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Rustic Cabin Gift Card Holder for a Wedding

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I apologize for some of the video being sideways, I didn't want to edit it since I have been trying to post this for more than 15 months.

I was tasked with creating a box for gift cards for my nieces wedding in August of 2015. Her wedding was at the base of a mountain in NM and was themed with natural greens and a pop of dark purple and the couple loves the outdoors and camping and cabin life.

My problem happened as I was traveling and couldn't find what I wanted locally to make it ahead of time, and i was limited on what tools I could bring because of baggage restrictions. By the time we landed I was getting pretty stressed about this project. I could have done the easy route and just simply decorated a paper mache box, but that is just not Sandy's way of doing things!

The night before it was due I was running from store to store looking for a birdhouse. Thats really what the bride wanted. Home Depot to Michaels to every store in between. i finally went to Hobby Lobby and felt like I hit the jackpot. This project went way over budget but II love how it turned out. 

Some fun notes related to this project: I did this on the breakfast bar of our Staybridge Hotel. The hay and moss made a huge mess. I cleaned up every piece of mess. It was completed in about 4 hours once I got started. The scotch tape you see was removed after the glue was set. Those brass antlers I glued on were quite heavy, they were meant as a wall hook.

Here are some project details, in case you want to make something similar:

By the way, I did "bring my own adhesives" with me on the trip, and snips and a few other basic tools.

The base is 3 glued together cardboard cake bases. Knowing that the glass house would be heavy, I wanted to make sure that the base was sturdy enough to handle the job. 

I pre laid out my ideas before i started trimming the items to fit. 

Start by building some of the base items. I cut my stream and mounted it, and other paper I used to cover the cardboard base.

Next glue on the cabin house. I used E6000, and a lot of it. That house wasn't going to slide down the mountain in a mudslide on my watch.

Fill the inside of the cabin next, because if you do it last you run the risk of ruining your outside landscaping,

I glued some green card stock to the inside of the cabin that I had brought from home. 

The couple love balanced rock sculptures. I added 3 sculptures, but mine were glued in place for transport reasons.

I used spanish moss and a mixed bag of moss types.

The river is a cut up piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper that looks like flowing water. 

The trees were found in the Christmas decorations section of the store. Kind of tough to find pine boughs in the middle of the summer in NM.

Glues used - E6000, Tombo Green Glue, and scotch tape.

Feel free to ask questions. I really am proud of how this turned out. I am not sure what became of it after the wedding, but I would love to make something in our style for our house someday. Right now we just have no surface to put such a thing on. We are actually thinking of starting a Fairy Garden instead. 

Thank you for stopping by and seeing this non Stamping Up! project (there is card stock in there).

Keep being creative, Sandy



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