DIY Jewelry Box Decor…It’s Not What You Think!
One of the things I love best about interior design is being able to think outside the box.
I love taking something simple and turning it into a completely new idea! It doesn’t hurt when that idea saves time and money! Such is the case with today’s DIY Jewelry Box Decor Project.
When we were finishing up with my mom and dad’s three space makeover, I was looking to make original statements throughout that were interesting and that anyone could do. There was a small wall in the dining room that needed some decor and that’s where this project began (the wall to the left).
Empty dining room walls desperately in need of some love!
I was milling around Michael’s Crafts and stumbled across these laser cut jewelry boxes (see below). I loved the detail on the tops and immediately knew I wanted to use them somehow. I bought 2. They sell several different designs. The one pictured below is one example. The top and bottom of the boxes were held together by 2 small hinges (you can see them on the left). They’re easily removed with a small Phillips head screw driver or even the tip of a paring knife.
This is the before. Source: Pinterest
Once the top and bottoms where separated, we stained the tops using some leftover stain from a previous project.
Once both tops were stained, we were pretty much done. Not much elbow grease required! We used a small nail and hung the jewelry box tops on 2 pieces of mdf (medium density fiberboard). The mdf pieces were scraps from previous projects (we painted one large piece (24″x 24″) the same accent color we’d used throughout the spaces and wrapped a smaller piece (12″x 12″) in scraps of curtain fabric).
24 x 24 mdf square—we used a nail-gun to hang it on the wall.
We repeated the same process with the 12 x12 wrapped fabric pieces.
Stained jewelry box tops placed on mdf pieces!
Bam! Project complete…or so I thought! I honestly wasn’t planning to use the bottom of the jewelry boxes. As far as I was concerned, the beauty was all in the tops!
However, there was another small empty wall in the foyer that needed a small touch, so we ended up staining the bottom of the boxes, nailing them to the wall, and placing these small white porcelain figurines of ‘lovers’ we found at Dollar Tree in each one. To keep the figurines from falling we used a bit of Gorilla Glue on the bottom and sat them firmly in place! After about 30 seconds of holding them down, we knew they weren’t going anywhere…ever!
Stained jewelry box bottom.
Boxes on the wall.
This is beauty on a serious budget. Admittedly we had a lot of materials on hand for this project. In fact, the only money spent was to purchase the jewelry boxes for about $6 a piece. However, even if you were buying everything new, it would cost under $35. Not bad when you consider we got 4 projects out of it!
You really see the full affect in both pics (above & below).