Making an Art Piece / Jewelry Box

rachel

This is the jewelry box that I dreamed up (literally), my husband built, i painted, we hung, and courtney photographed! I love it because it hides all my jewels, saves space and looks real purty (even though the painting is hardly finished yet).

*Update 12/7/14* This post was casually put out there a while back, since then my jewelry storage art piece has drummed up some interest – thanks buzzfeed. I guess I am not the only one who had a lack of dresser space, a surplus of jewels, and a desire to keep my space looking stylish and neat all at the same time. I know a lot of people are interested in how to make a box themselves or better yet they would rather just buy the darn thing and get their jewelry untangled and put away.

We do not have any to sell but hope at some point to offer them for sale through this blog.

In the meantime for those of you who want to make your own version here are some simple but hopefully helpful instructions on what we did.

Thanks for looking!

Materials:

One 11/32” 2×4 Sanded Plywood Project Panel – $9.45

One 1/8” 2×4 Tempered Hardboard Project Panel – $5.42

Two 1” x 4” 6’ Select Pine Boards @ $6.68/each = $13.36

Hardware:

One 1-1/2” x 30” Continuous Hinge – $8.97

One 64mm Double Magnetic Catch w/Strike – $1.79

Two bags #10 x 2” Wood Screws (4pc) @ $1.18/bag = $2.36

Two bags #6 x 1-1/4” Wood Screws (12pc) @ $1.18/bag = $2.36

One bag #4-40 x 1/2” Machine Screws (8pc) – $1.18

One pack 2” Common Nails (25pc) – $1.30

One pack 3/4” Brass Hooks (threaded) (4pc) – $1.18

Optional: One pack 2” Inside Corner Braces (4pc) – $4.68

Optional: Gorilla Glue (8oz) – $3.83

Total Cost:

$47.37  or $55.88 (optional)

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Step 1: Put your 1×4’s together and make a frame.

Step 2: Attach the sanded plywood panel to one side. Now you should have what essentially looks like a shadow box or deep frame. If you want to attach cross braces on the inside of the frame you totally can.

Step 3: center and attach the hinges from one long side of your frame to the long edge of the tempered hardboard panel.

Step 4: attach the magnetic components to the top inside of the frame and the top of the ‘door’

Step 5: Mark where you want jewelry to hang and then put in nails, screws, hooks, knobs wires etc as desired – just be careful you don’t go all the way through the back.

Step 6: Paint the outside or decorate as desired then screw through the back to attach to the wall (that is what the x’s represent in the drawing) put your jewelry away and enjoy.

Thanks for checking this out and for appreciating creativity!

- Rachel

60 thoughts on “Making an Art Piece / Jewelry Box

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  2. Something else you could add is a small (or whatever size) windowscreen inside. While not the prettiest things, they can be a lifesaver for hanging dangly earrings!

    • We are debating making some to sell. They are a bit of work because it is a painting and essentially a small cabinet, so once we figure out the logistics I will let you know!

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  5. Hi, I’m from Italy! I have so many jewelry that I don’t know where to put it. Your idea is amazing! Hope I will have this box in my future home :D

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  7. It would also be a good idea to have a mirror inside, so that you can try on whatever you want, without having to move around the house.

  8. Nicely done! If one went vertical rather than horizontal, with the hinge on the side, one could incorporate the mirror more easily (thinking in a narrow walk-in closet). And one might consider pegboard for the backing, to allow for more customization. Just tweaks to an excellent idea!

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  13. This is awesome! Have you decided if you are going to sell them? I’d be interested in getting one. If so, please let me know so we can go over the details. Thanks!

  14. Steve that’s such a great point about going vertical to include the mirror! Thanks @WhiskeyDrinkStudio for posting/providing all info on a wonderful idea!

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  20. I showed this to my amazing dad and he built me one almost identical, but instead of a painting, we used a framed picture I took during a family trip, and on the inside, we glued some cork panels so I could pin my jewlery as I want and reorganize it if needed. Thank you very much for that amazing idea, I absolutely love it!!

  21. I also love this. I am thinking of redoing my bathroom and this would go great between my two mirrors. Will you make just the box? Or are you doing them all with artwork. I would just want the base box and willosaic the outside!

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  28. Just found this on pinterest and love the idea! I was thinking for the non-artist getting a engineer print of a photograph and modpoge-ing it on might work also.

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  34. Wow, what an awesome project! The one thing i hate about my jewelry holder is that it’s super messy looking. This cabinet hides them perfectly out of sight while still being functional and rad! Any update on if you are selling them at some point?

    Thanks!

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