How to Make Your Own Card Box for a Wedding Table

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How to Make Your Own Card Box for a Wedding Table
A card box lets guests leave monetary gifts in a safe place. (gift of money image by palms from

Placing a card box on the gift table at your reception ensures that your guests will be able to easily figure out where to put your wedding cards. Making this box yourself allows you to decorate it in a way that complements the rest of the wedding. It's an affordable craft, since you may already have all the supplies you need lying around at home. Be sure to use a box that is closed.

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Things you need

  • Box
  • Knife
  • Cloth or paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers

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  1. 1

    Find a box to use. A simple cardboard box that you already have will be fine, since it will be completely covered. If you want to save the box after the wedding as a keepsake, choose a box with a removable lid so you won't need to tear the box apart to retrieve the cards inside. Be sure to choose a box that's at least 1 foot tall and 1 foot wide. If you're having a large wedding with more than 100 guests, you will need an even larger box.

  2. 2

    Using a sharp knife, cut a slot in the top of the box. The slot should be 1 to 2 inches wide and at least 8 inches long. Make sure the space is large enough by testing it with several different shapes of cards.

  3. 3

    Choose a cover material that matches the tone of the wedding. For instance, using printed wrapping paper is appropriate for a casual backyard reception. For a more formal wedding, use either plain white paper or a luxurious cloth like satin or silk.

  4. 4

    Wrap the box the way you would wrap a gift. If you're using a closed box, pull the paper or cloth smooth and tight against the top and sides of the box to remove any wrinkles. Tuck the excess material around to the bottom side of the box and secure it with glue or tape. For a box with a removable lid, cover the bottom and sides of the box and pull the excess material over the edge and inside the box. Use glue or tape to secure it to the inside walls. Wrap the lid separately, pulling the material under the lid and gluing or taping it in place.

  5. 5

    With your finger, feel around the material to find where the slot is. Use the knife to cut away the material covering the whole slot.

  6. 6

    Wrap ribbon around the box and tie a bow on top like you would a gift. This step is especially important if you're using a box with a removable lid, since it prevents any guests from opening the box during the reception. You can also decorate the box to match the theme of the wedding. For instance, if the bride is carrying lilies down the aisle, tuck a single lily under the ribbon on the top of the box.

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