How to Decorate Wedding Card Boxes


Give your guests a gorgeous place to drop their well wishes with a card box made to look like a three-tier wedding cake. Whether you opt for a white-on-white look or something with a pop of color to mirror the style of your big day, these easy-to-follow steps will help you create a card box beautiful enough to rival your baker's yummy wedding-day confection. Place the card box on a table near the entrance to your reception so that guests are sure to take notice.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-inch hat box 10-inch hat box 12-inch hat box Utility knife Geometry compass or circular pattern Scissors Fabric or wallpaper samples White spray paint Tempera paint Self-adhesive crystals, gems or sequins Spray adhesive Ribbon Double-sided tape

How to Decorate a Wedding Card Box

  • Using a utility knife, cut a slot, measuring approximately 2 inches wide by 6 inches long, in the cover of the 8-inch box. Then cut the bottoms out of the 8-inch and 10-inch boxes, making sure to leave a half-inch lip around the bottom of each box.

  • Using a compass or a circular template, trace a 9.5-inch circle in the middle of the lid of the 12-inch box. Repeat this process, tracing a 7.5-inch circle in the center of the lid of the 10-inch box. Cut out the circles using a utility knife.

  • To cover boxes with wallpaper or fabric, measure and cut a single strip of material to wrap around each "layer." Working one box at a time, spray with spray adhesive, then carefully press fabric or wallpaper to the outside, taking care to smooth out air bubbles as you work your way around the box. Trim the edges if need be.

  • To cover the lids, cut a circle of material to fit the top of each lid and secure with spray adhesive. Using ribbon, trim the edge of of each lid. Remember to cut out the slot in the lid of the 8-inch box after covering it.

  • If you prefer to paint your box, start by spray-painting each of the boxes and lids white. Let them dry completely between each coat of paint and before adding additional decoration. Once dry, use a paintbrush and tempera paint to add designs, embellishments or your monogram to the outside of the boxes.

  • Finish by decorating with self-adhesive jewels, crystals or sequins for a little sparkle. Add a large bow or ribbon embellishment to the top of the smallest box as a final touch, taking care not to cover the card slot.

  • Once all decorations are applied to the sides and lids of the boxes, adhere the lids to the 10- and 12-inch boxes using double-sided tape. Leave the smallest lid loose, this way you will not have to cut into your "cake" to retrieve the cards.

  • To stack the boxes, apply double-sided tape around the bottom lips of the two smaller boxes. Center the 10-inch box over lid of the 12-inch box and press down. Repeat this process, centering the 8-inch box over the 10-inch box. Use double-sided tape to adhere 1-inch-wide ribbon around the base of each box to conceal seams.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gather materials at craft and fabric stores. Check out local wallpaper stores for remnants or samples. Use square boxes for a more modern look. Instead of decorating your own, use vintage hat boxes from a second-hand store. Display your card box on a cake stand and surround the base with flowers.

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