Despite working for a craft company, at the beginning of my planning process, I never expected to have so many handmade wedding elements. After I started adding up all the costs for save the dates, invitations, reception décor, etc. I knew that I could make so many of the pretty things I had on my “want” list. I left the big things to the pros and my mom and I started crafting as many things as we could. I saved a ton of money and was able to look at and be proud of my DIY creations throughout the entire day!
I have a few wedding crafts to show you, but first up is my tiered fabric covered wedding card box. While scouring the web for wedding ideas, I found a company that made custom card boxes that looked like tiered wedding cakes. I fell in love with the beautiful designs…then I saw the price tag. About $50 per tier! I said no way and decided that is definitely something I could do. Here’s a side by side of the “designer” card box and my DIY box:
- Nested Paper Mache Boxes (I used the 6/8/10/12/14 inch set)
- Spray Adhesive
- Fabric (I used purple, black and damask print)
- X-ACTO Knife
- Bling on a Roll
- Self-Stick Rhinestones (optional)
- Decorative Cord Trim (optional)
*NOTE: Sorry for my lack of photography skills on the step out photos. They are not the normal pretty photos you are used to seeing from our design team!
First things first – decide what theme and fabric you want to use and how many tiers you want. Damask print was my main theme and my colors were black, white and purple and I knew I wanted 4 alternating tiers.
I started with the second smallest paper mache box and cut the fabric based on the perimeter of the box. Each box – except the top tier – only need the four sides to be completely covered in fabric. Start by spraying half of one side of the box with spray adhesive, and then place your fabric over the adhesive and smooth out with your hand. NOTE: While using the spray adhesive, make sure your table is covered with newspaper or an old cloth – it is extremely sticky and is a pain to remove from surfaces.
Working on one side at a time, continue spraying the paper mache and smoothing out your fabric. You do not have to do anything special when the two ends of fabric meet – the seam will be in the back and will not show (unless you plan on having your card box placed where it will be seen from all sides).
After the sides are covered, secure the loose fabric by spraying a small amount of adhesive and folding the fabric to the inside of the box.
Pictured above is my top tier – this tier had the most fabric covering the top because it was going to show the most. The tops of the other boxes will not show so you do not need as much fabric folded over the top.
After my top two tiers were covered, I moved on to the second largest tier – the tier with the opening for the cards. Using one of the box lids, trace the opening. Carefully cut the rectangle out of the paper mache box with a craft knife.
Using the box with the card opening you just cut, trace its perimeter onto the lid. Draw another box, about one inch inside the original trace lines, so you can create a ledge for the box to sit on.
Now, the hard part is over and it’s time to embellish! You can add any details you would like.
Since my fabric was bold, I kept it somewhat simple. I had our names and wedding date embroidered on the fabric covering the bottom tier, added a decorative trim along the bottom of each tier and added rhinestone gems to the plain top tier. The white topper is made of 3 coffee filter flowers.
This card box can be customized to any theme and is not only great for weddings – it would be a wonderful addition to a milestone birthday or anniversary party!