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Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation Editing Tutorial

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I get so many emails and questions about how to edit my Very Hungry Caterpillar party invitation free printable that I posted for our son’s first birthday. So many, in fact, that I decided to just do this quick post on how to use PicMonkey (have you heard of this site? It’s a no-download, super easy to use editing software that I, and so many other bloggers, can’t live without!) to create your own party invitation.

Check out our Very Hungry Caterpillar party posts (the second part is here) and the free printable for the Thank You cards (and VHC photo shoot) are here too. The picture we’re using for this editing tutorial is from Sebastian’s 2nd Disney Planes birthday. Crazy how much he’s grown in a year, right?

Anyway… here we go…

How to edit Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invite:

1. Open your image using the EDITING selection. Go to and, using the EDIT selection at the top, open the picture you want to use in your invitation. You won’t need to set up an account, although you might get as addicted as I am, so you might as well…

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation Editing Tutorial

2. Select the FRAMES tool – the 6th selection down, shown as a frame – and use the first tool, Shape Cutouts. In our case, we’re using a circle, so choose that. Move the circle to fit over your baby’s portrait. You can resize the shape by using the slider. IMPORTANT note: The Transparent background tab is automatically selected. Keep it that way! The background of grey/white grid will not be visible when you open your file again. The grid is just a way for you to see what is transparent. Save the file to your desktop.

*PicMonkey recently added the Shape Cutout tool and it’s so awesome! At the time that I made this invite, I had to go through a much longer process to get a circle cutout. I can’t wait to play with all the other shapes!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation Editing Tutorial

3. Open the Free Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation Template using the Editing selection. At this point you can make sure the invitation is sized the way you want it. You can also use PicMonkey to add your party details. For our VHC party invitation, I used PicMonkey’s fonts called AMATIC SMALL CAPS and BACKSPACER.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation Editing Tutorial

4. Upload Custom Photo Overlay onto your VHC invitation and place within the negative space of the O. After you’ve open your invitation file, choose the OVERLAY tool (the 5th tool down). You will be uploading your own overlay, so choose the YOUR OWN box at the top. When prompted, choose the circle portrait file you created in the earlier steps. Position the overlay where you want it. Use the corners of the overlay to resize it as needed.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation Editing Tutorial

And there you have it! PicMonkey makes it really easy to create and edit our own invitations, with our imagination being the only restriction.

I hope you enjoy our Very Hungry Caterpillar Party invitation! You can also check out our VHC Thank You cards that were cute on the goodie bags. It’s hard to believe that this same baby boy will be three soon! He’s inching along nicely 🙂

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation Editing Tutorial

As always, shoot me a message with any questions! If you’re having trouble downloading the invitation file, please email me using the contact form above as it’s easiest (and quickest!) for me to just forward you the file from there.

All the best,


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