These DIY vintage boxes add such a personal touch to your wedding. You can use old books of a favourite love story that you feel depicts your love for one another. Themed wedding, Romeo and Juliet, a little Nicholas Sparks anyone? Perhaps you are both freelance writers or have a passion for English literature? See, there are so many ways these boxes can be incorporated into the theme of your wedding.  They look like they were much more costly and are even portable, just slip a store-bought plastic or Styrofoam cup inside and no one will be able to tell what’s inside once you put your flowers inside.  You can even use the lids of the box to create pedestals.

paper covered boxes

This project would be most ideally started at least 1 month prior to the wedding. The following guidelines will provide you with enough materials to make 50 boxes in various sizes.


  • Twenty 3-inch square cardboard gift boxes with lids
  • Twenty 4-inch square cardboard gift boxes with lids
  • Ten 5-inch square cardboard gift boxes with lids
  • One 250 Page or more vintage book with 6 by 8 inch pages.


  • Wax paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


How To:

  1. Set up your work area in a well-ventilated space. Cover the surface of your working space with wax paper. Remove lids from boxes and set aside. Sort your boxes according to size.
  2. Cutting up the Book: Using your craft knife score down the spine of the book and slowly start removing the pages separating them as you go.
  3. Covering the Boxes: While wearing your rubber gloves, apply a light coat of the spray adhesive to one side of a page from the book. Align the left edge of the page against the edge of one side of the first box. Wrap the page around to the second side of the box, Apply adhesive to another page and position the page on the second side of the box so that it overlaps the first page and wrap to the third side of the box. Add pages to the third and fourth sides in the same way. Use your craft knife to trim the paper smoothly at the top and bottom of the box (or line each of these with ribbon) Continue doing each step for each box until all the boxes are completed.
  4. Covering the Lids: Use your ruler to measure the height of the side of a lid. Cut a page that is larger than the lid on all sides by 1 cm larger than that measurement. Center the top of the lid on paper prepared with spray adhesive. Cut into each corner and wrap each side into the inside of the lid kind of like how you would wrap a present!