Lots of people love collecting and wearing jewelry, but things can get complicated when they find that they don’t have anywhere to keep most of it. In addition to that, you may find that your bracelets, necklaces, and earrings will get all tangled up quite frequently if you don’t have a good place to store them, which could eventually lead to damage, especially if they are made of more fragile materials.
A common solution to this problem is a DIY jewelry box, which is unbelievably easy to make. While you can buy one, it’s always more fun to have something that reflects your personal style and tastes. There are so many different materials that can be used to construct one, and the best part is that there are no rules to play by, so you can use just about anything you’d want to.
Also, if you’re looking for the perfect present for anyone on your list, this can certainly make a great gift, and the fact that you made it yourself will make anyone feel touched by the special gesture. Here is a list of different Instructables that you can use to get some inspiration.
19+ Homemade DIY Jewelry Box Plans
1. Simplistic Beginner Design
Your entire collection of bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, and other pieces of jewelry will now be able to fit into one simple yet convenient box. It is meant to be small enough to fit anywhere on your vanity or in a drawer, but you also will be able to store everything you have without difficulty. The best part of this option is that you won’t need to use any power tools. You’ll just need wood, hinges, hasps, wire mesh, a screwdriver, drill, ruler, wire cutters, saw, chisel, sandpaper, and wood glue.VIEW PLANS
2. Basic Box
Although this is specifically meant for jewelry, you can realistically use it for any other purpose as well. It has a velvet bottom to keep all your belongings safe, as well as a glass lid for you to put a picture or two on display.VIEW PLANS
3. Easy to Build
With this, you will only need to use CDs and a marker. It’s definitely more unconventional than some of the other options on the list, but it’s a good choice if you’re not particularly handy with woodworking tools.VIEW PLANS
4. Simple and Nifty
This nifty little box is good for holding all sorts of different knickknacks. The author claims to have only spent $4 on this, too, which means that you won’t have to worry about breaking your budget. It will make the perfect gift for anyone on your wishlist who needs a small pick-me-up.VIEW PLANS
5. Multiple Drawers
Definitely a more complicated option, but beautiful and unique nonetheless. It’s important to make sure that you follow the instructions carefully while also taking care to use a felt bottom, which will prevent the box from scratching up your table. It involves quite a bit of work, but nothing a good day of woodworking can’t do.VIEW PLANS
6. Anniversary Present
What a cute way to surprise her (or him!) with a nice anniversary present. This is such a unique way to surprise your significant other, and the fact that it is completely handmade will give the project a special touch. Even if you are a starter in the world of woodworking, this is still simple to do as long as you have high-quality wood and materials.VIEW PLANS
7. Walnut Design
Why not try something completely unique, unheard of, and unconventional? This cute, tiny box can be accomplished with one of the easiest-to-find materials: a walnut. That’s right, you won’t need to be a construction specialist in order to do this. All you’ll need is a big walnut, a scrap of thin cotton fabric, a satin ribbon, pliers, scissors, brush, wood glue, a knife, and a rotary tool.VIEW PLANS
8. Traditional and Unique
The most fascinating part of this next choice is that it utilizes the process of decoupage, which is used to create patterns and pictures look as though they have been painted, which also works to provide some depth to the design. It is fun, unique, and a way to make any product in your collection have a special touch that you couldn’t find elsewhere.VIEW PLANS
9. Enchiridox Adventure Time
If you or the person whom you intend of gifting this to likes the show Adventure Time, this unique option will surely prove to be a great present. While the original product is meant to simply be a gift box for something that you intend on giving to someone, you can most certainly use it for jewelry, too. The best part of all is that it only took the author 6 hours to make, and only $5 for the papers.VIEW PLANS
10. Snazzy and Chic
This will look fabulous on any woman’s vanity, and she’ll surely enjoy storing all of her favorite tiny belongings in it. The process may seem to be difficult for someone who is not experienced in this sort of building, but if you follow the instructions carefully, you will find that it is a lot easier than you’d think.VIEW PLANS
11. Cardboard Cuteness
Who would have thought that you could create something that is so cute with just a few pieces of cardboard? Even better, this can be a project that you and your daughter can do together on a nice snowy day. All you’re going to need is cardboard, a pencil, ruler, x-acto knife, fabric, scissors, hot glue gun, white glue, and yarn.VIEW PLANS
12. Musical Melody
Here’s another way to bring some creativity and inspiration to this next project. With this, you will be able to have an MP3 player right in your storage device, which also has volume, previous and next, and play and pause control. It is much more simple to build than you would think, and the best part is that you can choose what songs to listen to.VIEW PLANS
13. Fashionable Organizer
Yet another great way to recycle scraps lying around your house can be through making this fun and fashionable organizer. The only supplies that you will need include glue, a ruler, pencil, marker, scissors, cutter, foam, an empty box of chocolates, printed napkins, and an extra sheet of paper. It’s preferable that the box base be square, and the same goes for the napkins.VIEW PLANS
14. Inexpensive and Easy
If you want to work with wood, here is an option that involves poplar wood and easy instructions. You can also choose to stain them in different colors in order to create something new every time. You can even customize the felt liner if you wish. To put it briefly, there is a lot that you can do to make this project even more unique.VIEW PLANS
15. White Mountain Design
Creating several compartments and drawers is most suitable for those who have quite a vast jewelry collection and need somewhere to put everything. Make sure that you measure the dimensions carefully so that all the drawers and trays will fit correctly. This is a bit time-consuming, but the end result will be completely worth it.VIEW PLANS
16. CNC Router
The CNC router is made of walnut, aluminum inlays, and lids. It might be a bit more complicated, but this will provide you with a good opportunity to learn how to use the CNC router and CAM tool paths. The neat 3D design that results will amaze you with what technology can do.VIEW PLANS
17. Rustic Theme
Here is another choice for anyone who prefers old-fashioned and rustic themes for their decor and furniture. The instructions are very easy to follow and it requires little effort to make. All you need is plywood, wood, a jigsaw, hand saw, sander, stain, black paint, a pencil, and paper.VIEW PLANS
18. Mystic Choice
What’s special about this box is that it makes noise when you open it in the light, so the entire purpose is to only use it in the dark- unless you like the noise that’s emitted. You can also adjust the light that is emanating from the storage unit, too. It’s a bit difficult to build, but you’ll be able to get your creative juices flowing.VIEW PLANS
19. Travel Size
Going on trips is exciting and spectacular, but making sure that all of your belongings are safe and sound might not be. With this travel size option, all of your jewelry can be packed in a way that can keep it from getting damaged, ruined, or all tangled together. All you’ll need is an empty Altoids tin, fabric, scrap fabric, cardboard, a hot glue gun, mod podge, scrapbook paper, a pen, scissors, a ruler, and a sponge brush.VIEW PLANS
Jewelry Box DIY Tips
If you love wearing jewelry, then you should have a fancy box to store your most prized possessions. And even though there are plenty of ready-made jewelry boxes out there, nothing beats making your own. With the latter, you get to customize the box as you wish. Add more compartments depending on the size and number of jewelry you intend to store and be as creative as you can.
Below is a DIY guide on how to make a jewelry box. We will cover the general aspects but feel free to make changes to suit your preferences.
What You Will Need
Materials; wood glue, small hinges, wenge, white oak, brass block.
Tools; sandpaper, jointer, table saw, palm router, belt sander, and a band saw
DIY Guide on How to Make a Jewelry Box
Step 1 – Gather Necessary Tools and Materials
Get your hands on all the above materials and tools. This is usually the tricky part. However, for any DIY lover, you should have access (buying or renting) to any of the above tools. About the materials, we chose wenge because it’s harder and lasts longer. You can always repurpose wood if you can. Provided it looks good, it’s sturdy and has an appealing pattern. It’s crucial that your jewelry box looks good because it’s going to be used to store fancy stuff.
Step 2 – Break Down the Wood to Small Sizes
Having done that, you should kick off your project by breaking down the wood. Do so according to the size you wish your box to have. Ideally, 1/2” and 3/4” stock will be sufficient.
Step 3 – Glue the Panels
The third step entails gluing the panels. Be very careful when doing this because it’s at this step where you will be creating a foundation for your box design.
Step 4 – Make Cuts on the Joints, Shelves, and Drawer Slots
Don’t also forget about the back panel. When cutting the shelf, refer to the size of the drawer. Your measurements have to be accurate so that the drawer fits snugly on the shelf. Always try fitting the drawer in the spacing before moving to the next step. This will save you from unnecessary complications later on.
Step 5 – Cut the Joinery and Glue It
Cut the drawer’s side rails, parts, and joinery. It’s better to cut the joinery for the slides before gluing it up. Whilst cutting the drawer parts, it’s important to align them evenly. As you join drawer slides, add some paste to enable smooth sliding.
Step 6 – Glue Drawers
By now, your box should be erect. So, start gluing drawers. Then cut stock for the lid. Also, cut the drawer pulls. This is where the brass block will come in handy. You can source some from your garage. After cutting it, smoothen and soften it up with a belt sander.
Step 7 – Route and Divide the Drawer Pull
With the help of your palm router, route out the drawer pull. Proceed to divide the drawer and make sure you use adequate amounts of glue to keep the dividers in position.
Your jewelry box almost looks ready, but before you wrap up. Sand it so that it looks smooth on the edges. Customize your box by applying your seal of choice. And your box will be ready for use.
Hi, my name’s Elena Coolidge. I’m a DIY enthusiast who loves building fun woodworking plans. These DIY plans are fun hobby projects for enthusiasts or even more advanced builders that want to build things like bunk beds, end tables or even a duck box!