All Occasion Card Box Upcycle

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I found this wooden comment box at the local Goodwill for $4! I upcycled it just in time for my daughter’s graduation and I can use it for future graduations, weddings, birthdays, showers, and more!

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Here is the original box that I found for $4 at the thrift store. I cleaned it all up to free it from oils, dust, and debris.

All Occasion Card Box Upcycle Video

I painted the entire piece with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in Rich Black. I picked a dark color as I was worried in my past experience with lighter colors those old oil based stains can leak through. Picking a darker color would stop the bleed from showing. As an added bonus one of my daughter’s school colors is black. I let this dry completely.

I bought Plaid wooden letters and painted them with Apple Barrel Multi Surface Black paint for a base coat and let it dry.

I then painted the letters with Plaid Liquid Leaf in the color Brass and let that dry completely.

I glued the letters onto the box with E6000 glue and let it dry.

I finished the whole piece with Folk Art Home Decor Varnish to protect it. I let this dry completely and the box was ready to use.

I’m so excited to have this project to use for so many future occasions.

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  1. Looks like an amazing card box – perfect for weddings too! I made my own card box for my wedding, but wish I saw this tutorial beforehand. Mine wasn’t the most legit box LOL

    Thanks for linking up with Traffic Jam Weekend Linky Party!

    May from

    1. Thank you so much May and I’m absolutely thrilled you like it. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Wow, how cool is this – perfect for collecting graduation and birthday cards at an event!

    1. Thank you so much Antionette, I appreciate it and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, we’re excited to use it this weekend at graduation.

  4. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

    1. You are so very supportive and sweet Marilyn, thank you very much.

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