How to Make a Jewelry Protection Box

Most valuable jewelry requires protective storage to keep out the light, dust, and prying fingers. Good jewelry cases can be expensive to purchase or hard to find. The practical and budget-conscious answer to to make your own working jewelry box for a fraction of the cost of a purchased box and with the added reward that you made it yourself!

Steps

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    Draw a diagram on the side of the cereal box. First draw three squares, measuring 3" x 3", (7.62cm x 7.62cm). Go to the middle square, and draw two other squares off of it, measuring the same. You should now have five squares, all the same size.
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    Cut along the edge of your diagram. Make sure you don't cut too close, and that you don't cut too far. Missing the edge by too far can alter the measurements, and could affect your project. If you mess up, remember: there's another three cereal box sides.
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    Trace your diagram on to the fabric. Simply use a permanent marker to trace the outline on the fabric of your choice. Then cut the outline out. Keep the fabric nearby, because you'll need it again soon.
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    Fold in the sides of the cut out. Fold each square so it sticks up, and fold the side with two squares up twice. The second square will be the top of the square.
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    Tape the inner edges shut. Make sure you don't tape the top down, and that you put the tape on the inside, not the outside. The box shouldn't come apart now.
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    Make squares on each side with the hot glue gun. Before it dries, press on the fabric you cut out. It should fit evenly, if you traced correctly. It is best to take this one square at a time. Give it about fifteen minutes to dry and cool off.
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    Make two incisions on the foam block. They don't need to be large, but they should be made at an angle. You can cut it with a special incision maker, or with the edge of your scissors. Make sure it's a clean cut.
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    Place your jewelry on the foam. The chain should be wedged in the two incisions. The top of the jewelry should be on the top of the foam, and the bottom should be hanging down the side.
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    Carefully place the foam block in the cardboard box. Make sure the jewelry is on the top of the foam, and is visible when lifting the top. You're done!

Tips

  • To take off the jewelry, simply remove the foam block and take off the jewelry.
  • For a professional look, use velvet fabric instead of regular designs.
  • Experiment with different sizes of foam and cardboard.
  • This is a great homemade gift for family members and close friends.
  • This project mainly goes well with necklaces and bracelets.

Warnings

  • Be careful when handling the hot glue gun.
  • This isn't recommended for extremely valuable jewelry.
  • Exercise caution while using the scissors and/or incision knife.

Things You'll Need

  • The side of a cereal box, at least 9" x 13" (22.86cm x 33.02cm)
  • Block of foam, 2.8" x 2.8" x 2.8" (7.112cm x 7.112cm x 7.112cm)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric, traced off of cutout from cereal box (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Clear tape

Article Info

Categories: Personal Accessories and Jewelry