It is important to provide a place on the gift table where wedding guests can deposit a card. Today's couples are paying for beautiful baskets, bowls, vases, bird cages or other ornate card holders. It is quite easy to make your own, personal card holders out of cardboard and wrapping paper.
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Things you need
- Large sheet of cardboard or several smaller pieces
- Packing tape
- Box cutter or razor blade
- Pencil or marker
- Tape and/or craft glue
- Decorative wrapping paper or fabric
- Large decorative bow
Lay out your sheet of cardboard. Measure and mark a strip of cardboard 10 inches by 40 inches. Cut out this strip as straight as possible.
Measure and make a mark every 10 inches on the long side of the cardboard strip. Return to the marks and draw straight lines using a yardstick. You should now have a strip of cardboard with three lines drawn.
Place your yardstick right next to the first line and lightly score the line with your razor blade. This cut should not go through the cardboard; it should only cut the first layer of paper to score or create a crease in the paper, which makes it easier to fold later. Repeat with the other two lines.
Fold along the scored lines, making a box shape with two open ends. Use tape to securely hold the edges together.
Place one of the open box ends on the remaining cardboard and trace around the open edge. Cut out the traced square. Place on one end of the box and tape securely to hold.
Repeat Step 5 for the top piece of the box. Before taping to the box, cut a slit in the piece about 5 inches long and 1/2-inch wide; avoid the centre of the box so that the bow will not inhibit the slit. This slit must accommodate a large greeting card. After cutting the slit, tape onto the box securely.
Cut a piece of decorative wrapping paper large enough to wrap the box. Wrap as you would an ordinary present, being aware of the location of the slit. When the box is wrapped, return to the slot; you should be able to feel it with your fingers. Using a box cutter or razor blade, cut the paper by carefully following the shape of the slit in the box. Wrap a large bow around the box, careful to avoid the slit opening.
Tips and warnings
- These instructions build a 10x10x10-inch box. For a larger or smaller box, simply alter the measurements to fit your needs.
- To make your gift card box stand out from the other wrapped wedding gifts, wrap it brightly in your wedding colours and/or place a simple sign on top reading, "Please insert cards here."
- You can turn the box so the slit faces out or up.
- To open the box after the wedding, simply unwrap the box and cut the tape.
- To further decorate the box, add flower petals, stringed pearls or large monograms for the bride and groom.
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