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Homemade Trinket Boxes

Making a small trinket box will help organize mementos, small jewelery, and other keepsakes. They are also nice to give as gifts. This is a guide about homemade trinket boxes.

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Vintage Trinket Box

Finished box.

Use candle wax and two colors of paint to give an ordinary trinket box a vintage look. Add a few fitting decorations, and you have created a beautiful gift for a special friend without breaking the bank in the process.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Yield: one

Supplies:

  • square wooden trinket box
  • acrylic paint in the following colors: mother-of-pearl rose, plum, and antique bronze
  • white daisy, made from plaster of Paris
  • two small natural wooden words ~ for this project, the Afrikaans words for Faith and Hope were used
  • quick-drying matte spray varnish
  • white taper candle
  • paint brush
  • fine sanding paper
  • a sponge ~ use one that was inside a medicine bottle
  • old dry cloth
  • clear-drying craft glue
  • few sheets of old newspapers to protect the working area

Steps:

  1. Begin this project with the bottom of the box. Lightly sandpaper the whole box, and dust well with a dry cloth.Top and bottom of box.
  2. Paint the outside of the box with the mother-of-pearl rose acrylic paint.Painting outside with mother of pearl rose acrylic paint.
  3. Allow to dry and add a second coat.
  4. Turn the box around and paint the inside of the box in the same way.
  5. Rub the outside of the box with the candle on the areas where you want to add an aged look.
  6. Paint the outside of the box with the antique bronze acrylic paint and allow to dry.Box and lid with bronze paint layer.
  7. Use the sponge to give the inside of the box a wash with the antique bronze acrylic paint. Remember not to use too much paint when using a sponge, as this will cause the paint to smudge. Remove excess paint by dabbing it onto a sheet of newspaper before applying the sponge. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  8. Sandpaper the box lightly on the areas where you have applied the wax. The top layer of the paint will peel away, revealing the bottom layer of the paint.Antique finish on box and lid.
  9. Use the mother-of-pearl rose acrylic paint to add a bit of color to the words.
  10. Glue the words on one side of the box. This side will now be the front of the box.
  11. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  12. Spray the outside of the box with the spray varnish. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area when spraying the varnish.
  13. Allow to dry.
  14. Turn the box around and spray the inside of the box with the varnish.
  15. Now to work on the lid: Lightly sandpaper the whole lid, and dust well with a dry cloth.
  16. Paint the top of the lid with the mother-of-pearl rose acrylic paint.
  17. Allow to dry and add a second coat.
  18. Turn the lid around and paint the bottom of the lid in the same way.
  19. Rub the top of the lid with the candle on the areas where you want to add an aged look.
  20. Paint the top of the lid with the antique bronze acrylic paint and allow to dry.
  21. Use the sponge to give the bottom of the lid a wash with the antique bronze acrylic paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  22. Sandpaper the top of the lid lightly on the areas where you have applied the wax.
  23. Use the mother-of-pearl rose and plum acrylic paints to add detail to the daisy.
  24. Glue the daisy to the top of the lid.
  25. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  26. Spray the top of the lid with the spray varnish and allow to dry.
  27. Turn the lid around and spray the bottom of the lid with the varnish.

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Craft Project: Candy-Striped Trinket Box

I like giving small, personalized gifts to my friends. I am especially fond of giving handmade soap bars that I buy from a fellow crafter. I decided to make this candy-striped trinket box, so that giving a bar of soap will become something extraordinary.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes

Supplies:

  • wooden box with a loose lid, available from most craft shops
  • paint in the following colors: soft pink, plum, and pale gold
    I used Dala Craft Paint, as this paint dries to a smooth matte waterproof finish,
    but any other paint suitable to be used on wood will do.
  • medium-sized paintbrush ~ a 10/32" brush works well
  • fine paintbrush
    I used a 2/32" brush.
  • low-tack masking tape with a width of 0.5 inches
  • fine sanding paper
  • small craft sponge
  • 1 old sheet of X-ray film
  • utility knife (Stanley knife)
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • quick-drying glue
  • approximately 24 pink rhinestones
  • Artline 210 Fineliner pen
  • quick-drying spray varnish
  • old sheets of newspaper
  • an old cloth
  • To finish it off: a piece of tissue paper and a bar of handmade soap.

Instructions:

  1. Sandpaper the whole box thoroughly. Dust well with a dry cloth before starting to paint.

  2. Start off by giving the whole box a base coat with the soft pink paint. Work on a sheet of old newspaper to protect the working area. Remember to use brush strokes that go in one direction and make sure that the insides of the corners are also well covered with paint. Do not paint the outer bottom of the box, though. Inside of Candy-Striped Trinket Box

  3. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

  4. Apply the masking tape in straight lines on the bottom part of the box, carefully ensuring that the spacing between the lines is even.

  5. Use the sponge to "paint" the plum lines. Dab the sponge into the paint, and remove the excess paint by dabbing it onto a sheet of newspaper first, before applying it to the wooden box.

  6. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before removing the masking tape.

  7. Turn the box around and lightly sandpaper any excess paint off the outer bottom of the box, so that the project will have a neat finish.

  8. Draw a picture of a daisy on the X-ray film, and use the utility knife to cut out the stencil.

  9. Using masking tape, stick the stencil to the lid of the box, ensuring that the stencil is spaced evenly from all sides of the lid of the box.

  10. Use the sponge to "paint" the stencil with the plum paint. Dab the sponge into the paint, and remove the excess paint by dabbing it onto a sheet of newspaper first, before applying it to the stencil, so that the excess paint will not seep underneath the X-ray film. Pink flower painted on top of small pink box

  11. Allow to dry before removing the stencil.

  12. Use the ruler and pencil, and lightly mark a frame 0.2" all around the edges of the lid.

  13. Using the masking tape, tape the sides of the frame so that the paint will not overflow, and paint it with the plum paint, again using the sponge to "paint" with.

  14. Allow to dry before removing the masking tape.

  15. Using the sponge, lightly dab some gold paint on the lid, making sure not to exceed the frame. Also dab gold lightly over the plum lines on the bottom part of the box.

  16. On each of the plum lines, paste two pink rhinestones. Use tweezers to more easily handle the rhinestones. Side of Candy-Striped Trinket Box

  17. With the fine paintbrush and soft pink paint, add some detail to the daisy. Add the finishing touches with the Artliner 210 Fineliner pen.

  18. To protect the paint from wear and tear, apply one coat of the quick-drying spray varnish. Remember not to hold the can too close to the box when spraying, and do not spray too much varnish, as this will cause the varnish to run.

  19. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  20. Line the box with a suitable piece of tissue paper, before adding the handmade soap, and voila!

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng Candy-Striped Trinket Box

Shamrock Trinket Box

Lid with foam shamrock attached.Create this trinket box to hold your good luck charms.

Approximate Time: About one hour

Supplies:

  • 57 craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
  • green craft foam
  • scissors
  • craft glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut 3 small hearts and a stem from green craft foam.

  2. Line up 12 craft sticks.

  3. Glue a 13th and 14th stick lengthwise across the top and bottom to hold them together. This will become the top (lid).

  4. Make another set. This will become the bottom.

  5. Add two more sticks on each side of the bottom lengthwise pieces to start building the sides.

  6. Continue adding sticks, alternating the top and bottom with the side until you have eight sticks stacked.

  7. Allow to dry. Box before addition of shamrock.

  8. Glue the 3 hearts and stem on the lid in the shape of a shamrock.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

Tip: Trinket Boxes

Trinket Boxes

Trinket Boxes

Easy hand painted trinket boxes for gifts. Perfect for a Christmas or birthday gift.

Approximate Time 30 minutes each

Materials:

  • small wooden boxes
  • acrylic paint
  • stencils-optional
  • sealer

Instructions:

Either stencil or free hand your design onto box. Paint the design. Let dry, then seal.

By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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