Post # 1
Option 1) Bird cage: Fiance is Japanese and we’re incoporating 1000 origami cranes. I thought about hanging a few cranes inside the birdcage using clear fishing line.
Option 2) Tree trunk: We’re also adding a subtle touch of rustic nature. I think this tree trunk card box is really awesome, but I have no idea if it’s DIY-able or where I can buy one. I found a few on Etsy, but it was pretty much a round container with tree bark glued on the outside. I want a real tree trunk that’s hollow inside. Do you know where I might be able to find this?
Post # 3
@missjo117: Bird cage!
Although I have that trunk inspiration in my binder. I like the added origami!
Post # 4
Where can I purchase an inexpensive bird cage? I wanted to buy one from Michael’s with their 50% off coupon, but they don’t have them in stock and won’t have them until next spring…
Post # 5
Unless you know someone who is skilled with woodworking tools, I suggest you stick to the birdcage. Even if you find a stump cardbox online, the shipping might be prohibitive.
Here’s an old post about the same wooden cardbox that has instructions on DIY
Post # 6
They have lots of different birdcages at save-on-crafts.com
Post # 7
I was going to vote for tree trunk until I saw the part about the Japanese cranes in the bird cages. And then I couldn’t decide! Either option will look amazing. For the bird cages, is there a Joanne’s fabrics near you? Or a TJMaxx Home Goods or Ross? I found a bunch of great wedding things at stores like that. But it was pretty hit and miss. As for the tree trunk – maybe contact a tree trimmer/stump removal company? It would be easy enough for someone handy to hollow that out.
Post # 8
not sure if there is one near you, but i bought our birdcage from Hobby Lobby for $30.
Post # 9
Personally, I like when the cards are not seen.
For the tree stump, I think that the wood must have been hollowed-out artificially, because I have a forest in my backyard and I’ve seen hollow peices of wood, and you couldn’t find a perfectly matching cap for it. the little bit on the side is easy to make: just a slice of a branch attached on and write or burn the name letters. the little card hole in the cap would be easy to make with a jig saw.
OVerall, I know nothing about building, but I could easily make that card box….the only mystery for me is how to hollow=out the stump.
Post # 10
I got my birdcage at Garden Ridge for around $20 then spruced it up. That was a few months ago, though.
Post # 11
ok, here’s a (maybe) really dumb question–
I’ve seen birdcages like that and thought about getting them, but how do you make sure all of the cards will fit through the slots? Do you have to do some metal-reworking? All the cages I saw had slots no bigger than 4 or 5 inches long, and surely some cards will be bigger than that!
Post # 12
I was about to vote for the tree trunk option but then changed my mind due to practicality. If you knew someone who could make it for you, I would say you should go for it, but I think the bird cage will look equally cool and is much more of a realistic option for you.
Post # 13
I like birdcage and it’s useable later on.
Post # 14
I’m really torn between the two options…I like the bird cage, but Fiance prefers the tree stump…
@BeanPod & @joeyness11: Thanks! I’ll def check out Homegoods and Hobby Lobby!
@red_rose: I didn’t even think about that…but I think most birdcages, especially the decorative ones, have slots big enough for the cards…
Post # 15
@missjo117: I got a birdcage card holder from Oriental Trading company for $20.
Post # 16
Just read Mrs. FroYo’s post about this tree stump card holder…The person who actually made this commented about how her & and hubby made it. Omg, seems like way too much work…If my Fiance really really really wants it, he can put in the labor!!!
“This is actually a stump from my wedding! It did take a long time to make but we loved the results, so it was worth it. We started with a five foot stump cut with a chain saw. Be sure to choose a soft wood tree! This was too tall so we cut it down to about 4′. Then we cut a slice off the top and I used a chisel to cut the slot in it. Then my husband used a chainsaw to get the hollowed part started. We tried using bits on a drill to cut bigger circles and this helped but didn’t solve the problem. So we just chiseled and sawed our hearts out! We lined it with some poster paper because it was very rough on the inside and we didn’t want cards to get caught and block others from falling down. Then we nailed the top on. This also made it very secure. It was very heavy but 2 men were able to carry it. For the front we just cut a slab off another tree and used Old English to write our initials on it.”