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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Homemade Trinket Boxes
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This Valentine's Day, turn an ordinary pine box into a beautiful keepsake trinket box. Fill the box with a special gift, such as a few Hershey Kisses, or hide the engagement ring inside this box and pop the big question on Valentine's Day. Either way, this box is sure to make your loved one feel spoiled.

finished box

Approximate Time: one hour

Yield: one trinket box

Supplies:

  • pine trinket box sized 9 x 5.5 x 4.5cm
  • silver mirror word
  • one 1" high cerise pink wooden heart
  • pearl seed beads
  • cerise pink felt
  • acrylic paint in the following two colors: mother of pearl rose pink and white
  • Heritage Gloss craft varnish
  • paintbrush
  • standard scissors
  • small screwdriver
  • clear-drying wood glue (such as Qualigrip)
  • clear-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)

Steps:

  1. Use the screwdriver to remove the hinges and the lock unit.
  2. screws and hinge after removal
  3. Add a layer of wood glue to the top of the lid.
  4. Place the mirror word and wooden heart in position.
  5. Cover the rest of the lid with seed beads, carefully gluing the beads all around the mirror word and heart. Remember to check that at the edges the beads fit in nicely.
  6. top of box with mirror word, heart, and beads
  7. Give the bottom part of the box an uneven wash with the mother of pearl rose pink paint and allow to dry thoroughly. Do not paint the inside of the bottom part, as this will be covered with felt. Also give the remaining areas of the lid an uneven wash with the mother of pearl rose pink paint.
  8. Now add an uneven wash with the white paint to all the areas painted in the previous step and allow to dry thoroughly.
  9. inside of lid and bottom of box after painting
  10. Cover the inside of the box with felt. Make sure that the felt is glued thoroughly into all the edges and corners.
  11. inside of box with felt lining
  12. To protect the paint from wear and tear, add a layer of water-based varnish to the box. Do not varnish the top of the lid.
  13. Replace the hinges and lock unit.
  14. view down on finished box
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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.

Finished box.

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.
  2. Top and bottom of box.
  3. Paint the outside of the box with the mother-of-pearl rose acrylic paint.
  4. Painting outside with mother of pearl rose acrylic paint.
  5. Allow to dry and add a second coat.
  6. Turn the box around and paint the inside of the box in the same way.
  7. Rub the outside of the box with the candle on the areas where you want to add an aged look.
  8. Paint the outside of the box with the antique bronze acrylic paint and allow to dry.
  9. Box and lid with bronze paint layer.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Antique finish on box and lid.
  13. Use the mother-of-pearl rose acrylic paint to add a bit of color to the words.
  14. Glue the words on one side of the box. This side will now be the front of the box.
  15. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  16. Spray the outside of the box with the spray varnish. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area when spraying the varnish.
  17. Allow to dry.
  18. Turn the box around and spray the inside of the box with the varnish.
  19. Now to work on the lid: Lightly sandpaper the whole lid, and dust well with a dry cloth.
  20. Paint the top of the lid with the mother-of-pearl rose acrylic paint.
  21. Allow to dry and add a second coat.
  22. Turn the lid around and paint the bottom of the lid in the same way.
  23. Rub the top of the lid with the candle on the areas where you want to add an aged look.
  24. Paint the top of the lid with the antique bronze acrylic paint and allow to dry.
  25. Use the sponge to give the bottom of the lid a wash with the antique bronze acrylic paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  26. Sandpaper the top of the lid lightly on the areas where you have applied the wax.
  27. Use the mother-of-pearl rose and plum acrylic paints to add detail to the daisy.
  28. Glue the daisy to the top of the lid.
  29. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  30. Spray the top of the lid with the spray varnish and allow to dry.
  31. Turn the lid around and spray the bottom of the lid with the varnish.
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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.

Candy-Striped Trinket Box

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Create this trinket box to hold your good luck charms.

Lid with foam shamrock attached.

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Three differently painted 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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