- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
I started with three different sized round boxes that I bought for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. They were Chrismas designs, and were on sale for most of the season.
1. Cut a hole in the bottom of the top box, about an inch from the outside edge. I just used a utility knife I found in my mom’s tool box because I couldn’t find a fancy shmancy X-acto knife in our collective craft supplies. It worked just fine afer I switched out the old blade.
2. Take the lid off, flip it over on top of the middle box, and trace the circle you just cut out. Make sure you have it centered first!
3. Now cut out along that line.
4. Then you flip over the middle box, and cut out a hole in the bottom about an inch from the outside edge just like you did with the bottom of the top box.
5. Now flip the middle box over and trace this hole onto the top of the bottom box.
6. Cut out that hole.
7. Now it’s time for the slot on the top of the top box. I cut out a circle the same size as the top from newspaper to make a template. I had first tried finding the center of the lid and measuring out this way and that, but it just didn’t work. So if you fold the newspaper circle in half and half again, you can find the center and easily cut out a slot. I don’t have a measurement for this, but I went off of a card I found laying around the house. I designed it so the card would be placed in vertically. Make sure it is wide enough for a thick card to fit through after you cover it with material.
You can see all the lines I attempted making on the lid before I made the newspaper template.
8. Trace the slot onto the lid and cut it out.
9. Now you need to wrap the boxes with material. I wrapped the middle with the lid in place. The top box I wrapped separately from the lid so it would be a cleaner look fitting the material through the slot. The bottom box I also wrapped separately from the lid, so that I can take the bottom off and get the cards out at the end of the night instead of reaching through the top two boxes.
I had planned on placing the box on the center of a large circle of material and gathering it up and into the center so there would be a ruching effect, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought. So I took a long strip of fabric, that was wider than the box laying on its side and glued the short edge along the side of the box. Then I rolled the box down the length of the fabric, folded it under, and glued the end at the starting point. With the box on its side, there was extra fabric at the top and bottom. I took this and pulled it tight, gluing it to the inside of the box. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures, because I was too busy burning a few fingers in the process. So hopefully my explanation makes sense, but feel free to ask me if it doesn’t.
Right now I haven’t attached the boxes to each other because I’m trying to figure out the best way to do it. I’m thinking about velcroing the layers together so it can be taken apart easily for storage, and shipping it if I can sell it after the wedding. So right now the layers are just sitting on top of each other looking pretty.
Then I tied a bow, using my bow tutorial, and there you have it!