Couples receiving gifts at their wedding often find themselves with a number of greeting cards, usually with a monetary gift or gift certificate in them. Out-of-town guests especially find cards easier than traveling with a bulky present. By lining a small box with satin, you create an elegant way for guests to give you a card. The satin wedding card box is also helpful in deterring thieves (an unfortunate problem at weddings in public venues), who would have to steal the box, which is much more noticeable than a few envelopes.
Things You'll Need
- Small-to-medium-sized box with lid
- Utility knife
- Satin (1 1-yard piece and 1 2-yard piece)
- Hot glue gun
- Decorative cord
Remove the lid of the box and measure an 8-inch-by-1-inch slot in the center of the lid. You want to make the opening big enough for guests who have oversized cards. Cut the slot out with the utility knife.
Take the 1-yard piece of satin and drape it over the box lid. Push satin through the lid so 1 to 2 inches poke out the underside of the lid. Cut a slit in the fabric on the underside of the lid and hot glue the loose edges of satin to the underside of the lid. This will allow the cards to slide through without snagging on loose fabric.
Use the rest of the fabric to wrap the box lid like a present, thinking of the inside of the lid as the bottom of the box. You may want to trim away excess fabric before wrapping it. As you wrap, secure the satin with small dots of hot glue.
Follow the same method to wrap the main box with the satin, again securing with hot glue. Try to use hot glue as minimally as possible on the outside of the box, instead attaching the satin on the inside of the box. If you pull the satin tightly as you wrap, you shouldn’t need any glue on the box’s outer sides.
Cut a length of ribbon that will stretch around the box lid. Using hot glue, attach the ribbon around the bottom of the box lid. You can use a ribbon that matches your wedding colors.
Glue the end of the ribbon to the starting end. The ends of the ribbon should meet at the front and center of the box lid. Add an embellishment with the glue to cover the two ends of the ribbon.
Finish the box by gluing a thin, decorative cord in a complementary color along the bottom and top edge of the ribbon.
Tips & Warnings
- Use satin in the same color as your main wedding color, if possible. If you can't find a matching color, white satin perfectly fits a wedding.
- Add the cord around the card slot for a decorative touch.
- You can incorporate more of your wedding colors by layering a second ribbon on the first one, if desired.
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