11 lines of text using 29pt line spacing...the first line is blank to adjust for the embellishments requiring holes. You may need to make adjustments depending on length of wording and the embellishment chosen. When finished, copy and paste the text into the other three table cells.

Print onto Overlay

Print on test paper before printing on the overlay. Make sure you have several people proofread your text and cut the test paper in half both ways to make sure it is centered. Print on overlay's when you are sure everything is correct. We recommend purchasing water resistant ink jet ink or using a laser printer or copier, for better durability.

Cut Overlay with Paper Cutter or Trimmer

After you have finished printing, you will need a paper trimmer or paper cutter to cut the overlay in half vertically and horizontally. If you are using a cutter, cut the paper 5.5" from the edge of the longer side, then again at 4.25" from the edge (longer side up). If you are using a paper trimmer, mark the overlay with a pencil using the lines on our paper guide at the top and sides or measure 5.5" down from the long side and 4.25" from the short side. Starting with the long side up, match up the pencil line with the guide marks on the trimmer. You can cut two sheets of the 65# overlay or three sheets of the vellum at a time. Mark the cut sheets on top and bottom with a pencil using the paper guide or measure 4.25" from the edge and make the final cut.

punch holes in cards
feed lokta through holes and tie
unwrap ends
trim ends

Punch Holes in Background Card

Line up background cards and our yellow paper guide to punch two holes or use a pencil and mark 1 1/4″ down from top and 2 3/8″ in from each side punch holes in overlay

Punch Holes in Overlay

Line up overlay cards and our yellow paper guide to punch two holes (hold up to light to view marks) or use a pencil and mark 1/2″ down from top and 1 7/8″ in from each side. measure and cut lokta Attach Lokta Ties Cut a 4- 5″ piece of lokta cord (or the width of the background card). Lokta is handmade by soaking inner bark of lotka shrub, hammered into pulp then spread into thin sheets, it is dried by the sun and hand-rolled into cording. We provide about 30% more cord that needed to allow for variations.

Feed both ends of the lokta cord in each hole from the back to the front.

Gently make a simple tie.

Gently untwist the ends to start the leaf shape.

Gently spread the lokta paper to complete the leaf shape Trim the ends if necessary.

Assembling and Addressing Wedding Invitations

We recommend handwriting the addresses to your guests on the front of envelopes for a personal touch, and using our easy-to-print return address envelope labels on the back of envelopes, which double as a seal. The envelope is addressed with the guest’s full name and address, avoid using abbreviations for streets and cities. The return address should be on the back flap of the outer envelope. When assembling your invitations, the reply card with stamped envelope or reply postcard should be on top, then the reception card, then the invitation. Use an envelope seal for an elegant touch.

Mailing your Wedding Invitations

Before stamping, bring a sample of the completed invitations to the post office to determine the correct postage. Invitations should be mailed four weeks before your wedding or six weeks for out-of-town guests or if your wedding falls near a holiday.

Order Invitations with Lokta Ties

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