Happy New Year, everyone! So, don’t ask me why the Beastie Boys are on my mind. Yes, I realize that the lyrics to the song actually have nothing to do with ribbons and glue guns. I promise you that I am not “crafty” in a Beastie Boys kind of sense, but the song is so catchy! It transports me back to the 7th grade when I wrote a rap called “Boys” in response to their rap called “Girls,” but I digress… Anyway, I AM “crafty” in an arts and crafts kind of way! I love when an opportunity calls for me to pull out my paper punch, beads, or scalloped scissors. What better time than a party? So, here’s my gift to you…a DIY (“do it yourself”) card box.
The party in question was my wedding a couple of years ago. I was obsessing about the details for the wedding and how to add some creative touches. My wedding planner suggested a card box to hold any money envelopes (er, cards with well wishes). Always the crafter, I decided to make one myself in my wedding colors (turquoise, red, and purple). You can make one, too! It’s really easy.
Here’s what you need:
- 9″ paper mache box with a lid
- Decorative elements (e.g., gold leaf, ribbon, silk flowers, feathers, pretty paper, paint, etc.)
- X-Acto knife
- Glue gun
- Your imagination
- Good music
- The first thing you should do is lay out some newspaper to protect your work surface from hot glue and put on some good music. Something upbeat and fun would be ideal to get you in the party mood. Hey, you can even take little dance breaks along the way. I love to have “Club Kimberly” in my house every once in a while. Oh, and give yourself at least one week before the big event (wedding, baby shower, birthday party) to make your card box. No, it won’t take one week to actually make the box, but believe me, the experience will be much more enjoyable if you reduce the stress factor. I stayed up the night before my wedding to make the box pictured here. Trust me, do as I say and not as I do; give yourself some time to make the box.
- After preparing your work surface and getting in the proper mood, get out your ruler and draw a long and narrow rectangle to cut out of the box. If you want to have more of a handmade look to your box, feel free to cut out the slot freehand. However, if you are a little “particular” like me, get out your ruler or straight edge so that you have a neat little window for the cards to fit through. (Picture a mailbox of sorts.) Next, cut out the slot. If you have a metal ruler, use that and guide your X-Acto knife along the ruler to get a super straight cut. (Can you tell that I am a little “particular?”) It might be helpful to also work on an old table so that you don’t scratch your beautifully finished tabletop. Oh, and be careful of your fingers! Blood is NOT a decorative element. LOL. (Actually, if you cut your finger, you probably won’t be LOL-ing.)
- Next, the real fun begins! Decorate your box using whatever decorative elements you choose. I chose to decorate mine with gold leaf (it is a bit of a pain to use, but it leads to a beautiful finished product), peacock feathers, silk flowers, and ribbon. A glue gun was used to adhere all of the elements to the box.
- Stand back and admire your creation while your box dries. Do a little happy dance to celebrate what a great job you did!
- Proudly display your box center stage at your event.
I loved how my card box turned out! It is a wonderful keepsake that I will treasure for years to come. What was even better was taking the lid off after the wedding was over to discover all of the cards we received! What’s your favorite DIY project?