I created this card box “wedding cake” as a centerpiece for my friend Judith’s bridal shower. It was inspired by a picture I found on the web under Martha Stewart’s website. There was no DIY there but I really liked the look and wanted to personalize it for Judith, and you will see that it is very easy to personalize with colors and initials for the bride-to-be in your world, too. Below is my DIY instructions in 10 easy steps – let me know what you think, and if you try it, come back and share some pics!
(mine were all purchased at Michael’s, but are available at any other craft store I am sure):
3 cardboard boxes with lids, from large to small
2 wooden birds
1 moss table runner
1 bag assorted moss
white acrylic paint
roll of pink glitter tape
1 pack of pink glitter letters
one bag spanish moss (not shown, but this is to make the bird’s “nest” on top)
screws (optional – to hold the birds in place)
Step 1: Start by working with the largest box, which will be your base. Remove the lid. First, use a box cutter to cut a slot in the box to allow for cards. If you have a card to give you an idea of how wide you’ll need to make it, use that for a reference, but you can always just eyeball it. This is sort of like carving a pumpkin.
Step 2: Unroll your moss table runner. (Warning: pieces of moss will come off of it, so be prepared to vacuum later.) Turn the box around to the side that will be the back, and using crazy glue, glue the runner to the box. Align the bottom of the runner to the bottom of the box – you can cut the excess from the top when you are finished. You don’t need to glue every square inch – a single line of glue running vertical every few inches as you work your way around should do the trick.
Once that is complete, use your scissors to cut the excess off of the top.
Step 3: Take your glitter tape and stick it to the lid of each of the boxes. Replace the lid of the largest box, and use your scissors to cut an opening in the moss where the slot of the card box is. You should now have something that resembles Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy’s would be monster child. Do not be afraid. It will get better.
Step 4: Repeat step two for the very top, smallest box, but not the middle box. (You are going to paint the middle box white to give the piece some contrast and have a place for your initials to stand out.) When you are finished going all the way around with the moss, cover the top of the lid of the largest box with moss, and the top of the lid of the middle box.
Step 5: Paint the middle box white. Luckily, because this is acrylic paint, it will dry very quickly.
Step 6: Now, paint your birds. You can do this any way you want, but I left the wings and beaks wooden to give them some depth and keep with the natural look of the card box. Once your birds are dry (again, it will be quick) assemble the entire box and balance the birds on top:
*Note: I wanted to keep the birds in place, but still allow my friend to remove them for when she ships it/travels for her wedding. To do this, I placed them where I wanted them, then added a single screw in between the “toes” of each of the birds. This allows you to slide the birds in place and remove them easily. Also, it works out that they store perfectly in the middle box :)*
Step 7: Add the extra moss. You can get creative with the placement, but you can see from the picture at the very beginning of this post where I placed it for the finished piece. Play around with the placement until you get it where you want it, and then use the glue to keep it in place.
Step 8: Make the nest. All this takes is pulling some pieces from the Spanish moss and making a circle around the birds. (Again, see the very first pic.) Glue as necessary. This does not have to be neat or perfect – think of an actual bird’s nest. You know, like what my hair looks like on a 90 degree and humid day. Remember, it is a “natural” looking piece, so don’t feel pressured to make it exact.
Step 9: Using your letters, add the initials of the bride and groom:
Step 10: Give your birds some eyes. You will see that there are little pieces that “pop out” of the letters, such as the holes for the “A” and the ampersand symbol – don’t let these go to waste. Use these as the “eyes” for your birds!
There you have it! A bridal shower centerpiece, cardholder, and keepsake all in one. One last note: you can keep all of the boxes in place by adding two screws: one holding the bottom of the top box to the lid of the center box, and one from the bottom of the center box to the top of the bottom box. I just wouldn’t recommend gluing them in case the bride needs to disassemble the box at any time.
What do you think? Let me know if you try this!