A Place for Cards

Card boxes: they’re probably something you can put on your “skip list” if you’re short on time, money, or energy. But people do need a place to put cards that they bring to the wedding, so I put it on my “don’t skip list” (which, frankly, is probably way too long). I figured it was a project that I could do well ahead of time without too much effort or money. In my search for inspiration, I really loved the card boxes inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie UP, like Mrs. Fox’s.

Mrs. Fox’s adorable UP inspired card box / Photo by Exclamation Imagery

However, we’ll be using our balloon engagement pictures in a few areas, so I didn’t want it to look like we were doing an UP themed wedding. And I didn’t like that it would probably go to waste after the wedding—our current neighborhood uses wall-mounted boxes as opposed to those mounted on the street, so we couldn’t actually use this.

In the search for more options, I came across pictures of bird cages and decorated gift boxes, but those didn’t feel quite right. The card box will sit at a table at the entrance to the venue with our guestbook and some pictures as one of the first things the guests will see when they walk in, so I wanted it to fit in to our decor well.

And at some point, I thought of lanterns and went searching to see if I could find any inspiration pictures. Sure enough, I was able to find a picture of another wedding, and it looked like the cards fit in fine and it was pretty!

Lantern card box with a hinged top / Found on Style Me Pretty / Photo by Alders Photography

I went searching at Hobby Lobby one day when they were running a 50% off sale on lanterns, and decided to go with this one. Actually, I had to peruse the shelves of lanterns from behind a couple who were standing in the way and bickering about whether or not they needed some lanterns and where they would put them in their house. (She was for, he was against, if you can imagine.) There was only one left of the one that I wanted, so I snuck past them with an awkward “Excuse me!” and grabbed my lantern and carried it around like some strange cave goblin while I finished my other shopping in the store. And maybe it was a coincidence, but I swear that girl was around every turn I took, perhaps waiting until I put it down. However, I had made my decision so I hung on to my lantern and proceeded to the checkout. Hobby Lobby is not for the faint of heart.

Here’s a picture I found of the lanterns used in a beautiful rustic centerpiece. I love that you don’t have to do much to it—it’s already a nice color and has the pretty scroll work.

The lovely lanterns used in centerpieces / Found on Rustic Wedding Chic / Photo by Miles Witt Boyer Photography

With a card box, though, you’ll want to label it so that people can tell what it is. I was going between hanging the little wooden letters from pearls along the top and putting these pearl stickers on the glass. I figured the sticker pearls wouldn’t show up well enough, so I went for the wooden letters.

I played around in store trying to decide which would be the best way to label it.

I ended up painting the letters teal and hot gluing them to the side since the pearl strand was hard to work with, and I love the pop of teal next to the gray-ish color of the metal.

Finally, I needed a way to get the cards into the box. This lantern did not have a hinged top, and I didn’t want people opening the door to put in cards. So the only option was to cut a slit in the top, which Daddy P did for me with his Dremel.

Daddy P cutting a slit to put the cards into the box

After I touched up the slit with sandpaper so that it didn’t have any sharp edges, we had a finished card box!

The final product

The open door now faces to the back and the slit is right in front, so I hope that’s self-explanatory enough for guests. Depending on how much we decide to do on that entrance table with candles and flowers, I might add some flowers to the base of this lantern, but I really do like it just as is. I think it fits in pretty well with our chandeliers and other courtyard decor. And the best part—it didn’t cost too much and I didn’t have to put in too much time on it!

I can also see us reusing this (without the letters) on our backyard patio as decor with some large pillar candles inside. That is…after the wedding when we’ll be able to put in a backyard patio to decorate!

What did you do for a card box?


Mrs. Pyramid

New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014
Road Trip Honeymoon: Four Parks, Five Days
Classifieds: December 2, 2013
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  1. rucksack Member
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 10:12 am

    We used a lantern for our cards too! It worked perfectly (plus I had one already lying around at home so it was another thing I didn’t have to worry about!)

  2. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 11:07 am

    Very cute! Our cardbox got more use than I thought it would, so I’m glad we didn’t skip it!

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    Sarah, Guest @ 11:46 am

    I would just remind you that wedding cards can be HUGE, so make the largest cut possible! I’ve seen a lot of weddings where the cards wouldn’t fit in the card box.

  4. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 1:06 pm

    My card box idea ended up falling through so I’m jealous you are so on top of this!!

  5. bighornsheep Member
    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:32 pm

    OMG! I love this idea. We’ll be having a card box and this was the idea I suggested to Mr Big. He vetoed it (boo) but we have another option in the works.

    Your card box is beautiful. And I agree, leaving it as is would look marvellous. It’s simple and just works! :)

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:30 pm

    We’re doing the mailbox card box. We’re not having a lot of Disney represented at our wedding, so we thought it would be a subtle enough nod that our Disney friends would get, but others would just think was a clever idea.

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    Sara, Guest @ 6:57 pm

    We had a few pops of black and white stripes (cake, a couple table runners, etc.) so I also incorporated by using a vintage black and white stripe hatbox as our card box.

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    orchard 72 posts, Worker bee @ 8:05 pm

    This is very cute! I, ummm, totally forgot about a card box or basket or anything really completely. My MOH grabbed a random extra basket and stuff it on the gift tables and guests seemed to figure it out. Whoops!

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    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:59 am

    @Mrs. Rucksack: yay lanterns! They weren’t a decor element I wanted to commit to for centerpieces or anything like that, so just having the one will be perfect!

    @Mrs. Road Trip: Good to know! And even if it doesn’t get used much, we still have a pretty decoration!

    @Sarah: Great reminder – thanks! The slit is pretty wide, so hopefully it will fit most greeting cards sizes!

    @Miss Bighorn Sheep: aw thanks!

    @luluvohn: it is just the perfect touch! I’ve got some other ideas of how to incorporate some little Disney touches…

    @Sara: that sounds like it matched perfectly!

    @Mrs. Bicycle: you can always count on me to have one of the most insignificant details under control!

  10. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 7:47 am

    I love reusable decorations! I’ve found a use for almost everything I took home the night of our wedding!

  11. airplane Member
    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 10:55 am

    We also went the lantern route, and I love that it is now sitting in our living room. Double duty!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 9:47 am

    I love the card box idea. I love laterns and think it is very usable after the wedding.

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:50 am

    I love it! It’s classy with a touch of color! And if you pop those letters off you can re-use that in your house!

  14. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:58 pm

    I love it!! I love the pop of turquoise!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:10 am

    Your description of events had me laughing out loud, for real. That lantern is so pretty! We went the birdcage route and it worked for us, though I’ve since resold it. I like the idea of keeping it in your garden as a memento!

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