Having a convenient place at the reception for guests to place card-form wedding presents is extremely beneficial in maintaining order and ensuring that you will actually receive your intended presents. As an alternative to simply resting a basket or regular box on the gift table, create your own easy, yet elegant, wedding money box to house envelopes of gift cards, checks and cash. The do-it-yourself project can be fun and cost-effective.
Things You'll Need
- Box with lid
- Utility knife
- Gift wrap
Locate a medium to large box with a removable lid. Using something as simple as a cardboard shoebox can work, or you might try purchasing a papier-mache box from a craft store for the wedding project. Either way, make sure the box is big enough to hold the common dimensions of gift envelopes.
Cut a rectangular slit in the center of the lid using a sharp utility knife to create smooth edges. The slit should be long and wide enough for your guests to easily slip in their wedding cards.
Wrap the outside of the box (with the lid removed) using festive gift wrap, folding the edges to the inside of the box and fastening with pieces of tape. Then, wrap the outside of the box lid with the wrapping paper -- ignoring the rectangular slit for now; fasten with tape.
Cut the section of the wrapping paper that lays over your rectangular slit with the box lid face down. Cut diagonally from the upper-left corner to the lower-right corner of the slit. Also, cut diagonally from the upper-right corner to the lower-left corner, folding the triangular wrap pieces inside the box and fastening with tape. Use a utility knife.
Place the lid on the box and additionally embellish as desired. Suggested additions include a fancy ribbon and a picture of the bride-and-groom.
Tips & Warnings
- Opting for a thick, quality wrapping paper will help keep your wedding money box in good condition throughout the night.
- Choosing too large a box may look greedy, but choosing one too small will likely cause unnecessary hassle and frustration. Carefully consider what will work best for your circumstances.
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