Post # 1
So, Bees, I’m screwed. Here I am, 6 days before my wedding trying to slap together a card box. Admittedly, I’m not a DIY person. So I’m really not sure why I put off making this card box, when I’ve had the materials for months now…….
I’m using paper mache boxes, satin fabric, and spray adhesive (bad choice, my fingers area all stuck together as I type this). I only did the bottom layer, but it already looks like crap.
What do you think? What did I do wrong? I ended up with some weird fabric bunches left that wouldnt sit flat on the box, so I tried to make them pretty. But, I have no idea what I’m doing.
Should I scrap it and start over with some sort of paper or a different type of fabric? I can probably salvage the box since i only used the adhesive on the inside which won’t show anyway, but I won’t be able to salvage the satin if I take it off.. Or should I somehow try to make the bunches work? I thought I could add a lace overlay to hide the bunches, but I’m pretty sure it’s not going to help. Or… does anyone know a card box maker that can get one to me in 5 days? 😉
FYI the ribbon is just a place holder for now, I planned on a less sheer, yellow ribbon, but I haven’t bought it yet.
Post # 3
@PrincessBride27: You’re cutting a circle wide enough to cover the whole box, yes? To stop the bunching, you could cut a “pie piece” out of it, starting from dead center. There would be a seam but you could put that on the back.
Otherwise, you’d have to cut a piece to just cover the top, then an piece to go around the sides, which would give you a seam around each top.
If you don’t mind the “draped” look, you could just do the part around the side but have it “overhang” on the top. Basically, cut a rectangle that is long enough to go around the box and wide enough to cover the sides + whatever amount of the top isn’t covered by the next box. Spray glue the sides first and wrap the fabric around. Then do the top. It will be ruffled on top, but it could look ok.
Post # 4
Even this close to the wedding, I’m sure you could find an Etsy seller who would be willing to do a rush order for you. Might cost a bit more, though. Otherwise, I voted for paper. It will create much smoother lines, no creasing, especially if you use glue dots or tape so the paper doesn’t get wet and wrinkled. Might be a bit cheaper but more time and effort for you. Best of luck!
Post # 5
I couldn’t figure out the card box either…so I just got a nice hat box from Hobby Lobby and put some pretty filling in and a sign that said cards. It was easy and looked polished. I guess if I wanted to go for the “gift” look I could have added a bow.
Sorry I can’t be of more help! Good luck!
Post # 6
First- if you are not DIY, don’t force it so much. 🙂 Just scrap the fabric idea (fabric can be confusing if you aren’t used to it) . Buy a few tiny cans of spray aint from a hobby store (michaels or hobby lobby) and spray your boxes in the colors you want. Do this outside, and let them dry outside where they can vent out.
Then, cut your card slit, stack them, and tie them with ribbon from top to bottom.
Cute, right? You can add a decorative ribbon across the midline of each box/tier as well, for more visual interest. It should be pretty simple.
Post # 7
ps- don’t try to cover it with paper. It will be nearly as fussy as fabric. Just paint that sucker! XD
Post # 8
Just go to Michaels and grab one! Not worth the stress! Half my guests didn’t even see the card box!
Post # 9
I agree that if you want to use the fabric, than you should cut a pie piece out. But here is another option:
JUST PAINT THE BOXES!
Post # 10
Got everything at Michaels. $12.00 total
At this stage of the game and those were my boxes,I would keep them the color they are, buy some very wide pretty ribbon, and wrap around the box. Secure with glue gun. Tie some pretty bows and add a flower.
Post # 11
Can you just paint the boxes white, and use a ribbon that isn’t see through and wide enough to cover the lids of the boxes completely so you wont see the joins?
Post # 12
Do you have a pic for what you want it to look like? Or the style of your wedding (vintage, formal…)? It would help with ideas on how to do it. For DIY there are no goof-ups, just artistic liberties!
Post # 13
Thank you everyone for the input! I think I have officially given up and will be ordering one off of etsy instead. I’m not sure why I thought I could even figure this card box thing out… and especially not within the last week when there are more important things to worry about, like practicing my vows!
Post # 14
Good for you. Less stress and like you said more time to focus on the more important things. Have an amazing wedding. Good luck.