It’s always great when you can find new uses for old things. So why throw away old heart-shaped or rectangular candy boxes when you can get crafty and use them to create some unique jewelry boxes? Here are some ideas, courtesy of eHow:
First, clean out the box so that no chocolate bits remain. Using a hot glue gun, glue batting on the parts of the box that you wish to cover in fabric. Cut away any excess batting. Next, cover the batting with fabric of your choosing. Velvet, satin, silk, and brocade are all good choices for the heart-shaped boxes, sticking with the romantic theme. For rectangular boxes, any fabric will do. You can use white craft glue to attach the fabric. Cut away any excess material. Cover the bottom section of the box the same way, but make sure that the fabric isn’t so thick that you can’t close the box.
If you want different compartments in your box, you’ll have to create dividers. Figure out how many sections you want, and create dividers using heavy cardboard. Measure them so that they are 1/8 shorter to make a little room for the felt. Choose a color of felt that goes well with the fabric you chose for the top of the box. Using white craft glue, glue felt to the dividers and set them aside to dry. They will be added later.
Next you’ll want to line the inside of the box with felt. Use white craft glue, since hot glue will leave ridges or lumps in the inside of the box. Cut away the excess felt. When the glue is dry, add the divider sections you made earlier, and glue them into place.
You can trim the box using a variety of embellishments, like ribbon or lace. This is not just for decoration, but also to cover up the fabric and felt edges.
Use whatever you like to decorate the top. Buttons, lace, ribbons, silk flowers, charms, and appliques are all great options. Use your imagination! Whether the jewelry box is for you or for a friend, it will be something unique made to suit your own personal style.
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