How to: Make a $10 Card Box
By jackieandtom | posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:53am
Making a card box is fun and easy. Follow these steps for a unique card box made by you!
After looking around town for an inexpensive card box, all I was left with was realizing I have to make yet another DIY project. Luckily for me, this one was SUPER easy and it cost me only $10! I’ll go step by step through the process of how I made my card box if you would like to try tackling making your own. It was so easy, cheap and fun- I would highly recommend it!
Here is a list of supplies you will need:
-Cardboard hat box
-1 ½ inch ribbon (The type with the wire on the edges for easy bow making)
-double sided tape
Step 1: Look for a large box that will work for a card box. I ended up purchasing a large round hat box at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. It came out to be only $6! It was bright pink with a damask print so I bought some ivory spray paint to paint it with- $3!
Step 2: Cut a hole in the box. (For all you Saturday Night Live lovers, it sounds like I’m about to go into a song with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg but I’m not! LOL!) Seriously, cut a rectangular shaped hole in the top of the box so that it is large enough to fit a card. The cardboard on the box I purchased was quite thick so I had Tom use a box cutter to cut through after I drew the line. A tip we found was to use a flat edge like a magazine or a ruler while you are using the box cutter to get a perfect and straight line to guide the cut.
Step 3: Spray paint! We used ivory spray paint to paint the box. We let it dry overnight and the next day we were good to go.
Step 4: Use ribbon to decorate the box. I used Dollar Store 1 ½ inch ribbon to decorate the rest of the box bringing me to my $10 budget. I first used super glue and went around the circumference of the box where the bottom of the box and the lid meat each other with the fist layer of ribbon. I then went around with a second layer of ribbon to cover where you could see the super glue coming through. Next I used the same ribbon to cover the hole on top of the box so it had a nice clean edge. I used double sided tape to fasten rather than the glue so it would not show through.
Step 5: Make a pretty bow out of the leftover ribbon and use it to jazz up the top of the box. I had no clue how to make a bow so I watched on YouTube. In these instructions she uses wire to tie the bow but I just used extra ribbon. Bow Making Video
Step 6: Ta da! You are left with a beautiful card box!!!