It’s A Trap!: Sea Monkey Lobster Trap Card Box

A card box was one of the details that got overlooked. I was so busy planning our wedding, that I forgot about needing one. There will be a huge chunk of time during mocktail hour that Mr. Sea Monkey and I will be away from the dinner area. I knew of a couple of guests who were bringing cards with money, so I needed something to keep it all safe.

I actually found this lobster trap card box that a weddingbee user made for their sister’s engagement party and immediately fell in love with it. It was so unique and fit our beach theme perfectly.

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I knew I had to make one of my own. I had some trouble finding a lobster trap, but finally found one from Be & Me Woodworking on amazon. It is made to be a card holder and was only a little over $60 with tax and S&H.

I found this lobster trap on Amazon.

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I really wanted to go for the distressed look and make it look old and used. I used some acrylic paint from Michaels and painted it to match my wedding colors. I painted both the inside and the outside. I had to use a small brush to get the hard-to-reach areas, but I used a sponge brush on the rest.

I did about 3 coats of paint on both the inside and outside.

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After it was dry, I took a bristle brush, dipped it in paint and then dabbed it on a napkin. Then I used short, choppy strokes to give it the distressed look. Your paintbrush should not have much paint on it at all, for this part.

Make sure to use short, choppy strokes.

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I tried to focus on the areas that would be used the most (edges, hinges, door latch). I used the small brush and the distressing technique to make the metal look rusted.

Those hinges were once shun hand new.

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Then I decorated it with a few fish nets and seashells that I got at Michaels. I laid the remaining nets and shells around it along with the “cards” letters and it is finished.


Even Casper got in on the net action. Personal Photo


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This turned out to be my favorite DIY, thus far. I’m glad I decided to go with a card box, after all.

What is your favorite DIY?

One thought on “It’s A Trap!: Sea Monkey Lobster Trap Card Box

  1. Pingback: It’s A Trap!: DIY Lobster Trap Card Box Part II | Bridal Waves: Riding The Waves To Marriage

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