The girls on my holiday list this year are receiving adorable, one-of-a-kind jewelry (or treasure) boxes! So cute and functional. Here are the steps to make one of your own.
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- Wooden box (This one came from Michael's for less than $5)
- Modge Podge
- Small sponge brush
- Decoupage sealant
- Fabric or paper (this size box used 1/3 of a yard of fabric)
- 2 squares of felt
Cut your fabric or paper into different sized shapes and size with your smallest one being about .5"x.5" and the largest about 3"x3". If you're going to use fabric, cut with pinking shears to minimize the fraying (I learned this the hard way!)
Remove metal hardware from the box and put into a very safe, covered container. The screws are very, very tiny and quite easy to lose if the container is spilled (believe me!).
With the small sponge brush, paint on a thin coat of Modge Podge approximately the same size as one of the pieces of the larger fabric. Place the fabric on top of the Modge Podge and push out the bubbles. Put a coat of Modge Podge on top of the fabric or paper. I like to use a lot of Modge Podge so that the fabric is basically soaked. You don't need that much, however, for paper. Repeat this step until the entire top and bottom are covered. Don't cover the inside bottom of the box as you're going to put felt here.
After the Modge Podge has dried for about 24 hours, spray with a decoupage sealer. You can find this in all kinds of finishes including super glossy and matte. This stuff is toxic! Be sure to go outside or, at least, in the garage to use it.
You'll have to do several sessions of spraying because you'll want to make sure all the decoupage is covered. Spray thin layers versus a single thick, globby, runny layer. Allow each coat to dry for at least 2 hours and the finished product to dry for about 24 hours.
This step is absolutely necessary because without it, the Modge Podge will get tacky anytime it's humid as it's water-based.
Put the hardware back on the box. I've found that the screws actually fit better and more firmly if you put a little bit of tackly glue on them before screwing them back in.
Cut pieces of felt that will fit perfectly in the bottom of the box. Glue these piece with basic tacky glue. Consider using a piece of contrast-colored felt for a special surprise inside of the box. I've also used crafting foam for the inside and that's really great, too. The foam is actually easier to work with than felt, but it's a bit more expensive.
TA-DA! You're finished. There are lots of fun extras you can add on the box at this stage including small letters to spell names or special dates, rhinestones, glitter, or sequins.
Remember to leave a comment to be included in the drawing for this fun jewelry box on December 12. Grazie!