Homemade Card Box

While I was procrastinating on my Save The Dates, I came across this great site with some easy DIY wedding projects, called Do It Yourself Weddings. And since I think there’s nothing better than finding a great project and making it your own, I promptly bookmarked the site and ordered my fabric to make a custom card box. (For those of you that need explanation, a card box is used to store cards on the gift table, so they don’t go missing if they were just placed on the table. Plus, it makes a cute centerpiece for the table, too!)

To start this project, I ordered some fabric from Joann.com and FashionFabricsClub.com, and headed to Michaels (yet again, I swear, since this wedding planning began it hasn’t been more than 2 weeks between trips there… but I’ve finally figured out where most things are in the store!). There wasn’t much in the way of paper mache boxes at Michaels, but they did have a whole aisle of expensive-ish hat boxes. So I only bought one round hat box and headed back home to scour our garage, which is about 1/4th full of random empty boxes. I was looking for a second, smaller, round box, and two square boxes, since my plan was to do a 4 tier box that resembled a cake. You might remember this Photoshop mock up from an earlier post:

Well, I wasn’t able to find two square boxes that were the right size, so I ended up cutting up other boxes and painstakingly refolding them and taping them, so they would be the right size. I also found a small round box that was from a Victoria’s Secret Pink gift set that would work perfectly for the top layer. After hand-making the boxes I stacked them up and this is what they looked like. Not exactly the prettiest boxes, but hey, they were going to be covered!

As you can probably tell, the box that is second from the top will be where the cards go in. I cut the bottoms of the boxes out below there, leaving a small lip for gluing, so the cards will fall into the bottom box. Next, I got started on the CARDS letters, since at this point I was still waiting for my fabric to arrive. I got a purple wood paint marker from Michaels and colored the wood letters, but it didn’t turn out the right color… it was really more of a dusty pink.

So after letting the letters dry, I decided to try some dark purple glitter. Using regular scrapbooking glue, I carefully sprinkled the letters with the glitter. I had to do this in two steps, letting it dry overnight, so I was able to hold the letters without smearing the glue. Using a paper plate was super useful to catch the glitter.

After finishing the letters, it was time to start attaching the fabric to the boxes. I am NOT a fan of hot glue guns, unlike Miss Star, as I seem to get a serious burn each time I use them. And of course, this time was no different.

Using sewing pins, I started by pinning the fabric to the box, much like you would wrap a present with wrapping paper.

Then I carefully lifted up the fabric and started gluing. (all the pins sticking into the box make it look more like a torture device than a pretty card box!)

After carefully gluing the fabric to all four boxes, I had to cut out the slot for the cards, which I did with an X-Acto knife, and then pulled the flaps inside the box, using first glue and then some box tape to secure it.

This is where I got my first and worst glue gun burn, from holding the fabric around the slot. The glue squished out and gave me this on my finger:

But what could I do but continue with the ribbon! I did a strip around the top of each of the four tiers and then I thought the card slot needed something else (and cause it wasn’t quite even enough after the burn fiasco), so I did a border of ribbon around the slot, too.

I hope the slot ends up being big enough for standard sized cards. Here is a reference to the size:

Next I added some pearl stickers to the purple satin ribbon, and added the silk hydrangeas to the top of the top tier.

And finally I glued all the layers together and glued on the CARDS letters.

(Yes, that is Cat Deeley on my TV. I find that a good dose of So You Think You Can Dance and chardonnay makes any DIY project much more fun!) And here is a close up of the pretty dark purple fabric on the bottom layer, since you can’t see it very well in the above picture.

And one last shot, looking down at the box, so you can see the layers (don’t mind my table covered with wedding project crap and the glue gun extension cord!).

So there you have it, one wedding card box! And here is the breakdown of the supplies I used:

  • About 1 yard of green fabric, on sale for $24.99 a yard (I bought more because I’ll be using it on another project.
  • Light Orchid 3/4″ ribbon, $1.99
  • Sparkle Crepe Floral Eggplant fabric, $4.95 a yard
  • 3 yards of 1/2″ Taffeta ribbon, $0.45 a yard
  • 1 yard of Purple Crinkled Chiffon, $4.75 a yard
  • Ultra Fine Transparent Glitter in Purple Passion, $4.40
  • 1 package of pearl stickers, $4.87
  • 1 round hat box, $12.99
  • Wood letters, $0.99 each
  • Wood marker, $3.99
  • Silk hydrangeas, $7.99 for package of 6 bunches
  • Scissors, already had
  • Glue gun and glue, already had
  • Other boxes, already had

Grand total = $77.22

However, I do have a lot of fabric left over. Since I wasn’t really sure how much I’d need I just bought in full yards. I also have a lot of orchid ribbon, stickers and glitter left over, but am counting the full price I paid for everything here. And of course, if I’d chosen cheaper green fabric, or done it with wrapping paper, this project would have been a lot less expensive, too. But I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Are you planning to make a card box or other type of container to hold your cards?

(all photos in this post were taken by me)


Mrs. Cola

Mountain View, CA
Wedding Date:
June 2010
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    D.Marie 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:29 pm

    Its beautiful I love the colors and the card sign…I need to make one!

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    IA_Snowflake 1913 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:32 pm

    Beautiful. I did my own, but I went for easy and simple. I just wrapped a box in wedding paper, tied a bow around it and stenciled on “Thank you”.
    Did it’s job though.

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:33 pm

    You did a great job Cola!! :) I love the colors!

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:33 pm

    Hey, great job!

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    UCLAMeghan, Guest @ 1:38 pm

    Love it – where’d you get the letters for that cheap?

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:42 pm

    @ UCLAMeghan, the plain wood letters were on sale at Michaels!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:57 pm

    The finished product looks great. Sorry you burned yourself. And I love that your cat got in on the action. :)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:33 pm

    Oh I know about those DIY hot glue gun burns :( but your box turned out so well!

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    silverbuggy 49 posts, Newbee @ 2:36 pm

    wow, i’m amazed at how you turned the original boxes into the final! great job!

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    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:59 pm

    I too have a love/hate (more hate) relationship with my glue gun! I ALWAYS get badly burned. I love they way it turned out, great job!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:08 pm

    oooh hot glue burn. i got one of those working on a project a few months back. hopefully it healed quickly!

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    Kay Bee, Guest @ 3:30 pm

    I made a wedding cake pinata, 3 tiers tall with a bride and groom ornament hot glued on top as a cake topper.

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 3:33 pm

    This is such a gorgeous project – you did a great job! My FI was even looking over my shoulder as I read and he was very impressed!!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:39 pm

    Great job Miss Cola :D

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    star 2107 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:10 pm

    I had a lot of fun making my card box, too. Yours turned out gorgeous! Sorry about the burn — that’s worse than any I’ve ever gotten, poor thing!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5414 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:12 pm

    Wow, cool! I’m not a hot glue gun expert, either. In fact, I just bought one a few days ago, and I haven’t even been brave enough to take it out of the package yet!

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    pmerr 2728 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:41 pm

    That looks amazing!!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:32 pm

    Hot glue burns are the WORST! But your box came out amazing, and I LOVE your sparkly letters!!!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 9:05 pm

    wow!!! you did an amazing job!!

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    rabbit 1542 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:49 pm

    okay, I feel totally crazy reading your stuff! Do you/did you have a blog elsewhere? Or post all this information to the boards? Because I SWEAR I’ve read several of your posts before! Am I crazy?

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 1:34 am

    We got lazy and bought our own, but wow, I’m really impressed with all the love you put in yours and how great they look as a result!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:23 am

    That is really awesome! Ours was a simple hat box that I spray painted white, then stenciled a design on. My fiance/hubby cut the hole in the top for me (because I’m apparently too accident prone for him).

    It worked it was cute, and since it was quick and cheap, I didn’t care too much when the best man sat on it at the end of the night!

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    Petsgalore, Guest @ 3:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, it was extremely helpful & cost effective! I’ll be making a similar one now for my daughter’s upcoming wedding… This weekend! :-O I’ll be using all square cardboard boxes, since we have a ton of them. And fall colors & flowers for decoration, since that’s their theme:-) I’ll be thinking of you when I use my glue gun & hope I come out unscathed;-) Thanks again for posting this! Couldn’t have done it without you!

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