DIY Monogram Ribbon Buckle Tag – Boxed Wedding Invitations

The invitations have officially been sent! We are now in that sit-and-wait phase as we see little waves of RSVP envelopes come through the mail. It has been a fun part of the wedding process so far.

So, as you know, I’ve disappeared for the past couple months. That is because I’ve been busy creating my own boxed wedding invitations similar to the ones I made for Kiyana Greenwood for her August wedding. I wanted to share with you a cute idea I discovered when trying to brainstorm how I wanted the outside of the box to look. At first I was thinking of a wax seal with our initial on it “G”…but after a few trial runs, I tossed out that option quickly.

Wax stamp seals look beautiful, but they are better for envelope paper than on a fabric ribbon buckle. Plus, they are a big pain in the derriere to finagle. You have to hold the wax stick just right and at a certain angle without burning your fingers from the flame and they never seem to come out just right. I was too cheap to invest in a serious wax seal kit so just had the traditional, cheap wax sticks that you melt over a lighter. I could have practiced the skill until I reach perfection but I lost my patience after the 7th failed attempt and it was a waste of a whole wax stick.

The solution: make my own paper monogram tag.

How to do it:

  1.  Go on Microsoft Word and create a text box with the default black border around it.
  2. Use the Edwardian Script font and make the initial(s) that you want for the monogram
  3. Use clip art or google a “vine” or “vine art” to get the little design that I have at the top and bottom of the tag
  4. Then copy the text box multiple times so that you have as many squares as possible on one page, all lined up to maximize your use of paper
  5. Cut them out
  6. Add some rhinestones
  7. Adhere the tag to a black ribbon you glue together to hide the ribbon overlap/seam

And voila!

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie

I shipped these pretty silver boxes in plain brown mailer boxes to keep them looking nice. I wrapped them in some black tissue paper to fill up the mailer boxes and used a satin ribbon to secure the mailing label on the outside. The USPS allows you to use your own box and your own mailing label like the one shown, just as long as it is fully secure. I used Scotch permanent glue to glue it down (in the photo, the mailing label is not fully glued down). Each box cost around $2.29 to ship…it’s a little steep, but if you made these boxes yourself the total cost including shipping is less than $5, which is around the cost of a regular envelope invitation, plus you get the pride in saying that you made those lovely creations yourself. So worth it! 🙂

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie formal silver

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie formal silver

Mailing label below was not glued down yet in this photo but this is how they looked when they were mailed!

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie formal silver

And this was the inside 🙂

DIY monogram rhinestone ribbon buckle boxed wedding invitations black tie formal silver

10 thoughts on “DIY Monogram Ribbon Buckle Tag – Boxed Wedding Invitations

  1. Hi Lynn! When I first created these invites (for my own wedding), I was equipped with a standard fiskars single sheet trimmer that cost ~ $20 from the local craft store and a regular home printer. I spent about 2 months of time working on 75 invitations here and there during my spare time after hours during a 40 hr work week and on weekends. I now do this as a business on Etsy and have a professional laser paper cutting machine that cuts up to 40 sheets at once and an intense printing machine…and the time has been cut down incredibly!!! Since most brides probably aren’t going to invest in laser cutting machines for their invites, using the basic paper trimmer from the craft store, and enlisting the help of friends and family will help get the job done much faster. There are so many little details to this invitation suite so having even just 1 person helping you out will save time. It’s definitely a labor intensive process, but they really wow your guests!!

      • So sorry for the delay in getting back to you! The current name is “Emilys Enchantments” on Etsy. But we are soon switching over to “Bellevue Invitations” in May and hopefully opening a store in Newport, RI on Bellevue Avenue. I will update a few blog posts as I am SO overdue on posting some DIY videos that I’ve promised. It’s just been hectic with doing invites for everyone’s wedding! Thanks!
        Emily

  2. Hi there,
    Your invitation is beautiful.
    My daughter is getting married in April & I’ve been eyeing your invitation for a couple of months now. 🙂
    We have 8 children so i am definitely going to have to make these myself.
    I have spent hours today looking for these darn boxes & I only could find the 5x6x1 silver ones on Staples. I really would like black ones or maybe even tiffany blue but cannot find them anywhere. Any suggestions (without giving away secrets? :). Im thinking i have to be a business to get the best price out there. 😦

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