Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wedding DIY: Homemade Card Box

If you follow A Bride On A Budget on Twitter, you heard me complaining about a card box. I don't know why, but it was the one thing that I just couldn't decide on.

I had suggestions from friends: lanterns, bird cages, all the trendy ideas that are getting passed around right now. But none of them seemed to fit.

My mom and I went to the store the Tuesday before the wedding and we ended up in Michaels. "I'll just make you one," she said, picking up a wooden treasure chest. She had starfish and seashells and was ready to go.

"No," I said. "I'm not spending any more money and there's just no time to make one." That's as bridezilla as I got during wedding week. Honest.

We walked around the store and found these cute travel boxes. They're meant to hold your souvenirs. There were a bunch of designs and I originally picked up a purple one. But my mom saw a white one. We picked it up for $3.99 (would've been less if I had remembered a coupon) and brought it home.


Homemade Card Box

What You'll Need:
  • Box (This is a traditional box. It has a top and a bottom, and the lip overlaps.)
  • Ribbon
  • Glue dots
  • Image for the top of the box

What You'll Do:
  • My mom gave the box to my dad and he cut a slit in the top and bottom of the box, making sure they aligned when the top of the box was over the bottom. He cut from the larger side of the box so that any oversized cards would fit with ease. 
  • My mom then cut out the palm tree from our wedding programs and glued it to the top. 
  • I had a spare piece of ribbon from a Bed, Bath & Beyond gift (lucky for us, the ribbon with the gifts is purple and I saved some just in case. Gotta save when you can.). She affixed that around the "closing" area of the box with glue dots so that the box couldn't be opened easily.

And that was that.


It was so fitting, matched perfectly, and was another way to use our programs that I absolutely loved so much. Plus, it was so sweet because my parents worked together to make this homemade card box for us.

The cards fit perfectly in our homemade card box and the box was useful but not overbearing. You can't ask for more from a $4 last minute project.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What did you use as a card box?


  1. Great idea and very simple to do. These are the types of projects that make sense for brides and friends to DIY and save money on.

  2. This is a great idea because weddings really can get expensive quickly and these nice little DIY ideas are a wonderful way to stay within your budget.

  3. Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  4. very nice, how did you get the slit of the box to look so clean?

  5. Cute idea! Thanks so much for linking up to the WW Blog Hop! Sharing now =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Worthwhile Wednesdays!

  7. This looks great! Weddings can be so expensive, so it's always good to find ideas to save costs and still have an awesome wedding, with exactly what you want :)
    Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials!

  8. You really can't beat $4! This looks so cute, love the clean lines. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.