Jake and the Neverland Pirate Invites

My boys are obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates. So it was no surprise to me when my youngest declared that he wanted a Jake party! (Check out everything Disney on Scrap Inspired)

I knew from my experience with searching for a Jake Halloween costume that Disney hasn’t produced much product around the Jake and the Neverland Pirate brand. So this party is all on me and my creativity. (Want to see what I came up with? Check out my costume post and party game post for all the details) Thankfully there is lots of pirate stuff out there, but I for one am not willing to decorate a five year old’s birthday party with skulls and crossbones. So again, it’s going to be mostly up to me! If you’ve followed my blog for long you know that about this time each year I share with you all my preparations for my boys’ birthday parties. (Remember Mickey and Diego?) This year will be no different. I’ll share as we go. You can even follow my birthday party pinboard on Pinterest if you want to follow along as I pin ideas!

Did you see my tweet last week with this image? I like to give sneak peeks of what I’m working on through twitter. Are you a follower?

I wanted to make my invites look like an old treasure map. So paper grocery bags were the obvious choice to use as my foundation. I used the back of the bag because it didn’t have any logos printed on it. I measured the size of my envelopes (5×7) and ripped the paper to be slightly smaller.

I printed up these Jake logos that I found here. I sized each image about 1×2 inches. Sometime soon I’ll show you exactly how I adapted the original image in PSE.

 I didn’t want to hand cut each image so I searched through my punches for one that would work. I decided on this tag punch. As I punched down the line of images I discovered something fun…

The way the tag punch lined up made the image look a bit like a flag. And inspiration struck!

To create a flag pole, I grabbed a toothpick and used my scissors to snip off one end.

Then I placed the toothpick in a strip of Glossy Accents. I held it there for a few seconds to help it stick.

For the bulk of the flag I used a regular tape runner, but for the pointy ends I used Glossy Accents because that part would be attaching to the toothpick itself.

I stuck the flag to the paper and then wrapped the ends around the toothpick. And my Jake and the Neverland Pirate flag was done!

To create the X marks the spot I grabbed my red letter stickers. I mean, who doesn’t have extra capital Xs? I still didn’t have quite enough so I also pulled some pink chipboard ones and used red spray mist to alter them.

I placed my X near the bottom of the invite.

Then I added a trail of Glossy Accents.

and began pressing my bakers twine into the Glossy Accents (I get mine at The Twinery). Glossy Accents makes an excellent adhesive for this because it holds really well, and dries super clear.

Once I had the twine winding across the invite I simply snipped off the end.

And then it was time to add my wording. I couldn’t help my self, I just had to use the saying I hear nearly every day…”Yo Ho Let’s Go!” I think these Jake and the Neverland Pirate invites turned out super cute!

And here they are all together! I gotta say, I was super proud of these little babies! Now I’ve just got to get the games, goodie bags, and food figured out in the next week or so. Wish me luck! 🙂

Monica

PS If you like this post, check out more of my Disney crafting!

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16 Comments

  1. Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    You have every reason to be proud of these invites! These are fantastic, Monica! I almost squealed when I saw that first picture! Your boys have a creative genius for a mom! 🙂 I mean, paper grocery sacks for a treasure map card base?! Toothpicks for flag poles?! You’ve created a masterpiece of a birthday invite! WOW!

    • Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Thanks Melissa! You are too sweet! I just hope that creativity carries through to the rest of the party. Hard to believe it’s less than two weeks away! Eeek! Better get to work!

  2. Posted February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    These invitations are adorable and so clever! Well done Melissa!

  3. Noelle
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Love it! We will be planning a similar birthday party for my son’s fourth birthday this Summer. Anxious to see what you come up with. Good luck!

    • Posted March 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I’ll be working on it a lot this week. Got lots of details to get finalized. 🙂

  4. Kimmie
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi there, how did you mail these invitations?

    • Posted April 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      I had some leftover envelopes from some stationary I had. The envelopes were about 5×7. I made sure the invites fit inside the envelopes. Then I simply dropped them in the mail with one stamp. All of them held up fine! Hope that helps!

  5. Lorena Martinez
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    oh my gosh these are perfect for my sons party, very cute and inexpensive:) i am so making these…but what paper did you use for the jake flag? where did you purchase that glue and the punch?

    • Posted April 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Lorena! I’m so glad you like them! I’ve updated the post to include links to all the products I used. Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Anna
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Absolutely love these invites…I’m having a Jake Pirate Party for my Son who’s turning 2..Thanks for the creative inspiration 🙂

  7. AJ
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    I LOVE the invitation and can’t wait to check out the rest of your ideas.
    I was kind of freaked out when I came across this, though, as I was searching for Jake party ideas for my son Keaton’s 5th birthday! What a coincidence!

  8. yomish harbor
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Where did you find the gloss adhesive?

    • Posted February 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

      I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but you should be able to find it at any craft store.

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