Homemade Trinket Boxes

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.
  2. Add a layer of wood glue to the top of the lid.
  3. Place the mirror word and wooden heart in position.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Now add an uneven wash with the white paint to all the areas painted in the previous step and allow to dry thoroughly.
  7. Cover the inside of the box with felt. Make sure that the felt is glued thoroughly into all the edges and corners.
  8. 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.
  9. Replace the hinges and lock unit.
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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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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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Here is an upcycled trinket box made with an empty packaging tape roll. The packaging tape roll is very sturdy and makes a great circular shape. You can design this as a trinket box, jewelry box, or a handmade circular box to gift something inside - the possibilities are endless.

Trinket Box - lid leaning against the finished box

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Easy hand painted trinket boxes for gifts. Perfect for a Christmas or birthday gift. Either stencil or free hand your design onto box. Paint the design. Let dry, then seal.

Three differently painted trinket boxes.

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Kids love to collect and save small treasures. Learn how to make a frog trinket box from an egg carton on this page which contains photos and easy to follow instructions.

Kid's Frog Trinket Box - hand holding the finished frog

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