DIY Project Contest Entry #7

This next entry is a one of the bigger diy projects we’ve seen…  Check out the balsa wood house that Jennifer and her architect fiance built to hold cards from guests!




Hi Weddingbee! I’ve picked up so much DIY inspiration from this site.  We are doing tons of DIY for our wedding (from the stationery, to our bamboo & capiz shell arch, our “Moo card” favour tags, and more) but here this is one of my best projects.  Our “card house” – My fiancé is an architect, and over the past year together we have done major condo renovations and written a book, Design City Toronto, on architecture.  It was only fitting that we have an ”˜architectural slant’ to our wedding décor.
Instead of a gilded bird cage or puffy frilly white card box, I decided that I wanted a “card house” to hold the cards from our guests.  First, we came up with the plan.  We wanted something sleek, modern, yet functional.  The roof had to be removable in order to access the cards.  Design-wise, we wanted the second level to be cantilevered over the first, we wanted tons of windows (frosted and clear), and I wanted a staircase.  The staircase has yet to be built but this is our almost-finished design.
We built the card house out of balsa wood in different widths.  Used by architects to make models, it was easy to use”¦ all we needed was a exacto knife and bottle of glue.  I designed the wood strip panelling you see on the left, which gives the house some needed texture. After the wedding, we will use the house as a keepsake box to hold all of our wedding memorabilia.


Have a diy project you’d like to submit?  Send it to  See full contest details here.



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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    kp, Guest @ 4:57 pm

    seriously amazing! THE most creative and beautiful card box i’ve ever seen!

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    Melanie, Guest @ 5:07 pm

    How big is this? Looks like a dream dollhouse.

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    Miss Lime, Guest @ 6:20 pm

    crap. this brings back memories of sleepless nights, raw & sticky fingertips, and the sadness i felt when dumping all my models before moving back west. sigh.

    awesome job, though. ;). i miss building real (not CAD) models.

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 5:23 pm

    Uh, yeah, the card house turned out a little bigger than expected. Fingers crossed that we get enough cards to fill in at least the clear glass area at the bottom left 😉

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