Madigan made… a simple card box for her brother’s wedding.
I love weddings! You get to enjoy food, music and dancing… and, of course, you watch your loved ones make an important step and commitment in their lives, too. Well, my brother married his fiancé this past fall in Cincinnati. It was a fun wedding for a fun couple and I loved their venue. The wedding and reception was on a hilltop across the river from downtown Cincy with a gorgeous view of the city.
Here are Tim and I at the reception and a photo of the skyline behind the ceremony area.
The scene looked pretty at night, too, with the city all lit up.
My brother and his fiancé asked me to make their card box for the gift table and I was happy to help. Their wedding colors were black, cream and a very deep purple.
As you can see, the back of their invitation even included the city skyline view from the venue. I was inspired by their colors and the skyline when I made the card box. I found a deep purple paint color (a sample size from Lowes) and used pearl accents in a scattered pattern to sort of mimic the city lights.
The box was a pretty simple design… and while it took some time, it was easy to make… let me show you.
Simple & Elegant Skyline Inspired Wedding Card Box
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- Two Paper Mache Round Boxes , one bigger than the other
- Spray paint, gray primer
- Spray paint, glossy black
- Purple latex paint (I used Valspar’s Poetic Purple)
- Box cutter
- Straight edge
- Painter’s tape
- Hot glue
- Wooden clothespins
- All Purpose Craft Glue
- Adhesive Stickers, White Pearls
- Card stock, in cream and black
- Crafty cutting machine or a paper circle cutter
- Scrapbooking adhesive
- Small wedding saying stamp & stamp pad
- Foam Mounting Dots
First, I used tape to mark off a slit in the center smaller lid for a slot for cards. I used my craft knife to cut the slot out. Then, on the bottom of the larger box, I cut a flap that could be used to remove the cards later.
Next, I traced the shape of the smaller box as it sat on top of the large box. I drew a smaller circle about 1 inch inside that line on the larger box lid and cut out that hole. On the bottom of the small top box I cut out a circle about 1 inch from the edge of the box.
Then, I went outside and painted the lids of each hat box with gloss black spray paint. I also sprayed the bottoms of the two boxes with gray primer.
Once dry, I brushed several coats of the purple latex paint over the bottom sections of the two boxes. After that was dry, I turned on my hot glue gun and assembled the boxes.
First, I needed to attach the small bottom box to the lid of the large one. I applied dollops of both hot glue and general craft glue around the opening on top of the bottom lid. I sat the smaller box on top and used a bunch of clothespins to hold the two pieces together until the glue dried (it took a couple of hours). Once dried, I removed the pins.
Then, I needed to attach the lids to each box. I again used dollops of both hot glue and craft glue around the very inside edge of each lid and then pressed and connected the boxes together and let dry.
Finally, I decorated the outside of the box using the pearl adhesive stickers. I placed them in a scattered and random pattern up the sides to semi-mimic starlight.
Then, I used my craft cutting machine and cut out two circles of card stock with black and cream paper (making the black paper slightly larger). If you don’t have a cutting machine, you also could use round paper punches or a paper circle cutter. I used adhesive to attach the cream paper circle to the black one. Then, I stamped a saying on the cream paper: “For the Newlyweds”. I used foam dots to attach the mini-sign to the box.
I loved how the pearls contrasted against the deep purple hue of the box. The stacked boxes were otherwise kinda plain and I thought that simple detail was needed. Plus, I loved how the pearls remind me a little of a skyline or stars… and that great view from the venue that night of my brother’s wedding.
This craft idea can be adapted in many ways. You could make a card box like this one to coordinate with your wedding or event colors. And you certainly could use other decorations like buttons, glitter or other kinds of stickers around the outside. A box like this one is a simple way to bring a few DIY details to your wedding!