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Wedding Card Box

I have just completed the biggest DIY project that I have EVER done.  I have seen all the card boxes online that other brides have made and was impressed.  So much so that I decided to go my own path as always and mix it up.  I decided to go with a simple square box and do a single layer instead of the classic three as seen with others.  Below you will find a supplies list as well as general instructions.  As with any project it is important to put your own spin on things and to get in touch with your creative side.


Supplies:
Box with lid
Roll of white craft paper
Double sided stick tape
Exacto knife
4 spools pink ribbon
4 spools turquoise ribbon
Alphabet stickers
Adhesive gems
Scissors
Ruler
Masking tape
Scotch tape

I started the project by gathering all of the above materials.  I made sure to document with pictures as much as possible to allow you to recreate this on your own.

Directions:
1.  I started by covering the box with white craft paper as if I was wrapping a present.  The box I found on clearance at Target did have a dansk print on it that I wanted to cover.  I made sure to tape the paper on the inside of the box as well as on the bottom so that it is sturdy and the seams are hidden.  I then went around the bottom with a second layer to create a smooth seam.  I tried to use as much double sided stick tape to attach the paper to the box but found that scotch tape was still needed to attach on the inside.

2. The next step is to create a slot in the lid for the cards to slide into.  My fiance helped with this step and used his exacto knife to cut a simple hole in the top.  Before covering the box with paper I used the masking tape to line the inside of the slot.

3. This is when the fun begins.  After both the cover and box are covered it is now time to begin the ribbon weaving.  I started by cutting strips of pink ribbon and attached it to the cover of the box to create the grid for weaving.  I taped the strips on the inside of the cover with scotch tape.  Make sure to use a good amount of tape or the pieces will loosen up during weaving.  I then cut strips of blue and started to weave them through in the standard pattern as shown.  IMPORTANT: don’t cut all the strips of blue in advance because they will need to be shorter while you are weaving around the slot.

4.  As soon as the entire top is weaved you must now tackle the sides.  This was by far the most difficult to figure out and sadly I forgot to take pictures while doing this step so if you have questions please let me know and I will try to elaborate. I started by weaving the ribbon together as I did before.  I then undid the first and last vertical strip and proceeded to attach the strips together with double sided stick tape to form a single piece.  I then folded one color under the other and taped the top color to the box.  This created a smooth edge.  I did this around the whole cover and my ribbon weaving was completed!

5. My favorite part was decorating the box.  I was able to snag the alphabet letters on clearance.  I decorated three sides of the box each with a different word but still with the same design.  I then placed my adhesive gems on each of the four corners on each side to give it a little glam.  As you see in the photo above I placed the word “Cards” with embellishments on the front side.  In the pictures below I decorated one side with my name and other with that of my fiance.

You now have a finished box that is ready to hold cards at any event.  If you need any additional instructions of help please let me know.