DIY: Wedding Wishing Well

Written by edith hignutt
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Wishing wells stemming from medieval superstitions have long been a staple of wedding receptions and showers alike. From wells with slots for envelopes to open top wells for small gifts, a homemade wishing well allows you to tailor it for your specific wedding theme and style. So decide on the modern envelop-top or the traditional open top and come make a wishing well complete with a roof.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Square box for base
  • Large cardboard box
  • 2 cardboard tubes from wrapping paper rolls
  • Craft knife or large scissors to cut cardboard
  • Glue
  • Clear utility tape
  • Clothespins
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Rectangular sponge
  • Bridal-themed or solid-coloured wrapping paper
  • Assorted decorations to match wedding theme

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Instructions

    The Three Main Components

  1. 1

    Choose a square-based box for the bottom of the well. Fold the flaps inside the box and tack down with a few drops of glue. Press firmly until glue sets.

  2. 2

    Hold up one of the cardboard tubes vertically against the outside of the box. Mark the desired height of the roof. Make a second mark 2 inches lower to allow for the slant of the roof. Cut the tube at this mark. Line up the second tube against the first and cut to an equal length.

  3. 3

    Open up the large cardboard box. Take it apart at the side seam, cutting through any tape until you can lay it in a flat single layer.

  4. 4

    Place the box for the well base on top the cardboard. Carefuly trace around the base. Set the base aside. Cut this square out and cut out two more identical ones.

  5. 5

    Draw one diagonal line on one of the flat square cardboard pieces. Cut on the line to create two triangles. These will make the roof ends.

  6. 6

    Place the remaining flat cardboard pieces on the two triangles, one piece on each short side. One triangle should be on each end to create the roof for the wishing well. Hold the roof up by the wishing well base. If you wish to trim the roof to a smaller size, remove small amounts at a time to avoid taking off too much.

  7. 7

    Glue the roof together. Be generous with the amount of glue. Use clothespins to help hold the top together while the glue sets. Do this a piece at a time and allow to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next piece.

    Assembly and Decoration

  1. 1

    Cover the wishing well base with the wrapping paper. Be sure to cover the interior of the box.

  2. 2

    Paint the tubes and the roof a complimentary colour to match the wedding paper or selected wedding colours. Use the sponge to create a mottled effect by dabbing on a second layer of a slightly lighter or darker shade. Alternately, cover the roof or tubes with the wrapping paper.

  3. 3

    Center a cardboard tube upright along one side of the interior of the wishing well base. Use the clear utility tape, being careful to keep the tape to the inside of the box, to anchor the tube securely to the box. Fasten the second tube in the same manner on the other side of the interior of the box.

  4. 4

    Place roof over the cardboard tubes. Do not push down. The roof will sit a little higher due to the pitch. Shift the roof so that it is on straight and not slanted to one side. Anchor in place with the clear utility tape, again being careful to keep the tape on the underside of the roof and not wrap it around to the top.

  5. 5

    Decorate your wishing well as you wish. Garlands and stickers make excellent trims.

Tips and warnings

  • To add an envelope slot, cover the top with a double layer of wrapping paper. Carefully trim and tape in place around the cardboard tubes. Tape each side. With a very sharp craft knife, gently cut a centre slit and then place a small perpendicular slit at each end. Gently fold each edge at the long slit under. Tape if desired.
  • Add decorations that match the bride's flowers or table decorations.
  • Small wishing wells make great table centrepieces. Use them to hold a bouquet of flowers or fill with mints.
  • Allow the glue time to dry completely between steps.

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