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As I mentioned last week, I already knew I wanted my Wedding Welcome Cards to be on deckle edge paper.  If you aren’t familiar, this is when the paper has a torn edge. I knew I wanted the look but I also knew I didn’t want to pay the price of deckled edge paper!

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Step 1: Print Welcome Cards on Heavy Cardstock

handmade paper

I purchased a pack of cardstock on Amazon and printed my cards right at home.

TIP: Before you print, add lines where you want the deckled edge to be! I did not do this and ended up having to mark each Welcome Card.  If you add lines, you can skip Step #2!

Step 2: Mark Edge

If you followed my tip from Step #1, you can skip this step! Since I didn’t print my cards with any marked lines, I wanted to add a couple.  Using a ruler, I measured where my content was the longest to see how much I could take off each side.  Once I had a measurement, I did 4 tick marks down each side.  I did not measure for the top and bottom.  These sides were so short after I ripped off the long sides that I trusted myself to keep my lines relatively straight!

faux deckled edge

For reference: The main Welcome Cards (with the timeline), I marked at 3.5 cm and 18 cm to take off 3.5cm on each side.  I wanted my cards to be slightly different sizes, so for the Recommendations List, I measured at 4 cm and 17.5cm to take 4 cm off each side.

Step 3: Wet the Paper

I dipped my paint brush into the water and made sure to wipe off any excess water on the side of the dish. Next, I brushed a straight line down the edge of the paper, following the lines I marked.

deckled edge

Step 4: Rip the Paper

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The first time I did this I was so apprehensive, but it really does tear perfectly! I held my ruler on the inside of the wet line and tore the paper. 

Step 5: Repeat Steps 2-4 for Remaining Sides

Finally, I repeated Steps 2-4 for the other three sides and I had my faux deckled edge!

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This DIY intimidated me at first, but honestly it was so simple to do, I semi wish I had done them for our wedding invitations and place cards too! 

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DIY Deckled Edge Paper

Build Time 5 minutes


  • Ruler
  • Paint Brush


  • Cardstock


  • Print Welcome Cards on Heavy Cardstock
  • Mark Edge
  • Wet the Paper
  • Rip the Paper
  • Repeat Steps 2-4 for Remaining Sides
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