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May 12, 2011

Antique-Look Jewelry BoxBy using paint techniques and a heat gun, give an ordinary wooden jewelry box an antique look.

Approximate Time: 2 hours

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Instructions:

  1. Sandpaper the whole box thoroughly inside and out.

  2. Burn the outside of the box, as well as the lid, with the heat gun. Also burn the inside of the lid. Be careful not to linger for too long on any one place with the heat gun, or to bring the heat gun too near the wood, this will cause damage to the wood.
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  3. Once again sandpaper the whole box. The grain and the knots of the wood will now appear darker than the rest.

  4. Draw a flower design on the lid of the box.

  5. Paint the design with the acrylic paint.

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  6. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

  7. Crumple up the old rag, wet it in the turpentine and then dip it into the gold paint. Then make light circular movements with the rag over the box, so that gold paint will be applied unevenly all over the box.

  8. Dip the rag into the turpentine again and then wipe off some of the gold paint. Concentrate on the areas where one would expect wear and tear to take place in the everyday handling of the box. This will give the box a weathered look.

  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the pink paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  10. Paint a border design and allow to dry.

  11. Use the sandpaper again and sand away some of the paint on the places where one can expect the box to be touched during everyday use. Also lightly sand the border design and the floral design to add to the weathered look.
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  12. Cover the inside of the box with felt. Make sure that the felt is glued thoroughly to all the edges and corners.

  13. Lightly rub furniture oil on the whole outside of the box.

By Benetta from Pretoria, South Africa

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 408 Posts
June 25, 2011

With the help of simple, easily obtainable materials, and with a little ingenuity, a small, ordinary little box can be transformed into a quite presentable jewelry-box.

view of box top with white beads added to complete design

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September 12, 2000

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.



Are there any other readers that have made jewelry boxes themselves that I could get some suggestions from, or maybe a website that could help me?
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Melissa

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December 2, 20000 found this helpful
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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.

KayD

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August 31, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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Tina

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By Lynne (Guest Post)
December 30, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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August 1, 2000

I'm already starting a bit of my Christmas shopping for this year, and for the 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. Are there any other readers that have made jewelry boxes themselves that I could get some suggestions from, or maybe a website that could help me? Thanks!



Melissa

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December 1, 20000 found this helpful
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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 unfinshed, 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 progects in their catalogue.

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July 7, 2021

My daughter has a huge collection of necklaces. We've tried various ways of organizing them and then came up with this customized jewelry cupboard which stores 50 necklaces.

The completed Custom Made Jewelry Box

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December 12, 2016

This is a page about making a recycled plastic container jewelry keeper. Reuse those small pretty containers to keep your jewelry organized.

Recycled Plastic Container Jewelry Keeper

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