DIY Wooden Wedding Card Boxes

by Kabrina McLaughlin

Items you will need

  • Wooden wine crate with hinged lid
  • Hard-bristled brush
  • Microfiber rag
  • Wood cleaner
  • Pencil
  • Notepad
  • Photographs of the bride-to-be and groom-to-be
  • Photo-safe glue
  • Scissors
  • Card and envelope
  • Pen
  • Acrylic or other thick paint (optional)

Planning a wedding requires creativity, energy, patience and money. How much money is, of course, up to you. Sticking to a budget is possible when you decide to skip the pre-made extras and opt for rolling up your sleeves and making something yourself. A project that is appropriate for even the most inexperienced DIY beginner is a wooden wedding card box. Accept those well-wishing cards, including the ones with cash gifts, in a craft of your own creation.

Prepare the Crate

Step 1

Open and empty the wooden wine crate of any bottles or other items stored inside, if applicable.

Step 2

Remove any bottle-securing inserts.

Step 3

Brush any dust or large particles out of the box with the hard-bristled brush.

Step 4

Lightly coat the microfiber rag with the wood cleaner. The cleaner can be store-bought or homemade.

Step 5

Wipe the inside of the box, including the lid, with the rag until all remaining dirt is removed.

Decorate Inside Lid

Step 1

Select a group of photographs, of various sizes, of the bride-to-be and groom-to-be. Include photographs of each individual as well as pictures of the bride-to-be and groom-to-be together.

Step 2

Use the pencil and notepad to sketch where on the inside lid of the crate you want to place the photographs. You can design a collage of overlapping photographs or choose a few pictures to place in specific spots on the inside of the lid.

Step 3

Apply photo-safe glue to the back of the first photograph and place on the correct spot of the inside lid of the crate. Repeat this process for the remaining photographs.

Step 4

Step away from the crate and walk past it once or twice to see what it looks like at different angles.

Step 5

Add photographs to any glaring empty spots, if applicable. Trim the photographs with scissors if needed.

Add Finishing Touches

Step 1

Insert the greeting card into the matching envelope.

Step 2

Write the name of the wedding couple on the front of the envelope.

Step 3

Apply glue to the back of the envelope.

Step 4

Affix the envelope to the bottom of the wooden wine crate. This starter-card will inform guests that the decorated wine crate is the wedding card box without having to label the crate in any way.

Step 5

Optionally, you can add the names of the bride-to-be and groom-to-be, and the wedding date, on the front of the wine crate using a thick paint.

Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

About the Author

Based in New York City, Kabrina McLaughlin began writing and editing catalog and Internet sales copy for FAO Schwarz in 2002. McLaughlin's travel articles and reviews appear on the travel website Eurotrip. She works as a content management associate for health publication company Smart+Strong and was a student at the University of Arizona's Bachelor of Theater Arts program.