So when my uncle and his girlfriend told me they were planning a Spring wedding, I knew that I wanted to do something. I see so many different ideas for wedding décor and planning on the Internet, my mind roared into overtime with ideas on things that I wanted to help with. Since they were together so long, (20 years to be exact) my mom suggested that they place a money box among the décor of their wedding/guest book table instead of accepting traditional wedding presents. When she said that, I suggested that instead of purchasing a pricy money box (online or in the store) that I would happily make one, along with a guest book.
I couldn’t wait to hit up Michael’s, JoAnn, and Dollar Tree and found good deals at all of the stores. At Michael’s, I used a 40% off coupon and at JoAnn, I was able to use a 25% off entire purchase plus 30% off one item coupon at the same time. I must have spent a total of 25 dollars for all of my supplies, which included a few goodies for myself, goodies to make the guest book, and goodies for my shoppers at UrbanistaNoir.com.
I decided to share my crafting experience with you guys with instructions on how I made the card box that will be used at my Uncle’s wedding.
Here’s what I purchased:
- A Set of 3 Nested Paper Mache Boxes
- Acrylic Craft Paint (Lavender)
- Ribbon (Rhinestone, Dark Purple, Lavender)
- A Purple Flower Pin
- Glitter Craft Tape (not pictured–Dollar Tree)
- An X-acto Knife
- Paint Brushes (dollar tree)
- Glue (Glue Gun or Crafting Glue)
- a 4×6 Photo Frame (dollar tree)
First I painted all of the paper mache boxes…tops and bottoms…and laid them on newspaper to dry completely. I made sure that I had enough coats of paint to completely cover the boxes since I did not prime them because Lavender is so light.
When the boxes were dry, I measured around the tops of the boxes with the rhinestone ribbon, cut it to the proper size and glued it down using a glue gun.
I then used the X-acto knife to carve an envelope slot in the largest box. I used an actual card to measure the slot.
I then rubbed around my newly cut hole with some light sand paper I had around the house. You don’t have to do that, especially if you will be covering the hole with ribbon like I did.
I took the smaller, lighter color ribbon that I purchased and glued it around the envelope slot making sure that I covered the jagged edges made from cutting the hole with the X-acto knife.
I took the glitter craft tape and covered the ribbon that I just glued around the envelope slot.
After everything dried, I placed the tops of the boxes on each box, and then stacked the boxes on top of each other, largest to smallest. After placing them where I wanted them, I glued them down with my craft glue. I placed the boxes aside and allowed them to dry.
After the glue dried, I took my larger dark purple (contrast) ribbon and wrapped it around the box, gluing some areas down and tying it at the top. I then secured the knot with a flower pin.
When I was done, I took the cardboard that was inside of the photo frame and painted it with my left over paint. I allowed for it to dry and took a marker and stenciled in ‘Cards’. I placed the cardboard back into the photo frame.
And here’s what I got…
I am currently working on the guest book and will blog about it when I am done. I hope you enjoyed. If you try it out, please tag me in your online photos.
Until Next Time…
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