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.


January 10, 2015 Flag
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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.

Total Time: one hour

Yield: one trinket box


  • 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)


  1. Use the screwdriver to remove the hinges and the lock unit.
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  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. 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.
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  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. Cover the inside of the box with felt. Make sure that the felt is glued thoroughly into all the edges and corners.
  10. 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.
  11. Replace the hinges and lock unit.
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January 15, 20150 found this helpful

How cute!

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January 16, 20150 found this helpful

Thank you, rozpoz1977! :-)

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September 27, 2013 Flag
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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.

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December 1, 2011 Flag
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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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March 13, 2010 Flag

Create this trinket box to hold your good luck charms.

Lid with foam shamrock attached.

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November 30, 2007 Flag

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

Approximate Time 30 minutes each



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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June 15, 20080 found this helpful

I love the painted boxes. My stick figures are so bad, no one knows what they are (hahaha). Instead of drawing I decoupage on the box with pages from old magazines or any thing that looks interesting. Collage is a great way to use up old paper scraps.

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