DIY Wedding Advice Box

A cute thing to set out at a reception is an advice box with small note cards.  Guests can write their words of wisdom for the bride and groom to read later on.  Some of these will be serious notes and others will most likely be more humorous.

An advice box is another one of those perfect diy projects.  They are easy to make and when you make your own, you can customize it any way you want it without paying a premium for someone else doing it.

The box doesn’t have to be big.  You will probably be placing it next to a guest book or card box holder so think about your space requirements when you are planning your box size.

I am going to show you how to make a small box that is about a four inch square with a lid.  I simply bought an unfinished pine box from Joann for about $3 plus I of course had a coupon!  It holds 3 1/2 inch heart cutouts perfectly, which is what I am using as the advice cards.

Here is the finished advice box:

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Instructions For Advice Box:

Materials Needed:

  • 4 inch lidded pine box
  • wood burning pen
  • round wooden disc
  • white acrylic craft paint
  • 3 1/2 inch heart die cuts
  • heart stencil
  • pencil
  • E6000 craft glue (or any good tacky glue)
  • paint brush

1.  With the wood burning pen, make thin streaks across wood in random spots to resemble the lines in birch bark.

2.  Using a heart stencil, trace a heart on the inside lid with pencil.

3.  Go over the heart outline with the wood burning pen.

4.  Write the word Advice inside the heart with a pencil.  Trace over the word with the wood burning pen.

5.  Paint the craft box with a thin coat of white craft paint, going right over the wood burned streaks.  Do not paint over the wood burned outline of the heart.  Just paint right up to the outline.

6.  Customize the round wood disc any way you want such as burning your initials.  Glue this to the front center of the box.

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