Amber Housley

Colin’s Third Birthday Dinosaur Party Invitations


It’s hard to believe my little dude is THREE now. In February, I set about to craft up his 3rd birthday invitations. He has a big love for all your typical “boy” things lately…trucks, cars, tractors, airplanes, and of course, DINOSAURS!

Here is a glance back at when I did his first birthday invitations with the Dr. Suess theme. I’m back again with the fun Paper Source invitation boxes! This time, I used the larger A7 size in the color “Lake,” which is a nice blue color. These mailing boxes are so fun and unexpected than your traditional mailing envelope. They really stand out in your guest’s mailboxes!




Each year I like to to incorporate a photo of him with the invitation. The shirt I picked out for him to wear by chance had a number 19 on it – the same day as his birthday! I incorporated colors of blue, orange and green and fun, worn-looking fonts to play up the pre-historic theme. 

Kraft krinkle paper shred stuffing helped fill the box. Then, using a box of Melissa & Doug wooden dinosaur magnets (Colin enjoyed playing with the ‘leftovers’), I tied a tag around each one that read “Dig for all the Dino-mite Birthday Details!” This was because guests literally had to “dig” for the invitation.

Completing the design was a label address wrap that carried the dinosaur artwork and fonts to the outer box.

Believe it or not, our birthday parties are pretty low-key at home. Since we don’t go all-out for the party, I like to do something a little extra-special for the invitations. Stay tuned next week for a few little details from the birthday party!



Caryl Lyons says:

That is a really darling invitation. I love “dig” for the details. Well done!! :)

Thanks so much Caryl!

These are amazing, Amber! I love receiving fun mail :)

Thanks Elizabeth! Always extra fun to create something for my own family. :)

love the invite! and the concept…looking forward to the other details!

Thanks so much Elissa – coming up soon!

Elizabeth says:

Amber, these invites are rawr-some! ;) And I’m with Caryl – love that guests had to “dig” for the details. So cute!

Danielle Wilson says:

Hi there,
I just love your dinosuar invitations! Do you have your template or can you tell me where you got your dinosaur clip art? Love, love, love them!
Thank you:)

Thanks Danielle, these will be available soon in my Etsy shop! Check back then. :)

Erica Allen says:

Can you share where you got the boxes for the invites? I would love to make these for my soon to be 4 year old :)

Hi Erica,
You can get the boxes at Paper Source. :)

Claudia says:

Can you please tell me how you created the mailing labels. Awesome work!

Annette says:

I wish you were selling this at Etsy. We are having our son’s 1st dino-mite birthday party. I’m excited for it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work!

Hi Annette, my online shop will be opening October 4. Stay tuned! :)

Annette says:

Can you also tell me how you created the mailing labels. Thanks!

Erin says:

I would love to make these for my son for his birthday that is coming up. Is there anyway you could tell me how you did it and a supply list. Thanks so much

Hi Erin, The details of supplies are in the blog post. I hope to have these up in my shop next month. Best wishes!

Erin says:

Sorry to ask you another question but I am doing my own rendition of this great invitation. I wanted to now if you could send me a link or something as to where to find the green t-rex at the top of the invitation and the bubble with the roar! I have found some but they all have the white background and it doesn’t work on my invitation since I am doing a colored background.
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