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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  1. joey Member
    joey 1078 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:09 pm

    I still need to do this or come up with something.

  2. cloud Member
    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 1:11 pm

    It looks like you spent a LOT longer on it then that! Turned out wonderfully!

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    Curlysue 1703 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:11 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that idea. Will make a note. My wedding is still just over a year away so I haven’t even thought about what I want, but you are right, sometimes it’s better to keep it simple and not try to reinvent the wheel. Smart woman!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:12 pm

    I think we’re going to do the card box out of picture frames. I’ve seen a lot of pictures online, and FI is willing to do all the drilling and putting together.

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    beagle 1381 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:13 pm

    I love the ruffled edges! I think it looks great! I’m still trying to come up with an idea for our card box.

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    dachshund 291 posts, Helper bee @ 1:15 pm

    Your cardbox came out really nice! It looks like it was pretty easy, too. I haven’t even started thinking about our cardbox, but I might use this as inspiration and cover it in some of our leftover fabric.

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    Sarah, Guest @ 1:16 pm

    A box from a bottle of whiskey, an old Lindt Christmas box I’ve had for ages, and the box our thank you envelopes came in. Recycling!

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    star 659 posts, Busy bee @ 1:18 pm

    It came out great!

    And I can’t believe you bought that cake stand…just wait! 😉

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    His Barista 5841 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:20 pm

    It’s so adorable! It looks like you spent a lot more time on it! = )

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    stiletto 903 posts, Busy bee @ 1:21 pm

    Thanks, ladies! I pretty much had to knock myself over the head and say “it doesn’t matter.” It’s a box going in a dimly lit room that people will look at for like 1 minute…and, from not really caring come something kinda cute 😉

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    slicey19 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:24 pm

    um, that is an awesome card box and it looks so professional, I can’t believe it was so simple…if only I had a hat box and some great fabric I would do the same.

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:24 pm

    looks adorable. love the ribbon!it really pops against the other fabric. great job!

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    Gilneas 1393 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:32 pm

    Love the slight gathering at the edges! Nice job!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:42 pm

    Adorable! I love they way this turned out :)

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    Muffet 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:54 pm

    Genius! It’s so cute! I’m trying to cover a cigar box to serve the same purpose – I’m going to borrow your ribbon idea to cover the edges and hide my terrible cutting job! Thanks!

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    stiletto 903 posts, Busy bee @ 1:56 pm

    @Muffet: Ha! Mr. S said I didn’t need the ribbon…and I’m like, umm, you can see cardboard along the edges 😉 The ribbon was a most necessary addition!

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    lemondrop 1198 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:57 pm

    That is just beautiful!

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    kjpugs 1813 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:33 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! I think I’ll be using a birdcage.

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:38 pm

    SO CUTE! I just discovered a few week a go that we were going to need a card box lol – I haven’t decided but your is def a cute inspiration 😉

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:00 pm

    So pretty! =D I love your idea, and it looks absolutely beautiful!

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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. :)

  24. flamingo Member
    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:05 pm

    love it!

  25. labrador Member
    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!

  26. msbuttons Member
    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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