Making an Art Piece / Jewelry Box


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 1/20/14* 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 at the moment but within a few weeks should have some options available for those of you who would like to purchase one.

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.


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


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)


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


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  4. Siddhy

    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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  6. kapa

    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.

  7. steve

    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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  12. Catherine

    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!

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  18. Julianne

    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!!

  19. Amy Schucknecht

    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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