- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I LOVE my card box… and it was super easy to make. You will need:
- a plain, cardboard box (I got mine for $2 at Hobby Lobby)
- acrylic paint (I used dark blue but you can use any color)
- sheets of craft foam from Hobby Lobby (I used blue for the octopus and then found sheets of black, white and brown that had a sticky back for the mustache, hat and sign. You need one big sheet for the octpus and smaller sheets for his stuff)
- Sharpie pens in black, dark blue and whatever color you want for the hat ribbon and sign
- Either a printer and paper or a projector
- A pencil
- Hot glue gun
First I found a picture online of the octopus I wanted. I just googled cute cartoon octopus and found a ton. Next I projected his picture onto a wall and then taped my blue foam on the wall where the image was projected (if you dont have a projector you can print the image and transfer it to the foam). Using a pencil, I traced the whole image onto the foam.
Next I did the same for all his accessories (eyes, mustache, hat, sign, and sign stick). I also used a piece of white foam for the hat ribbon but this sin’t necessary. It looked fine without it.
Then it was time to cut everything out. After cutting all the pieces, I traced some of them around the edges with sharpies (dark blue around the octopus and black around the hat) making sure to add details to the octopus, such as the suckers on his tentacles and his eyebrows. Then I colored the hat ribbon with another sharpie. Lastly, I wrote “Cards Please” on the sign and put a little heart.
To assemble, I stuck on the eyes and mustache and stuck the sign onto the sign stick (all these pieces had sticky backs, which made this process easy). Next I stuck the hat ribbon onto the hat and then stuck the hat on his head.
I then had to paint the box. I used cheap 59 cent acrylic paint from michaels and a foam brush. Two coats covered pretty well and used up entire bottle. Once it was dry, I got out the hot glue gun and glued the sign in his hand and glued the whole octopus to the front of the box and that’s it!
You could cut a slit in the top of the box for the cards to go in, but I forgot that part when making it so just tucked the lid on the bottom of the box and left the top open. After the wedding, I can take the lid off and put it on the top. But you could very easily cut a slit in the top of the box with a box cutter for the cards to go through.