Recycled Wedding Goods

Mr. Ball Cap’s brother was married in September of 2010. We are very close to his brother and sister-in-law, and their daughter is our Jr. Bridesmaid. With their wedding not far behind us, they still have many of their supplies on hand. Future Sister-In-Law let me know early on that I was more than welcome to use anything they had left over. It was a sweet offer, but one that I sort of forgot about once I got into the heavy planning stages.

Fast forward a month or so ago, and we needed to make a decision on the card box. This wasn’t something that was a high priority for me or anything I wanted to spend a lot of time or resources on. I just wanted it to blend in with the overall look of the wedding and be practical and useful.

My first thought was to follow the movie “Up” inspired mailbox trend. I find this idea beyond adorable and love the personalized touch.


Image via / Photo by Wildflowers Photography

(Super cute “Up” inspired engagement shoot.)

The biggest concern about using this type of card box is that the cards could easily disappear.

I know that it is appalling to think that someone would steal from a bride and groom on their wedding day, but I have heard many horror stories about cards disappearing before the end of the night. I would never believe that such a thing could happen, let alone happen to us, but did we want to take that risk? I’m not even sure I should worry about such a thing but it crossed my mind.

During my possibly needless worrying, FSIL reminded me that she still had her card box and we were welcome to it. She said we could do anything we wanted to it and to just keep passing it along to friends and family who could put it to use.


Image via Jo

MOB took one look at this white card box and instantly knew how she could jazz it up a bit.

The first thing she did was to pop off the little crystals on top. She then replaced them with silver sequins to give it a little more bling value.


Next, she removed the white cording around the top lid and swapped it with navy. She also adding a navy, satin ribbon around the middle of the box along with an embellishment reflecting our last name’s initial.


It’s amazing what a few simple changes and the addition of some color will do to change the overall look!


I am happy we were able to reuse an already existing card box and one that provided a little more security. It was an easy item to check off our list and perhaps we helped reduce our “wedding footprint,” even in a small way.

FSIL has also given me other goodies I’m hoping to reuse including frames and photos for our memory table.

Are you using any recycled wedding items or repurposing previously used supplies?


Mrs. Sunhat

Dyer, IN
Wedding Date:
December 2011
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  1. thimble Member
    thimble 857 posts, Busy bee @ 9:50 am

    great idea! And it’s neutral and easy to re-purpose. I’ve loaned out my card cage to a couple brides, and we changed out the extra decor on it to match their weddings

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    Brittney, Guest @ 10:07 am

    We went with the “Up” inspired mailbox, and my husband just screwed the front door of it shut, then cut a slit big enough for cards (and cards only) in the top – all the way down the top, providing an option for placement so all the cards wouldn’t stack up in the same place. It worked great for us! We just unscrewed the mailbox when we went through our card – the morning after the wedding.

    Your box looks great with the addition of the navy though!! What luck you have with such a crafty MOB and yourself working together!!

    PS I’m loving how your wedding looks like its coming together – can’t wait to see the pics!!

  3. unicycle Member
    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 10:12 am

    Looks great! I am also in love with the Up mailboxes idea, but I’m not sure about security either…I might use the mailbox for people to deposit their guest “book” submissions.

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    msbadger7 168 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:38 am

    I love how you repurposed the card box from your FSIL, Sunhat! Just a quick question – does that box have some sort of lock or a way to keep it from being opened during the reception? I guess I’m just wondering how it’s more secure than the mailbox idea, other than the cards are “out of sight and out of mind” with this option. Looks great though, I love the personal touches!

  5. dalmatian Member
    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 10:59 am

    Your card box looks great! I love the extra touches you added. We are using a mailbox (not Up related, just a vintage mailbox!) – I hadn’t even thought about the security issue. Hopefully we will not face anything like that!

  6. raccoon Member
    raccoon 308 posts, Helper bee @ 11:33 am

    Your card box looks great! I really like the changes you made to it.
    We’re worried about the cards going home with the wrong person too.

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    ashleyyyg 816 posts, Busy bee @ 11:40 am

    I never thought about people taking the cards. Now I’m scared!! Maybe I’ll assign my FMIL to collect cards in there every 20 minutes or so…she would gladly do it and I trust it being in her hands.

  8. mole Member
    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:15 pm

    Cute card box! It looks really nice. :)

  9. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:32 pm

    So happy you were able to reuse.. it looks great! Such a bummer that we need to worry about people stealing from the card box.. especially since I’m so in love with the Up idea. :((

  10. hawk Member
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:56 pm

    Love the way this turned out! I am also planning on borrowing photos that my cousin used for her memory table last summer.

  11. teaspoon Member
    teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 2:53 pm

    Looks great!

  12. msdoe Member
    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 5:59 pm

    Such a great idea! And I actually was at a wedding recently where the card box mysteriously went missing. I felt so bad for the bride and groom…just awful! Your finished card box looks so great!

  13. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:09 pm

    @msbadger7: Thanks! Well we thought about that as it really doesn’t “lock” in any way. We are going to run a light bead of hot glue around the edge and then pry or slice it open. If that doesn’t work, a parent will collect cards from the box throughout the night.
    @Miss Doe: Oh no! It’s such a shame and such an awful thing to have happen!

  14. kettle Member
    kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 7:29 pm

    Does my grandmother’s fur coat count? Prolly not. But I love your box and I think your mom really made it look special and fitting for your wedding.

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