June 30, 2014

How to Make Pinterest-worthy Moving Announcements

My friend gave us an adorable moving announcement months ago.  I don't know where she got the idea but it was cute and creative and like nothing I'd seen before.  I decided that for this move, I'd actually send out our address to friends and family.  I haven't done that since 2009. I put little slips of paper with our first address in Alaska into our wedding thank-you notes (that I hand-wrote myself and had mailed within 3 weeks of our wedding…I wrote them in the hotel rooms at night as we trekked our way up the Alaska-Canadian highway.  I'm very proud of this.)

But this move, I was going to get it right.  Never mind the fact that we'd been at two other addresses since then.  This time would be different.

You'll need:
Vellum paper (I found it on Amazon)
Colored paper or card stock
A pin or small hole-punch (I originally used a regular hole punch and the hole was too big for the fasteners)
Decorative paper fasteners
An editing program like PicMonkey
Envelopes (Mine came from a stationary pack I bought at Wal-Mart once upon a time)

I could do a fancy step by step tutorial but, let's face it, this is what the counter actually looked like as I was putting these together.

1.  Design your announcement on PicMonkey (or whatever program you choose to use).  I took a map outline from Google Images, and added some detail to it (that idea was what I definitely borrowed from the creative Kayla)

2.  Print it onto your vellum.

3.  Cut card stock to fit your envelopes.

4.  Cut your vellum to fit over your card stock.  It does not have to be perfect.  I did some wavy lines, rounded corners, etc, to make them look intentionally imperfect.  It's easier that way too.  I don't have a fancy paper-cropper.

5.  Poke a hole through the vellum and card stock with a pin and then add your paper fastener.

You may wonder why I've blacked-out the zip code. Well, the 7-1-9 has a billion zip codes.  
They're pretty specific to the address.

Done!  Truth be told, I had no idea where to find vellum paper. You can find it at Wal-Mart, but that's pretty hit or miss.  It's cheaper at Wal-Mart, but the quality of what I found on Amazon was better.
They had it at Michael's too, but it was about 50 cents per sheet.  I got a pack of 50 for $15 on Amazon.

This project probably cost $30, in addition to the envelopes that I had already.  However, you'd probably pay at least $30 to have professional moving announcements printed up, and now I have supplies left over for another project if I ever happen to feel crafty again.  (This doesn't happen very often.)


  1. Those turned out cool! I really like the arrows that show the progression of homes! And I admire your craftiness--I have every intention of sending out a mass email with our address when we find out what our new one is!

    Also, I have to brag a little...either that or confess how crazy we were. We got married on a Saturday, opened all of our presents Saturday night, spent a lot of Sunday writing thank you cards (who spends their first day of marriage writing thank you cards?), mailed them out on Monday, and people were calling us by Friday, utterly shocked that they'd already gotten their thank-you cards. Apparently it was very important to me to be excessively prompt.

  2. I definitely plan to send moving announcements since this is our first home! I love your DIY and think they're so cute with the states and arrows. Also, I would be proud of getting wedding thank-you cards out in three weeks! I got mine out in that time BUT I wasn't doing this out of a hotel. I have friends that never sent thank-yous at all, and that seriously irritates me.

  3. How cute! I always order mine from vista print because I manage to only pay for shipping haha.

  4. Super cute idea! One day, if you continue to move, you should do a map on the wall to document all your places of residence :)

  5. these are SOOOO cute!! i love them! impressed :)

  6. Wow!! I really like how these turned out :) Those envelopes are so cute, so great you saved them! All of the arrows to different places are my favorite part.

  7. I can vouch first-hand that these were adorable and the perfect way to hand out your new address! :)

  8. They look great! Very professional!

    We moved last August and I never sent out updated address information. I'm lazy, I guess.

    What show are you watching? Because I totally work in my kitchen and watch TV on my iPad, too.


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