How to Make Jewelry Gift Boxes

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If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the man who creates the jewelry box has to rank right next to them. Jewelry boxes are storytellers. Elegance and extravagance are two words that will come to mind when thinking about creating a jewelry gift box to hold the jewelry for someone special. Like many other creations along the same line, they can be elaborate or simple. The choice is left to the do-it-yourself individual who wishes that their gift will have a signature all its own. Constructing a jewelry gift box would probably fall under a hobby category, but it doesn’t have to. Building one for that special someone can express so much more than words.


Step 1

Apply a bead of wood glue to the long edges of the top sides. Clamp the top sides to the top with the small wood clamps. Clean excess glue off with a soft, damp cloth. Repeat this for the sides and the bottom. Allow to dry at least 3 hours or as suggested by the glue manufacturer.

Step 2

Apply a bead of glue on the three edges of the top ends and clamp them in place. Clean excess glue off with a damp, clean cloth. Repeat this for the ends and the bottom.

Step 3

Sand the two boxes with the 100 grit sandpaper. Roll over the edges by placing the sand paper in the palm of your hand and allow it to take the sharp edges off the wood. Do not apply too much pressure.

Step 4

Check for cracks in the joints and fill them with wood putty to match the wood. Allow the putty to cure and then sand lightly.

Step 5

Apply finish with a soft, clean cloth and allow it to dry completely. Apply a thin coat of polyurethane and let it dry. Sand it with 00 steel wool. Apply as many coats as desired, sanding with the steel wool between each coat.

Tips and Warnings

Be certain to allow glue to dry completely to avoid problems with the fit of the parts. Accessories for gift boxes, such as brass corners, can be purchased at the local hobby Do not allow the wood glue to dry to avoid spots in the finish.

Things You'll Need

(1) 4½ x 6 ½ x ¼-inch solid lumber (top), (2) ¾ x 6 ½ x ¼-inch solid lumber (top sides), (2) ¾ x 4 x ¼-inch solid lumber (top ends), (1) 4 x 6 x ¼-inch solid lumber (bottom), (2) 2 x 6 x ¼-inch solid lumber (sides), (2) 2 x 3 ½ x ¼-inch solid lumber (ends), 100 grit sand paper, Wood glue, Damp, soft cloth, 8 small wood clamps (6-inch), 00 Steel Wool

About this Author

Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. Straessle has published three books, the latest of which is called “What a Strange Little Man.” His work has also appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.

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