Recycled Prom Invitations

Gabby’s prom is quickly approaching and at her school if you want to go to prom, and you’re a junior, you have to be on a prom committee. Gabby got onto the invitation/decoration committee by jumping over a desk and knocking several people out of the way of the sign up sheet. I’m not joking. Apparently, Gabby goes after what she wants. She explained that there could only be a few students on each committee and she didn’t want to get stuck on one that has to call alumni or organize food and she felt that she was one of the more “decoration” qualified so she hurtled a desk and elbowed some kids like a Wal-Mart shopper on the day after Thanksgiving. I’m kind of in awe, and kinda embarrassed. I really didn’t raise her to be so aggressive, and normally she’s a very kind person. It must have just seemed like a really vital thing at the moment. That’s what I’m telling myself.

Anyhoo . . . the prom theme is the 1950s, “Shake, Rattle & Roll” so they decided it would be cute to recycle old records and make prom invitations from them.  I helped Gabby design the labels and we had them printed on cardstock. We thought about printing them on labels, but decided that we weren’t sure how well that adhesive would hold up, and we thought rubber cement might be more “sturdy.”

We designed two labels – one to go on the A-side and one for the B-side. I just used clip art for this project and some cute fonts we downloaded.

After we printed out the labels we used a scrapbook cutter to cut out the circles. That my friend, was a pain in the ass. But for my daughter I will gladly cut out a bajillion circles if it makes her happy. The blade on my cutter was so dull by the end it was just tearing the cardstock, so I ended up hand trimming out the last bit. I suggest having extra blades if you do this yourself.

I cut while Gabby glued. We used rubber cement, like I said before, but you could use spray adhesive or even Elmer’s Glue if you wanted to.

Do not be sad about covering up old labels. Most of the records were from the 80’s, and no one really needs another copy of Wham’s, “Careless Whispers” do they?

They turned out so cute didn’t they? I think this would also work for a 50’s style birthday party. You could also save the paper sleeves that the records come in, or design your own – there’s more cutting if you do that! We didn’t use the paper sleeves because these invitations are just being handed out.  The rest of the records they are going to use as decorations – to hang on fish line etc., at the dance.


  1. Shannon / Channyne on March 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    These are great!! You did a wonderful job Mom!!

    I’m trying to pull together invites just like these for a unisex birthday party… my son will be 2 and daughter will be 1. Would you be willing to share the file with the base of your design? (template/color background/images) I would really really appreciate it!! Thx

  2. Scarlet on July 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    how did u make the record shape invitation print ???

  3. B-Movie Star on July 7, 2010 at 7:11 am

    To make the circles, I used Photoshop – but I think any graphics program would work. I measured the record with a ruler and then drew two circles that were the same size. After I had the two circles drawn, I just used some retro clip art and a bit of imagination to come up with the designs. To print ours we went to our local copy shop, because I just have an ink jet printer and I didn’t want the ink to run or smear. You could print them at home though it you wanted. You should probably print one and cut it out to make sure you have the sizing right before you print them all. I hope this helps explain the process.

  4. Curly on October 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Do you mind sharing the clip art? Or at least the exact location where you got it? I am having trouble finding those images

  5. B-Movie Star on October 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I feel bad for not mentioning this before! The clip art came from Havana Street Clip Art. They have the most awesome illustrations! Here’s the link to their website

  6. shaunta on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    hi, i love this idea. i had thought of the same thingonly for a 70’s party.i was wondering where did u find/buy the records. any help wld be greatly appreciated.

  7. B-Movie Star on January 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I bought the records at the local Goodwill. Most thrift stores have some old records – or you might check garage sales, or even buy a lot of them on Ebay or a local auction.