- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
This weekend, I made the card box for my wedding with the generous help of my mom and sister! We had fun making it, following the tutorial of amw511s. I decided to document my process to include some of the little tips we figured out along the way!
I used 2 round paper maché boxes to make my card box – 33″ on the bottom and 31″ on the top. You can use square, round, 2 boxes, 3 boxes, whatever your heart desires!
To begin, I cut out a circle using an exacto knife in the base of the top tier, leaving a 1/2″ rim to glue to the bottom tier lid. Then, I cut a circle out of the lid of the bottom base, again leaving a rim so I could glue the base of the top tier to it. Just be sure it’s big enough for you to fit a card through it! Lastly, I cut a rectangle in the lid of the top tier for the card slot – this was 1/2″ wide x 7″ long.
Paint, paint and more paint! We painted each piece with “light ivory” acrylic paint with sponge brushes, and used about 2 small bottles. Each piece took 3-4 coats – be sure you put on light coats as the paper maché is liable to bubble with too much paint (but it will be covered by lace, so it’s not a big deal). We waited a few minutes between each coat to let it dry a bit
After each piece is dry, we attached the lace to the boxes. I bought 1 yard of lace from Joann Fabric and we had some left over, probably not 1/2 a yard left, but a good amount. We used Scotch Super 77 Spray adhesive as amw511s recommended and it worked perfectly! You certainly want to have something down when you do this, as it seems to get everywhere and is super tacky.
We covered the lids first as they were a little more difficult. To do this, we laid the lace out and put the top tier lid on top, cutting a circle around the lid, leaving about 1/2″-1″ extra lace around the perimeter. On the protected surface, we sprayed the top of the lid and put it down in the center of the lace, making sure it was smooth. Then, we sprayed the sides of the lid bit by bit, cutting small slits in the lace as needed to be sure it laid nicely around the sides. Next we sprayed the inside of the lid lip, wrapping the lace around the edge to secure it. My mom came up with the clever idea to use wax paper here to push down the lace and make sure it sticks, otherwise it will eventually just stick to your fingers. Worked perfectly! Lastly, we cut out a slit down the middle of the lace on top of the card slot and adhered it on the underside. We did the same for the lid of the bottom tier, except cut out the circle of the opening.
For the bases, we cut the lace to the height of the box with a little extra to wrap over the top and bottom. We sprayed the entire box all the way around, laid out the lace and rolled the base over the lace, like a tire, as amw511s suggested. Again, we sprayed inside each box and made little slits as needed in the lace to make sure it laid nicely – and did the same with the underside.
After allowing the glue to dry, we attached the ribbon to the base of the top tier. I used 1.5″ ivory satin ribbon. We found that spraying the ribbon directly left spots and the ribbon was taking on the texture of the lace if we sprayed the box, so we glued on the first tail, wrapped it around without glue and tacked the other tail on top of it with a glue gun.
Using the glue gun, we put dots of glue around the 1/2″ rim of the base of the top tier and glued it to the lid of the bottom tier, making sure it was even all the way around.
Going with the feel of our wedding, I used pearl trimming on my card box. We used pearl trim with adhesive on the back from the scrapbooking section. Pearl trimming from the sewing section were either too yellow or too white for my taste. We used about 2.5 strands for each box, making sure the last strand would be in the back as the spacing wasn’t perfect. We put the lids on each tier to be sure the pearls were below the lids, not getting in the way.
Attach a flower(s), bow, brooch, whatever you would like. Step back and admire your handiwork!