AKA ‘check out my box’
I’m a big fan of not spending $35,000 on a wedding. My second (and favourite…so far) wedding was a simple ceremony held on a little rocky outcrop overlooking the scalloped beach below. Waves crashing against islands scattered throughout Brisbane Water in the distance . I was married in jeans, a cheesecloth shirt and FABULOUS shoes. There was no stress, little expense, and we were able to spend the morning sightseeing our way down to the ‘venue’ with family who had never visited the Central Coast before. It was the most relaxing and memorable day. Ten guests, lots of love and laughter and only a little bit of drunkenly setting fire to a napkin at the reception. Accidentally. Accidentally setting fire to a napkin; the word accidentally is integral to the situation and often overlooked by my husband as he retells that anecdote.
A friend, for whom I will be a bridesmaid for in October, posted on Facebook that she would like someone to make a box for her cards to be put in at the wedding. The post was accompanied by a shared picture from the DIY Weddings Central Coast Facebook page.
Eager to be helpful and, to be perfectly honest, just as eager to have an excuse to break out my hot glue gun, I was all over that like a stressed out mother on a bottle of wine.
A quick trip to kmart to purchase the box and a not so quick trip to spotlight to gather roses and I was ready to begin.
The hardest part about this project is deciding how you want your flowers to look. I opted for an alternating pattern that would create a nice, slanting line of each colour. I did consider a randomly placed effect, but I was concerned the bride’s OCD would kick in and cause her to have a nervous tick.
Place the flowers around the outside edge of the lid of the box if you’re going for the same look as mine, alternating the colours. Make sure you’ve got the same number of roses down each vertical edge and each horizontal edge. Mine held 13 roses horizontally and 10 roses vertically.
Hot glue in place once you’re happy with the look of them. Continue on your merry way filling in the pattern with the rest of the roses until the whole lid is covered. Give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate not burning yourself for a change with some sauteed mushrooms, chorizo and scrambled eggs for brunch.
Print out the letters for CARD, or whatever you want it to say. If you’re going to cover them in ribbon as I did, you’ll want a fairly basic font. If you want a fancy font, an alternative is to buy some wooden lettering and paint it. To get the ribbon covered effect I have used, cut the lettering out that you have printed.
If at this time you feel a bit of pain emanating from your hand, look down and discover the source of your pain is the torrential amount of blood pouring from your finger. It is best not to question how you managed to hurt yourself on the blunt part of the scissors, it is bound to make you feel a little special and inept. Place band aid on finger so as not to stain your pretty pastel project and replace every time it is soaked through. Soldier on, this is crafting, there are bound to be casualties.
Use your handy glue stick to stick the letters to some corrugated cardboard from a reclaimed box that has most likely been cluttering up your shed just waiting for an occasion like this. Make sure there is no printing on the side that will face out for obvious reasons.
Use an art knife to cut the letters out.
Now use these as templates to create another set. Glue these together to create one thick super-letter. A gluestick will be fine for this, it will all be held together with ribbon, hot glue and love soon anyway. Congratulations, you are ready to start covering them in ribbon.
To avoid having raw edges showing, cover the ‘feet’ of each letter first. To avoid creases in the ribbon and to work around awkward areas such as the middle of the ‘A’, use short lengths and hot glue at the back rather than one continuous length. The ‘A’ above has the ‘feet’ covered (you can see the ends of this poking out from under the horizontal lengths) and four smaller lengths wrapped around and glued at the back. Next I covered the edges of the cross piece and wound ribbon horizontally over it. Continue on and hope for the best. You’ll be fine.
Around the curved edges, switch to using the narrower ribbon. You will get a much nicer finish.
Tip for beginners: Best not do this in your onesie. Large gaps between buttons can lead to the following text needing to be sent.
To impede the speed at which you can create your project, you may find this is the point at which the glue stick in your hot glue gun will become quite comfortable where it is and require you to move it along in teeny tiny increments with a pen shoved down the end. Chalk it up to another casualty and soldier on. There is crafting to do.
Once the letters are finished, you are almost there. All that is left to do is arrange them on the lid to make sure you’re happy with the positioning before you use your recalcitrant glue gun to secure them there permanently.
All that you have left to do is to add the final embellishments. Grab your tweezers, beads, stamens and wire to bring it all together. I threaded beads on to gold wire, twisted off the ends to secure them and glued them in place. The tweezers are important here as they will keep your precious skin from falling victim to very hot glue and allow you to position the embellishments perfectly, hiding the glue and raw edges.
Now lets take it one step further and bring it all together. I used the remaining roses plus a few beads and sprays to decorate two of the inside corners of the box.
And there you have it. Your personalised, wishing well/cards box for your upcoming nuptials.
Whatever your style, this is a DIY wedding project that can be adapted to reflect your individual personality. Fill the lid with pokeballs, Marvel character logos or pearls; just make sure it screams ‘this is the day I dreamed of’.