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DIY Belly Band - HELP!

sdgher, on June 23, 2015 at 9:36 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 11
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Ok, has anyone made their own belly bands before? I had everything planned out, cut all the paper, scored it, thought I was on track. I went to start assembling last night and no matter what I do, I can't get them tight enough to actually hold the pages together (Invite and Info card). I did a few and the pages were just sliding around under the band, is that normal? I was so frustrated I just stopped and figured I would think about it and try again another day. I am really hoping I didn't waste all this time/money on something that isn't even going to work. Feeling really discouraged. Any advice would be super helpful! Here is a pic of what they look like (which I love - they just don't "work") The pink square is actually going to say "Raelyn & Jim" and have "08/29/15" under our names. I have a feeling the solution is just going to be to get over it and use them as is, just wondering if anyone else has done this??


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  • S
    VIP July 2015
    sdgher ·
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    FYI - pic is sideways

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  • AthenaKay
    Master June 2015
    AthenaKay ·
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    How are you putting them on? Are you folding and gluing the belly band, then sliding it over the invite?

    I had the invites all put together, then folded the belly band around it, and the last thing I did was glue the belly band together. That helped with making it tighter. Still frustrating though!

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  • S
    VIP July 2015
    sdgher ·
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    I tried both ways. The only way i can make them tight is if I actually fold the band over and then pull it and glue it so it bows, and then slide it on. But I feel like the bowing is going to go away in the mail and when people open them they are going to not be tight anymore.

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  • S
    VIP July 2015
    sdgher ·
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    Shameless bump. really looking for advice if anyone has made these

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  • MJBride
    VIP July 2015
    MJBride ·
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    Are you making them with ribbon or paper? When I did mine, I put a piece of paper on top of my invite and then wrapped the ribbon around, I used double sided tape


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  • S
    VIP July 2015
    sdgher ·
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    I am using paper. it's just cardstock that I cut to 2" strips and then i scored them and folded, secured with glue dots.

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  • Alicia B
    Expert August 2015
    Alicia B ·
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    Hey i just finished mine this past weekend!! it was tricky! i found what works best is to not score them, put the band on the invitation then flip the invitation over and use double sided tape instead of glue dots and try to get it as tight as you can without bending the invitation. some took me 3 times to unstick and restick it and try to get it tighter. i ended up bending 6 invitations but luckily had extra. just have a lot of patience!!

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  • futuremrs.l
    Super July 2015
    futuremrs.l ·
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    I used a light weight card stock also and I wrapped the belly band around the contents. Then used permanent glue dots (in the little roller like white out) and it held together quite nicely. But i have a feeling the heavier weight card stock may be your issue.

    I would just roll with it. Really if they are a bit loose are people going to notice?

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  • S
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    sdgher ·
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    Yea i have a feeling the card stock/scoring is the issue. And here I thought scoring would make it easier. Grr

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    Savvy August 2015
    Patricia ·
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    I did my own and also didn't score them. I laid the belly band on my self-healing cutting mat and centered the invitation over the belly band and folded the flaps up and used permanent glue dots to seal them then used another two glue dots to put our monogram on top. I used 65lb weight cardstock. I originally was going to use the cardstock from cards and pockets but found it way too thick to fold and hold nicely.

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  • Krista
    March 2019
    Krista ·
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    I know this is many years too late, but I just found this tip!

    Measure your invitation width, double it, and then add one more inch, so that the ends overlap. The paper has a tendency to stretch, so we like to belly band just the invitation first, and then sneak the other pieces inside so they’re snug.


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