How to Make Your Own Jewelry Box

Things You'll Need

  • A pre-made object you intend to adapt
  • Materials (of your choice) for building the jewelry box
  • Glue
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Pre-made or handmade jewelry compartments
  • Jewelry trays
  • Embellishing materials (of your choice)
  • Drawer tracking systems

Oftentimes we can't find exactly what we are looking for in an accessory like a jewelry box. In such instances, we have three primary options; settle for something that doesn't fit all of our requirements, adapt something we already have on hand, or make our own. When you want to match your jewelry box to a specific room's decor, the easiest way to accomplish that is to make it yourself. Follow the steps below to make your own jewelry box.

Decide upon the size of the box that you want or need. That will be determined somewhat by the type and number of jewelry items that you need to put inside of the box.

Decide the material you want to use for your jewelry box. If you are shooting for a larger jewelry box that will hold a large number of jewelry items, then chances are you will want to make it out of more durable material such as wood, leather (or a similar replicate material), or metal. Smaller boxes can be made from a variety of materials including glass, cardboard, fiberboard, and poly resin (to name just a few).

Determine the shape, style, and requirements that you have for your box. Do you just need a single compartment, multiple compartments, or special features such as places to put rings, earrings, bangle bracelets or something else? Do you want a standard shape like a square, rectangle or round box or something more complex or unique? Does it need to match a certain room decor like Victorian, Art Deco, Native American, or something else? All of these questions must be taken into consideration in designing your jewelry box.

Decide if you can adapt something you already have on hand or must build your box from scratch. Common items that adapt well into jewelry boxes include but are not limited to hat boxes, decorator trunks, and small pieces of furniture. Cover a hat box with fabric that matches your bedwear, curtains, wall tapestries or something else within the room where the box will be located. Add cardboard, plastic, or wood compartments to a decorator trunk that already matches a room's decor for a quick and easy jewelry box makeover. Use a small enclosed stand table that already matches the room decor by inserting removable jewelry trays or compartments that can slide in and out after inserting a drawer tracking mechanism.

Draft out your jewelry box design if you are building the jewelry box from scratch.

Construct your new box's outer structure according to the design established in Step 6 and using the size, shape, style, material and other requirements you have already established in Steps 1 through 3 above. Use the best construction materials (glue, staples, nails or other) for the type of box you are creating (such as wood, leather or replicate, metal).

Insert the appropriate interior compartments using pre-made tracking systems available at most home improvement centers and/or by adapting materials such as pre-made plastic jewelry trays to form the interior of your jewelry box as designed.

Finish the box if an additional finish is required such as staining the wood or sealing the leather or replicate.

Embellish the jewelry box to fit within your room's decor. For example, if the room is Victorian, you might opt to hand paint a floral design on the box. If it is Art Deco, you might add mosaic mirror or tile, jeweling, or some other form of texture.


  • Adapt something you already have on hand into the jewelry box of your dreams. Choose pre-made drawer and compartment systems whenever possible. Take advantage of pre-made jewelry trays that can be purchased at most craft stores. Personalize the jewelry box to your personality.


  • When working with dangerous tools and equipment, follow the appropriate safety precautions. When working with paints or sealants, be sure to work within a well ventilated room.

About the Author

A business and education specialist for 30 years, Chantel Alise also owned a management and marketing training company. She has written newsletters and training manuals as well as business articles for Enid News and Eagle's Business Journal. She is principle writer for Beauty Biz. Alsie attended Thomas Nelson Community College (Virginia) and Phillips University (Oklahoma).