An Elegant DIY Wooden Wedding Card Box

Have the wedding invitations started arriving in your mailbox for this summer? Do you plan on giving a cash gift? Here is a unique idea to make your cash gift extra special by setting it inside an elegant wooden wedding card box that is personalized by you. After the wedding, the bride & groom has a keepsake box for wedding photos, cards, and mementos. But if you are planning a wedding, this romantic wooden card box could be used on the gift table for a wedding card holder.

Personalized DIY Wedding Card Box



An Elegant DIY Wooden Wedding Card Box


I'm going to show you how simple and budget-friendly it is to make this elegant wedding card box by upcycling a wooden box from the thrift store. The possibilities for decorating it and adding your personal touch are endless. Whether you find the perfect box at the thrift store or purchase an unfinished box at a craft store, just a little paint and some scrapbook paper will transform it into something beautiful.

Hand Painted Wedding Box For Money

This is the wooden box I found at our local thrift store, it still had the original price tag on it. What doesn't say wedding more than the raised LOVE detail and the photo frame lid is perfect for wedding photos after the big day or engagement photos for the big day.


Wedding Keepsake Box Before Makeover

How to upcycle the wooden wedding card box

I'll show you how easy it is to upcycle the thrift store wooden box in the steps below.

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Upcycled Wedding Card Holder

Step 1 - Prep the wooden box for paint

The first thing I did was remove the felt liner on the inside of the box. The glue was so dry that the felt liner literally popped right out. You may have to tug a little and will have residual glue that can easily be sanded off.

Helpful Tip

Remove the pieces carefully so you can use them as a pattern for cutting the new liner. Label each piece with a pencil to ensure the new liner goes back in the same place for a snug fit.

Wedding Keepsake Box Interior Before Makeover

Once the liner is removed and any residual glue sanded off, give the box a good scrub with vinegar and water and wipe with a clean rag. To give the new paint some bite, lightly sand the wood exterior with 150 grit sandpaper. The black finish on the outside is a perfect base color for distressing later.

Step 2 - Painting the box white

I had some Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Picket Fence leftover from the Funky MCM Bar Cabinet makeover and applied three coats to cover the black finish. I suggest you use a chalky paint for the box.

Before the last coat of white paint dries, use a damp lint-free cloth to wet distress. To do this lightly rub the cloth along the raised details and along the edges of the box to reveal the black finish underneath (pictured below).

Once the paint is completely dry, protect it with clear wax buffed to a matte finish.

DIY Wedding Card Box Painted White

Step 3 - Lining the box with scrapbook paper

I must've spent an hour in the scrapbook paper aisle at Michael's looking for the perfect paper to line the box. Do I go with the black & gold wedding colors or traditional white, too many options to choose from? I finally settled on a wedding typography paper.

Wedding Money Box Lined With Pretty Paper

As noted earlier, I used the original felt liner as pattern pieces and outlined them lightly with a pencil on the back of the scrapbook paper. Cut each piece with a paper cutter or rotary cutter and attach a small sticky note to label where each piece fits in the box.

Starting with the short pieces, brush Mod Podge to the back of the paper with a foam brush and placed them inside. Next, add the long front and back pieces followed by the bottom piece. This part is optional but to protect the paper liner, apply two light coats of Mod Podge over the top of the paper.

Step 4 - Decorating the box with pretty hardware

I had this pretty knob with backplate in my stash for a couple of years that I picked up at Hobby Lobby during a trip over the border. You can read all about that adventure in my post, Canadian Girl's Maiden Voyage To Hobby Lobby.

I measured the front of the box both horizontally and vertically to find the center and drilled a hole using a drill bit the same size as the screw for the hardware.

Wedding Box Embellished With Pretty Furniture Knob

Step 5 - Adding the personal touches to the wedding card box

Normally I will add the bride & groom's names and the date of their wedding onto the top of the wedding card box using this transfer technique. But with this box having a photo frame, I had to get creative on how to personalize the box.

Instead, I choose to decorate by decoupaging the front of their wedding invitation onto the inside of the lid.

Personalized Card Holder Wedding Box

I put the cash gift with the wedding card and slipped the envelope inside the wedding card box. Then I wrapped black & gold tissue paper around the box and slipped it inside a clear gift bag and tied it close with lots of trailing white ribbon.

How pretty is that plain wooden box from the thrift store now! Wouldn't you agree, receiving a cash wedding gift inside a pretty handpainted box makes the gift that much more special?

Here is another upcycled wooden wedding box idea that I made for my son's destination wedding. For our daughter's outdoor wedding I made this rustic wedding card holder that can be used as a caddy later by removing the lid.


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Upcycled DIY Wedding Card Box

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