We love jewelry, so we have a lot of it to keep organized. When we found a fun and funky jewelry box at Anthropologie, we wanted it! It had wonky drawers and mismatched vintage knobs. (Take a look yourself – Here’s our pin of Anthrolopogie’s Jewelry Box.) Super cool but also super spendy! Too rich for our blood!
So we made our own instead. And we even made it a little better by adding lace accents and silver beads for feet. Here’s what we did and how we did it!
How To Make A Whimsical Jewelry Box
5 Wooden drawer boxes, 7.5”x4.5”x1.5” (We found these called “Wood Book Box with Drawer” at Hobby Lobby)
Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in these colors:
Beetle Black #32082, Vanilla Bean (brown) #32069, Slate Gray #33509, Wedding Cake (white) #32076, Chestnut Brown #32070
Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Pure Platinum #32992
Mod Podge Gloss
5 Vintage-looking drawer knobs (Ours are by Tim Holtz idea-ology and are called Curio Knobs. We also used The Paper Studio Spare Parts Metal Knob and Woodpile Metal Handles in antique bronze.)
4 Large silver round beads
Lace ribbon, 1.25” wide
Here’s What To Do To Make The Whimsical Jewelry Box
1. Paint a base coat of gesso on all the drawer box sets (that’s the drawer plus the surrounding box). Paint the drawers inside and out. Next, paint one drawer box set white, one gray, one chestnut, one brown, and one black.
2. Attach the knobs. If your knobs don’t require screws, you can glue them on. For knobs that require screws, measure the front of the drawer to find the center. Drill a hole, then screw on the knob. (It’s not hard at all.)
3. To add a lace pattern to the front of a few of the drawers, use the lace as a stencil and dab silver paint through it. Here’s a video we made showing how we did it.
Here’s a video showing how we stenciled through the lace.
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To stencil through the lace, cut a piece of lace to fit the drawer front. Paint a layer of Mod Podge Gloss onto the drawer front, lay the lace across the drawer front, then paint a layer of Mod Podge Gloss over the lace.
This helps keep the lace in place and helps prevent the paint from seeping under the lace edges. Let the lace dry completely.
4. Dab the silver paint through the lace. (Don’t use too much paint.) Let the paint dry completely. Peel the lace up. Some of the Mod Podge that was under the lace might still be wet. Not to worry! Just let it air dry and it will dry clear.
5. To assemble the Whimsical Jewelry Box, stack the painted drawer boxes on top of each other, offsetting each one from the box below it. If you like, you can swap a few of the drawers. We think it adds to the whimsical look! Glue the drawer boxes together.
Finish the Whimsical Jewelry Box by gluing four beads to the four corners of the bottom box to act as bun feet.
We lined the drawers with scrapbook paper and glue dots, but you could use fabric instead. What do you think? Isn’t it cute? What else would you do to add a touch of whimsy? Leave us a comment and tell us your fun ideas! And remember if you have any questions you can post a comment and we’ll respond. We’d love to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
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