I'm already starting a bit of my Christmas shopping for this year, and for my younger girls I was wanting to give them a small jewelry box and some jewelry. I could, of course, go out and buy a cheap jewelry box, but I'd rather get them something more personalized.
I have made several for friends from plastic canvas. I am very
bad at regular sewing, but find plastic canvas very easy to do.
You can make the size you want, in the person's favorite color
and use a nice design for the outside, or even the person's name
on the lid.
You can make sections in shapes and sizes for rings, bracelets,
earrings, pins, and whatever else. You can make a deep box, make
the section dividers half the depth, and place a lift out top
section, also divided.
You could buy a blank wood box from the craft store and decoupage it with things your girls love or paint it in their favorite color and add stickers. The ideas a limitless. Good luck.
I didn't see your question until today, but I collect used jewelry boxes from my local Goodwill. They are cheap and many are well-made. They can be sanded, painted, decoupaged, beaded, and personalized for very little investment.
Try HGTV and log onto Crafton Village. Carol Duvall did a
segment on making boxes from different thicknesses of
illustration cardboard. These can be modified for all sorts of
sizes and take only a little time to make. It's the decorating
that will take some time. Decisions, decisions.
Get on the web and look under crafts. I am an avid rubber stamper
and I have made many cool crafts (including jewelry boxes) by
finishing unfinished, wooden boxes with a combination of sealers,
rubber stamps and embossing powders and sometimes Chinese papers.
It really depends on what you want to do. PSX (Personal Stamp
Exchange) has some of the coolest projects in their catalogue.
It is the most comprehensive stamp and project site that I have
yet to see. Also go to their links site and see what you can
Alouette - Wasilla, AK
To make a nice inexpensive jewelry box you can go to the craft
stores and buy a wide assortment of sizes and shapes of the heavy
cardboard boxes. Take them home and paint or decorate in anyway
that suits the person. Contact paper works but can be
tricky. These are also nice to put potpourri in, little soaps or
other little things! Good Luck!
My husband made a wooden jewelry box for myself & our daughter. His hobby is woodworking. I've been painting some things on wood & we've been giving them as gifts. Last year he gave 2 nieces a jewelry box, which will be past down through the generations. Kids keep things for a long time & a wooden jewelry box with your ideas painted on it will have a lifetime worth of memories, besides they have all the memories of jewelry given to them.
This isn't small, but I bought a divided case that sits on my dresser with a hinged glass door at Michael's It was $12.00 (on sale) and is sort of antiqued white with a glass knob on the door. It is pretty large and divides and displays my vintage jewelry collection. I love it because I can see all of my jewelry--mostly my pins, earrings and bracelets.
I bought a wooden jewelry tree at a store that was going out of business to hang my necklaces on. I am very happy with this system after trying many different things for many years.
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