- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
I was shopping around on Etsy to find/buy a cardbox, when it dawned on me that I can make my own. I’m capable, I have time, and if I totally mess it up, I would be out about $40…it was worth a shot.
What I ended up with was this:
And I must say, I impressed myself!!
I started with two paper mache round hat boxes, one 12″ and one 10″. I purchased some cheap purple fabric that is supposed to be silk like, but is made out of rayon or something (it was $4/yard, whereas real silk is about $20 per yard…real silk is nicer, but a card box is something that I’m not going to wear, so, fake material won!). I bought Elmer’s spray adhesive, and got to it.
I cut a strip of material to wrap around the side of the large box, leaving enough overlap to wrap to the inside a bit and around the bottom a bit. I sprayed the box (in a very well ventalated room, and with newspaper all over the place to avoid getting sticky glue everywhere). Then I carefully stuck the fabric to the box…tip: make sure the adhesive is not “wet” – think thin even coats – if it’s wet, it will bleed through your fabric, and will leave a stain that you will have to cover with a ribbon or flower or something.
Next I cut the large box top so that only about 1″ around was remaining. THen covered that with a circle of fabric, spray adhesive. For the edges of the box tops, I wrapped thin cardboard strip (the width of the top edge) with fabric, then wrapped those strips around the box top…this avoided any extra fabric, bunching or whatever. I cut the bottom out of the 10″ box, covered the sides. Cut a slit in the 10″ box top covered the with fabric, then carefully cut and wrapped the fabric at the slit location.
Finally I used a lot of hot glue to make a ring around the 12″ box and stuck the 10″ box on top of it. Then it was just a matter of decorating with the satin ribbon – I just used 2″ thick ribbon for a dramatic effect, made some quick stitched bows, and embelished them with rhinestone buttons. I love the result, and I’m so glad I didn’t waste $100 buying one from somewhere else!!