Thursday, March 5, 2015

DIY {Wedding Card Box}

This DIY post has been in the making for so long that I'm pretty sure the couple I made this for is getting ready to celebrate their one year 6 month anniversary.

This box is pretty simple to make and decorate and although I made it to hold cards for a wedding reception, it could easily be used for a variety of things. I think it would be a neat place to keep all the cards you got even years after you've been married. You never know when you'll want to re-read the advice wise Aunt Eda wrote on her card.

This box would also make a great gift for a girlfriend getting married as these things can be pretty pricey on ETSY and you can totally customize it to her wedding colors.

What You'll Need:
-wood, cut to your determined measurements (mine we're 12in x 16in)
-nail gun or hammer and nails
-acrylic craft paint for the overall color
-acrylic craft paint for the writing (different color)
-hot glue
-decorative pieces

Begin by nailing together your wood for the sides and bottom or in my case asking the husband to do it. Don't have a hubby or yours isn't handy? Don't worry, you can totally do this. Lowes or Home Depot will even cut the wood for you.

Because my husband likes taking over my DIY projects, he speckled and sanded down the nail holes, but this step isn't necessary if you use tiny nails and make sure to hammer them all the way down.

Next, get out your paint and paint the entire thing, and then give it one more coat once the first coat is completely dry. 

Next, take your ribbon and wrap it around the outside of the box leaving 1 to 1 1/2 in. of extra fabric at the end. Secure the ribbon to itself with a drop of hot glue and then use a drop of hot glue to secure the ribbon to the box. I chose to center the ribbon down just a little bit so I had more room to write the word 'cards.'

Decide which decorations you want to use and remove any backing on them that might cause them not to lay flat on the box. I got these adorable burlap type flowers from Michaels.

And I cut off the ties off with scissors.

Secure the flowers to the box with hot glue and then write the word 'cards' on your box, which sounds a little easier than it actually was. I traced the word lightly with pencil and then went over it with paint. I messed up a few times and waited for the white to dry completely before going over it with a coat of grey and re-writing the word.

Place a card inside the box and hand it over to the bride who I'm sure will love it!

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.
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