How to Make a Wishing Well Card Holder

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How to Make a Wishing Well Card Holder
Make a wishing well card holder from a hat box. (well image by Gudellaphoto from

Wedding well-wishers often give gift tokens or money tucked into cards as gifts in place of bulkier presents. While couples appreciate such gifts as much as any other, organising these cards can be difficult. This is where a wedding wishing well comes into play. These whimsical little wells act as wedding decorations and give guests a place to slip their gift cards. You don't have to purchase one, either. You can easily make one from household items.

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Things you need

  • Large hat box
  • Utility knife
  • White spray paint
  • 1/2-inch to 1-inch wide twigs
  • Pruning snips
  • Hot glue
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Push your utility knife into the lid of your hat box. Drag the knife through the cardboard to make a slit no more than 1/4 inch wide and about 6 inches long. This should be large enough to accommodate most cards.

  2. 2

    Set the lid and box next to each other with the box upside down. Spray paint them both entirely white. This gives you an even background for your wishing well. It may also look a little like mortar if you have crevices between the twigs later.

  3. 3

    Cut your twigs to be about 1/8 inch taller than your hat box with pruning snips. You may also spray paint the twigs white or leave them as they are. White twigs look like birch twigs while unpainted twigs give your box a very rustic look.

  4. 4

    Put the lid on your box. Trace around the bottom edge of the lid with a pencil and remove the lid again. Run a bead of hot glue from about 1/8 inch below the pencil line to the bottom of the box. Press a twig into the glue, keeping the bottom of the twig even with the bottom of the box.

  5. 5

    Continue gluing twigs to the box, fitting them as close together as possible. Once covered, put the lid back on the box. It should fit down into the crevice between the box and the twigs.

  6. 6

    Cut two 1-inch thick twigs to about 6 inches taller than your hat box. Glue them upright to either side of the hatbox. They'll be supports for the roof.

  7. 7

    Cut a square of cardboard for the roof about 1 inch larger than the box's lid. Fold the cardboard in half and open it into a tent. Spray paint the cardboard white. Glue twigs horizontally to the roof, covering it as completely as possible. Place the roof on the supports with the tops of the supports in the crease of the roof. Hot glue it into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Glue silk flowers and leaves between the twigs to cover up crevices and give the well an extra touch of natural whimsy.
  • Replace the twigs with craft sticks or gravel for a slightly different theme.

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