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DIY Wedding Card Photo Box

Paige Paige Favors/Gifts, Home & Family, Play, Reception, Wedding

It’s June Weddings!  A subject that you know I LOVE since I was a June bride, and before that I was a wedding planner. June was always my busiest month, and I still love creating interesting and one-of-a-kind items that set your wedding apart from everyone else’s!

Some guests are gift givers…they go to the registry and bring a nice gift all wrapped up for the gift table.  Others simply bring a card, usually filled with fun stuff in it (like moolah), and brides need to provide a place for these to go because believe me…you do NOT want to misplace one of these special cards!  So this is an adorable DIY that will give your guests a place to set their cards, and give you peace of mind that they will be safe! Here is how to get started.

You Will Need:

  • x4 – 8×10 Picture frames – white
  • 1 8×8 Picture frame with 4×4 matting – white (If you cannot find matting, you can also use card stock)
  • 4 8×10 Pictures of the bride and groom (your own printer or any print shop can print these for you)
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • x2 – 10×10 Wood canvases
  • Craft knife
  • Decorative molding (2” high)
  • White satin wired ribbon 1.5” wide
  • Scotch tape

How-To:

  1. Put the pictures that you would like in the frames in first.  After it’s assembled, it will be difficult to switch them out.
  2. Once picture is in, rip off the back stand if your frames have them.
  3. Take the two 10×10 wooden canvases and hot glue them together.  This will be your base.
  4. With hot glue, attach the frames together so that the 8” side is across and the 10” side is up.  Secure all four together so that it makes a solid box.  You will have to do them end to end to assure that they fit together nicely on the 10×10 base.
  5. Take hot glue and glue your new picture frame box to the 10×10 base.
  6. For the top, you will want a slit for the cards to drop in, so remove the glass from the 8×8 frame and discard.  You will not need the glass.
  7. For the 4×4 opening for a picture, you can use a picture or write the word “cards” to let people know what this creation is.  I went for the card option instead of the picture.
  8. Measure a typical card (and go bigger in case you have a large card…or a thick card – those are the best!)
  9. Draw this onto your matting (or card stock) that will fit in your 8×8 frame.
  10. Cut out the slot with a craft knife.
  11. Now here’s a part of the DIY that is controversial.  Many people like the option of having a hinge that can open the top to get out the cards.  Without a lock, anyone can reach in and grab cards.  Since you usually place this card holder near the entrance, it invites lookie-loo’s and sometimes even theft.  That is NOT something you want to worry about on your wedding day.  So I say use glue and glue it all up!
  12. Attach the 8×8 to the top of the structure with hot glue.  This will be off-set a little since the base is slightly larger.  This actually gives this a lantern feel!
  13. Add ribbon to complete the look at the top where the card slot is.

Tips:

  • Number 10 above is a great tip!
  • You can use pictures of your engagement, baby pictures, or just random pictures…whichever you want to share on your big day.  We are using wedding pictures to demonstrate our family members. J
  • If you want to access your cards without ruining the structure of your photo box. Take your craft knife and cut the glue off the top 8×8 picture. Remove the cards and you can put it back on with a picture of the two of you if you’d like to keep it in your home after the big day.

It is Wedding Season here at Hallmark and we want you to share with us all of your Wedding DIYs and inspiration on Instagram and Twitter @paigehemmis 

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XOXO,

Paige

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