Weddings are expensive and I am a huge advocate of decorating on a budget.  Just like so many other brides, I have kept a healthy balance between buying new things and DIYing for my upcoming March wedding.  For me, it is important that I include as much sentiment as possible which led me to come up with a great idea for my card and gift box which will sit out during our reception.  I remembered that I had my grandparents old suitcase that they traveled with when my mom was a child.  They are no longer with us so I think this will be a great way to have a piece of them there with me on such an important day.  Being that it is vintage and unique, what better shell to use for my card box than a family heirloom?

Materials Used:

Everything I used to make the box were sitting around my house except for the gold banner flags.  I found them at Target and paid $4 for an 80″ banner.  You can find them by clicking here.

The vinyl letters are from Hobby Lobby and cost about $5.99

A friend of my mom gave me the tulle so I honestly have no idea where it is from but know from past purchases that the cost is very little.  You can find it at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Joanne’s.

Extra twine was used to secure the banner on the back of the suitcase and I purchased a roll at the Dollar Store.

The spray paint is a shimmer metallic silver by Krylon.  I generally purchase my spray paint at Home Depot or Lowe’s because sprays are a lot less expensive there than at most craft stores. Paying $3.99 vs. $7 sounds good to me!

How To:

  • While still on their sheet, spray paint the vinyl letters and let them sit for about 30 minutes to dry.
  • Peel letters (try not to scratch the paint) and stick them in the center of the flags
  • Weave twine through the holes of the flags
  • Wrap twine around the box and knot the ends together to secure them.  I didn’t want to ruin my suitcase so I tied the twine but if you use a wooden box or any other material, feel free to hot glue the twine or use tiny screw-in hooks to secure the ends.
  • Lay tulle flat in the bottom of the box as an added touch
  • Lastly, as decoration, I placed a card in the box that has “Love” written with a gold metallic pen. Also, the envelope and card are my actual wedding invitation.  I thought it was a cute way to stay in theme and make use of my extra cards since I over ordered invites. Oops!

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xoxo

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