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DIY Wedding Card Keepsake Book

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Create a sweet wedding card keepsake book to hold and display cards from your wedding day. Use a binder and cover it to match your wedding colors. A fun craft to do after your wedding!

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Handmade wedding card book lays next to flowers, coffee and wedding cards.

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I’m excited to share a new tutorial with you – how to make a wedding card keepsake book. This is a great project to do after your wedding – in my case four years after my wedding, but better later than never! I have had a box of wedding cards sitting on a shelf for the last four years and I’ve often thought what do you do with wedding cards? I decided to create a sweet wedding card book to save and display them in!

There are lots of fun ideas on Pinterest of ways to save your wedding cards. Some of my favorites involve a metal ring in the corner which allows you to flip through all the cards. While I really liked this idea, I wanted something that could sit on a shelf next to my wedding photo albums. I decided to use a mini-binder which was the perfect size for cards and easy to customize to match my wedding colors.

While the mini-binder has the perfect dimensions for cards, it is important to note it can only hold so many. Depending on the size of your wedding or how many cards you received you may need to make two – or choose a larger binder.

Wedding card keepsake album lays next to a stack of wedding cards.

Below is the tutorial if you want to create one for yourself. The best part of this project was going through the cards and re-reading them. I hadn’t looked at them in a long time and I am so glad I saved all of them!

Wedding card keepsake album lays next to a stack of wedding cards.

DIY Wedding Card Keeper

Supplies Needed for DIY Wedding Card Keepsake Book

I chose to cover my binder because the one I found was bright purple and covered in pineapples! If you find a binder that is already the colors you’d like you can skip covering it in paper and just decorate it and add your cards. You can also choose to cover part of it in floral paper that coordinates with the color of your binder.

Small purple binder with a gold pineapple pattern on it.

Step by Step Tutorial

Step One: Cover the top of the binder.

The binder I found that was the right size for my cards was a bright purple pineapple binder so I knew I wanted to cover it. I chose to use two different sheets of a paper, a floral paper and a coordinating periwinkle color. The solid periwinkle color covers the top of the binder and floral paper starts on the cover and wraps around the album covering the back.

Start by cutting the solid color paper so it measures 5/8″ larger than the binder on all three sides. Trace around the binder cover with pencil.


Piece of periwinkle paper lays underneath the cover of the binder.

The extra 5/8″ paper will be wrapped around the binder. I decided to mitre the corners of the paper so they looked nice from the inside of the binder. To do this, mark 1.25″ from the top and bottom of the paper on the outside edge of paper. Draw a diagonal line connecting your marks to the corner of the outlined cover.

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Cut the squares from the top and bottom corners following your traced outline of the cover.

Piece of periwinkle paper with the corners of the paper cut out on one side.

Score the paper along all three edges and gently fold them in.

Three edges of the paper are scored and folded inward.

Glue the cover to the top of the binder using a glue stick or double-sided tape. Start by adhering the top and bottom edges. Next, fold along the diagonal lines you drew tucking in the corners, then adhere the outer edge. Press the edges down until they are secure.

Periwinkle paper is wrapped around the front of the mini binder, the top and bottom tabs are glued down.

The corners are tucked in, folding along the diagonal lines drawn.

The front of the binder is neatly covered with periwinkle paper.

Step Two: Cover the rest of the binder with patterned paper.

Cover the remainder of the binder with the second sheet of decorative paper. Prepare the piece of paper in the same way you did the first sheet. I cut mine so the paper would wrap around the binder and show 1.75″ on the top of the binder. Make sure if you have a patterned paper your paper is going in the right direction – you’ll notice in one of these pictures my pattern is upside down! (I had to redo it, luckily before it was stuck down!)

The back of a piece of floral paper marked with an outline of the binder.

When you are ready to glue the paper to the binder, start with the edge that shows on the top of the binder. Glue this down in place. Then move on to the three outer edges and glue them down the same way you did the first piece of paper. While the glue is still wet, close your binder so the paper can shift if it needs to. If you wait to close the binder until after the glue has dried, the paper may tear.

Floral paper is attached to the binder, wrapping from the front to the back.

The binder is open showing the neat edges of paper that have been wrapped around it.

The edges of the paper wrapped around the binder have been mitred.

Step Three: Add decorative ribbon.

Use a piece of decorative ribbon to cover up where the two papers join together on the cover. I used a roll of sweet wedding-themed ribbon, but any ribbon that coordinates with your paper will work!

Black ribbon that reads "tie the knot" covers the seam where the two papers join.

Inside the binder the ribbon is adhered.

Step Four: Add lining to the inside of the book.

I love this part because it makes everything look so neat and crisp inside the binder! Measure how large your lining should be. I used two sheets and slid the inner edge under the metal binder rings. I marked where the binder folds so I could score and fold my lining along that line as well. This was necessary to keep the lining in place and intact when you close your binder. I created the lining to show 1/8″ of the cover paper along the edges. Glue the lining down using a glue stick, being careful to gently push the lining into the fold line and close your binder as you press it down. 

A piece of gray floral paper lays on the inside cover of the binder and is marked with pencil

A piece of gray floral paper, folded on the inner edge lays on the inside of the binder.

The inside of the binder is covered with the silver floral lining.

Step Five: Decorate the cover!

Decorate the cover of your binder any way you’d like. You could use scrapbook paper, stickers, scrapbook ephemora or something leftover from your wedding. I used some adorable bride and groom cupcake toppers left over from my wedding shower. 

Wedding binder lays next to two bride and groom toothpicks.

Bride and groom toothpicks attached to the cover of the binder.

Step Six: Add your wedding cards!

 I created a template on a piece of card stock to help mark where my hole punches should go in each card. I placed my hole punches 1/8″ in from the fold of the card. 

**Update: I used a single hole punch to manually punch all of my holes. You could use an adjustable 3 hole punch, as one thoughtful reader pointed out, to make things easier. This would be especially helpful if you have lots of cards!

A piece of cardstock with three holes punched out is used to punch holes in a wedding card.

Wedding cards are added to the binder.

Wedding card keepsake album lays next to a stack of wedding cards.

Wedding keepsake book.

The best part of this Wedding Card Book is that it can sit on our shelf next to our other albums! I love the floral paper and how easy it is to flip through all of our cards!

Handmade wedding card book lays next to flowers, coffee and wedding cards.So this post wraps up my week of wedding posts! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did! You can check out all of my Wedding Crafts for more ideas. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Happy Crafting! -Kim

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    1. That’s a great tip! I actually have this same hole punch at home, I just opted to do it by hand. Using a 3 hole punch like this would definitely make things easier, especially if you have a lot of cards! Thanks for visiting :)

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