(Closed) Give me pros/cons on card boxes – cover with fabric, paper or paint??

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

From what I’ve found, the pro on fabric is, you get a bunch and you won’t run out but it takes a lot of messing around to get it perfectly set on the box…especially if you are doing certain patterns (Glue gun is your bestfriend!!). Also, if the cardbox lid is seperate, you have to take inaccount it shutting right where fabric is bulky.

With paint, it’s great to just slap on and paint different sections at a time, except if you are mixing colours, make sure you mix more than enough because it’s almost impossible to duplicate the mixed colour exactly. You also gotta remember that paint will draw a shade or two darker (especially acrylic) than it wet.

Anyways hopes that help!!

Post # 4
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just did my three tier fabric covered card box. I used round boxes. I have two different fabrics (middle layer is different fabric). The round is quite easy to cover. However, you have to think of seams. Anywhere there is a join or a cut, is the fabric going to fray, can you see it, so on.

I did double layers on two of the tiers (I know, crazy, right?) and the box has only taken me about three days whil watchin TV after work. I probably used about two hours of full time concentrating over the course of that time and I used the stinky clear craft glue, not a glue gun.

I am SUPER happy with my card box – I will grab my pics when i get home today. I think it looks amazing with the fabric. I couldn’t find paper otherwise I was going to go that route, but I got way more texture and softness with the fabric.

Painting = too hard for what I wanted to achieve. You would have to add a clear layer to get a gloss finish and thats more work!

Good luck!

Post # 5
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you are comfortable using wrappering paper, go right ahead. I have seen some pretty cardboxes wrapped with wrapping paper.

Or, you could avoid the whole thing by using something else for your cardbox- a bird cage, suitcase, beach lantern, mailbox etc.

Post # 6
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I think the biggest issue I’ve had and seen is when people rush through them and don’t take the time to make sure the fabric or paper and ribbon is smoothed out and tight enough. Hot glue dries pretty quickly and can leave some bumps as well as end up showing right through the fabric. Make sure you have plenty if time to do it as well as plenty of trim and/or embellishments to hide whatever seams or gaps there may be. Attaching the boxes when stacked was the most difficult and time consuming for me as well as making sure nothing got dirty.

Post # 7
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Firefighter_Bride:  I tried putting fabric on my card box and it was a total disaster!  I could not get the fabric smooth and I HATE bunched up fabric.  And when I was able to get one piece smooth, the glue from my glue gun melted right through it.  Ugh!

So I went to Lowes and bought high gloss spray paint and it worked perfectly.  It provided a even, smooth and shiny finish. 

I’m at work now, but I can post a photo of my still not completed card box that way you can see what it looks like. 

Post # 9
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mudratdetector:  I choose the high gloss because that was the only shiny type that was available at my Lowes.  I by no means would go with the regular spray paint as it looks very dull.  But if your looking for a satin finish, then try the satin finish spray paint. 

I intend to post a photo of my card box around 6:30 this evening… so if you can hold off until then, atleast you will have a better idea of what the high gloss looks like… and you may just want to purchase it.Smile

Post # 10
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I spray painted my card box.  It was so easy and hardly took any time at all.  Plus, I am the spray paint queen!  I then wrapped a little fabric around it and tied a tulle bow on top to soften the square box up a little bit.  Super easy and super inexpensive!

Post # 11
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How about none of the above? I bought a file box from Wal-Mart that was already the perfect color. It’s very simple and probably not at all the style you want, but I like it and it was easy!

Post # 13
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mine was painted… here’s a few photos.  I made mine kind of textured with the paint brush to aviod brush strokes going all different directions.

Post # 15
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mudratdetector:  Here is my partially completed card box.  I tilted it to the side that way you are able to see the shine. 


Post # 16
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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