So my lovely son's lovely fiance saw these boxes that folks are pretty in love with on Pinterest. They are using them to collect cards and cash at the wedding reception as well as showers and the like-like this one-found on Amazon.
Did you notice it sells for 65.99 PLUS $15 shipping? Well Lovely Jean sure noticed that. She mentioned that surely someone could make on for less than that! Oh lovely Jean! Challenge accepted!!
DD and me were at the dollar General Store a couple of weeks ago and we checked out the frames there.
Cute frames, but still kind of pricey even at 50% off when you take them times 4.
So we went with these frames from the Dollar General Store.
I bought a board at Lowe's that was 11 1/4" inches wide and had them cut it into squares for me.
I'm so glad I have some power tools! I sanded the edges and smoothed the boards out. I'll use one for the bottom, I'll cut one out for the top and then use the 3rd one for the lid. It's a PLAN!.
I figured I'd assemble the cut out top first so I'd be able to work on the bottom from the inside-great PLAN!
So I cut a slot in the top and my wonderful SIL came over and drilled a 3/4" hole for the lock.
4 frames.........................$16.00 from Dollar General
1 board 1X12X4'............$7.26 From Lowe's and I have a hunk leftover
2 packs screws..............$1.96 From Lowe's
2 hinges..........................$2.59 From Menard's
1 lock...............................$4.27 From Menard's
4 ball feet....................... $4.35 I used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby for the balls and had to
TOTAL $36.43 buy hanger bolts to screw into them at Lowes.
So I came out pretty good. I spent probably 4-5 hours in actual assembly and sanding and stuff. And probably 100 hours thinking about how to make it work!!LOL! If you had to buy sandpaper, and a drill and drill bits, and a saw and saw blades and a sander you'd be in the hole for sure. I'll probably still end up painting this-we'll see what LJ (lovely Jean) has to say about it, so there will be a few more dollars added on then.
But it was fun to make and I think if you wanted a rustic look you could use pallet boards and reduce costs there-and if you just made board sides (you could pin photos on the sides-or chalkboard them) and skipped the frames you'd probably save some there too. Still we beat 65.99 plus $15 shipping!!