Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DIY :: Wedding Card Box, Part 1

Last time you heard my beef about how expensive weddings can be. It's the little things that can really make things add up without even realizing it! Chad and I have the gift of time. It seems like our wedding date is drug out pretty far from now. Only 7 months to go! I'm taking full advantage of the time creating whatever I can as early as I can so I'm not running around last minute like a chicken with it's head cut off.

My most recent project is the card box. This is something that doesn't need a lot of thought or design, but just take some time. My friend is getting married this weekend so we talked about it and I offered to make the card box for her. We got engaged about the same time and are helping each other out with the details in order to save on having a wedding coordinator. This box is something that will kill 2 birds with one stone - we can both use it for our weddings!

If you scope out Etsy there are tons of options with a hefty price-tag to go along with it... I want the box to match our dresses, which are both off-white satin, so I knew I wanted to cover them with fabric. The actual boxes were the tricky part... you're kind of at the mercy of the stores around you. I didn't feel like running around too much so I went with Hobby Lobby and American Craft Market to find what I needed.

Here is the supply break-down:

Hobby Lobby:
Large Box: $5.99
1 yd Fabric: $4.19 (was $6.99 with a 40% coupon)
Ribbon: $5.97 (for 3 kinds, was $11.97 with 50% off special)

American Craft Market:
Small Box: $7.99
Bling: $4.99

Other necessities that I used and had were:
Hot glue gun and sticks (don't make the mistake of wasting your time with other glue... it doesn't work)
White Spray paint
Spray Adhesive
Box Cutter

1. Paint Boxes:

First thing I did was paint the box white so that it was lighter - the brown box made the fabric noticeably darker.

2. Cut holes: 

I cut a circle about 1/2 inch smaller than the tracing of the small box on the large box. I did it 1/2 inch smaller than the edge of the small box as well so there was a ledge to glue the boxes together with. Also, I traced and cut a hole on the top where the envelopes go in. I made it a bit bigger than the common 9" length of a envelope.

3. Cover with paper/fabric:

So far I've been working on covering the boxes with fabric. This is by far the trickiest part of the whole ideal - especially with a round box. I turned the pleats/tucks that form into a decorative part of the box, but you can come up with your own solution. Satin is difficult because if you lay it over itself, it is noticeable and it leaves a lot of room for errors. I just made this up as I went along - It was nice to have adhesive spray to set the sides. It doesn't seep through, and it's forgiving (you can pull the fabric up and re-adjust if needed before it dries.)


To come in Part 2? The FUN part! Decorating and embellishing! 

For Part 2, click here.


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