Card Box… Complete!

Remember when I had this great DIY idea for a vintage suitcase card box? Yahhhh… my first attempt turned out so badly I couldn’t stand to snap a picture of it before it landed in the trash. So, I went with my backup plan.

When I was planning my candy buffet, I picked up this black cake stand, which happened to come in a great box. I’m not using the cake stand anymore, but it’s been sitting around my kitchen in that box. It only made sense to stop trying to think of something new and go with what works – a hat box turned card box.

Mr. S cut a slot out of the center with a box cutter, then I took some extra damask fabric I had on hand to cover the top. I didn’t have a big enough of a piece of fabric to cover the whole top, so I used two separate pieces.

I hot glued it in place on the top, then…

I flipped it over and gathered pieces, pulling the fabric tight, and glued it in place. I didn’t have the patience to try and get it smooth, so instead I pulled it so that it looked gathered around the side.

To cover up some not-so-nice edges around the slot, I glued some ribbon in place and tucked it into the underside of the lid.

The finished box! It’s simple and a little rough around the edges… but I finished it in less than an hour using materials I already had in the house.

I’m glad I ended up going with a classic idea rather than trying to reinvent the wheel for my card box – one more completed project is incredibly helpful at this stage of the game!

What are you using for the card box at your ceremony?


Mrs. Stiletto

Wedding Date:
September 2009
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    Ghenet 140 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:03 pm

    I love it! I think we’re going to use a hatbox too (it works so why not?) I love that you can customize it with fabrics.

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    shopgirl, Guest @ 3:15 pm

    I am using a vintage small square suitcase.

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    MrsWoohoo 656 posts, Busy bee @ 3:37 pm

    I love the ribbon touch. It pulls it all together nicely. :)

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    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:05 pm

    love it!

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:46 pm

    I need to get on a card box. I love how yours turned out! The original color of the damask would have been perfect with our colors!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:12 pm

    Success! I love this – it looks fabulous!

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    ms boardwalk 356 posts, Helper bee @ 11:33 pm

    i really like the damask and black ribbon. it looks so great.

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:11 am

    Great job! This looks super cute. :-)

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    ramosianchica 61 posts, Worker bee @ 11:12 am

    my niece and I worked on mine yesterday!!! This Sat.’s the big day!

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    Kelly, Guest @ 1:09 am

    Can I ask where you found the fabric? I have been looking for a pattern like that!

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    My First DIY » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 11:08 am

    [...] DIY damask card box a la Mrs. Stiletto [...]

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    cre8tive 14 posts, Newbee @ 11:08 pm

    That look great, way to be cre8tive! I think you should put the card box on top of the cake stand and add some ribbon around the edge of the cake stand or some pearls. Why not use it right?

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    amberolar 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:54 pm

    Love the idea of your cardbox! It’s gorgeous. I bought mine on She has a huge variety.

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