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DIY Budget-Savvy Card Box

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Jillian Beaudry

I am very proud of one of my more budget-savvy projects – my $4.80 card box! I purchased the black box online in early February it sat, unassembled and un-crafted, until July 28. There seems to have been an interesting phenomenon that has come over me lately. It’s less than five months to the wedding and I feel like it’s truly “go-time.”

Dane and I got engaged in August 2011, 16 months before we planned to marry. When we got engaged, I ran around ordering engagement announcements, looking into venues, scheming a delicious wintertime dinner menu and staring at the sparkler on my finger. Our venue was chosen in late October 2011, photographer in December and we had the tasting with our caterer and confirmed our menu in January. With a dress ordered in mid-Feburary, I had all of the big items crossed off my list. Little things would pop up in my theknot.com checklist and I handled them with ease from March through July.

Now, I’m nearly to the four-month mark and I’m ordering THE INVITATIONS, arranging for rentals and picking out suits for the guys. A couple of items down on the list is actually a huge monumental item: buying our WEDDING BANDS. Holy cow! Where did the time go?

So, I dusted off the $4.80 black card box purchased from an online retailer five months ago and with some help from the fiancé, finally constructed our card box!

Special note: We’re having a smaller wedding of about 75 to 85 people (guessing).  I did not select a huge card box, but I chose one that was taller rather than wider to give the cards room to fall into the bottom.

Here’s how to make your $4.80 card box!

Supplies: Box and matching lid, glue stick, paper with CARDS printed on it, scissors, box cutter, tape and wrapping paper. The only thing I had to buy was the box. The wrapping paper has sat in my closet for three or four years. I knew I’d use it for something!

The only item I had to purchase was this black gift box for $4.80.

Step 1: Assemble your card box. For us, this meant taping the lid and box flaps down securely.

Step 2: Cut a wide slit through the lid with a box cutter. I pulled out some old birthday cards to practice and make sure the opening would be wide enough.

Dane (handsome fiance) measured and drew the size of the opening with a pencil on the inside of the lid. Then, he used the (pink!) box cutters to cut the opening. Sharp objects tend to frighten me, so this was his job!

Step 3: Cut and measure the wrapping paper to the size of the lid. Wrap the lid, just like you would wrap a present. If you have problems with seams, make small, diagonal cuts and tape. Cutting and taping the seams will prevent wrinkles in the paper.

To reduce creases, I cut the paper at some corners and taped the paper to the box for a tighter fit. It seemed to work well.

Step 4: Because you have wrapped the top of the box, that nice opening for the cards is also covered. Turn the lid over and cut a slit down the middle and fold the paper into the opening and tape.

The completed lid!

Step 5: I had printed CARDS on plain, white paper and cut the letters out. Glue the letters onto the box where you desire.

This was a very quick project — done in 15 minutes or less!

Done! This project was quick and easy and, best of all, CHEAP! Have you seen those pre-made, beautiful card boxes on Etsy? Lovely, but they gave me sticker shock!

What does your card box look like?

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Jillian Beaudry

runs a weekly newspaper in a small town in Eastern Washington State. She got married in 2012 - You can read her wedding planning posts here.