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February 27, 2015

One of my absolute favorite wedding details to get creative with is the guest book. You only have to make one, so it’s not a huge task and all your guests get to interact with it – which means it’s a small detail that will make a large impact. I’ve shared many ideas on creating unique ways to commemorate all the guests that attended your wedding, but I’m totally crazy about this one. I’m BIG into sending cards and snail mail of all kinds, so having the correct addresses and info for all of my most favorite people is very important to me. If that sounds like you then you might want to consider creating this awesome Address Book – Guest Book for your wedding! Since gathering this type of information can be daunting, why not take advantage of all your favorites being in one place and let them do the work for you. Also a great idea for a bridal shower gift or guest book!

DIY address book - guest book
DIY address book - guest book
DIY address book - guest book
DIY address book - guest book

SUPPLIES:

  • wooden “recipe” box
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint in your favorite color
  • Martha Stewart Crafts “condensed alphabet” adhesive stencils
  • Two colors of cardstock
  • Pens and jar to hold them
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors or Cricut Explore
  • Our FREE design downloads at the end of the post!
DIY address book - guest book

Start by painting (or staining) your wooden box.

DIY address book - guest book

I used MSC Metallic Gold, Summer Linen and Caribbean Blue for this project. I did two coats of each paint color.

DIY address book - guest book

Address Cards:

While your box is drying; download, print and cut your address cards. My free design downloads are available at the end of the post. Simply print onto 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock and trim on the lines provided.

DIY address book - guest book

They are simple and chic; perfect for any style event. Both designs have been specifically sized to use with this 6″ x 4″ recipe card box from Michaels.

DIY address book - guest book

Alphabet Dividers:

There are two options for this step:

  1. Download our pattern design below. Print onto regular 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock and cut out. Simply trace those designs onto your colored cardstock and cut them out; you’ll need 12. *There are only two because you just flip the first design.
  2. Let your Cricut Explore do all the hard work for you. That’s what I did. Search “recipe card dividers” with the Design Space Software to find these templates and more.
DIY address book - guest book

I used Cricut files: #M471CC, #M4491B, #M45B9D – to cut these dividers. I also used the writing feature to add the alphabets to these dividers.

DIY address book - guest book

Here is a guide to how I divided the alphabet.

DIY address book - guest book

Using the Stencil

Mask off any painted area of your box to protect it from the stencil paint.

DIY address book - guest book

I did the word “ADDRESSES” but you can do whatever you’d like.

CRAFTERS TIP // This stencil set doesn’t have multiple letters so you’ll need to stencil a few times. To keep the spacing correct, I like to use a random stencil (that of course I don’t paint) to hold the spot – that’s what I did here with the X.

DIY address book - guest book

The great thing about these stencils is they are self adhesive and can be washed and used over and over.

DIY address book - guest book

Because of the irregular surface texture of the wood box, I chose to very gently paint the stencil with a soft brush. If you pounce or press too hard paint will leak under the design.

DIY address book - guest book

Remove each stencil right away as you don’t want paint to dry on them and to your project.

DIY address book - guest book

I like to place them on top of the package they came in and clean them with a wet-wipe. Quick and simple, since I’ll need to use them again right away.

DIY address book - guest book

Finish the word by adding the remaining letters.

DIY address book - guest book

There you have it – an awesome, custom address card holder!

DIY address book - guest book

Add your address cards and dividers into the box.

DIY address book - guest book

Then create a darling set up for your wedding day!

DIY address book - guest book

This cute little sign is available for download as well.

DIY address book - guest book

Even if you are already married, this would be a fun quick project to update your files!

DIY address book - guest book
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DIY address book - guest book

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DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Something Turquoise Photography for SomethingTurquoise.com // DIY tutorial and free downloads: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts: paint in Caribbean Blue, Summer Linen and Metallic Gold, paint brushes, stencil tape, and “condensed alphabet” stencil courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living // wooden recipe box, turquoise and white cardstock: Michaels.com // fake flowers: AFloral.com // turquoise pens: Poppin // **the little bride and groom picture clip was from my wedding 8 years ago and I couldn’t find it online for you, sorry!


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