How to Make Trinket Boxes

Written by ericb | 13/05/2017
How to Make Trinket Boxes
Trinket boxes look more like a decoration than storage. (jewelled box image by Alison Bowden from

Even through a struggling economy, stores that target young girls, like accessory stores, manage to stay busy. Young girls are so delighted by trinkets, believing anything with monkeys or a princess symbol to be treasure. Accessory stores are full of these items, ranging from bows to mood rings to temporary tattoos. These items are inexpensive, but add up quickly and rarely hold any real value. Girls accumulate piles of trinkets that get left on the dresser, bathroom counter and floor. To keep trinkets safe and out of the way in style, use a few trinket boxes. Since you splurged on the trinkets, save a few dollars on the boxes and make them yourself. Making trinket boxes is a fun, kid-friendly project.

Design your trinket box. Make a sketch of your desired trinket box so you know exactly what items you need to buy. Trinket boxes are usually decorative and often aren’t in the shape of a box at all.

Choose a box. Trinket boxes are small-scale jewellery boxes that only hold a few pieces. You could use a small box you might already have, or go buy one from an arts and crafts store. Arts and crafts departments typically will have a variety of boxes to decorate. These include shaped boxes like hearts and stars, small paper boxes with lids and even wooden-hinged boxes. The available options will keep you in the store for a while if you don’t already have a plan in mind.

Paint your box. Paint gives a sense of permanency and professionalism. It also gives you a flat, solid surface to work with. Paint the inside and top rim of the box first and leave it to dry. Do the same to the box lid. After the pieces dry, flip them over to paint the rest of them.

Add embellishments as you like. This stage is dependent on your design. Consider decorating the lid with glue-on gemstones or lace. You could make a handle for your lid by gluing a small trinket to the lid, like a large bead or a tiny figurine. Remember, trinket boxes are designed to work with the decor, often acting as a trinket themselves.


Add fabric to the inside of your box with fabric glue or hot glue to give fragile trinkets extra protection from chipping and scratching.

Tips and warnings

  • Add fabric to the inside of your box with fabric glue or hot glue to give fragile trinkets extra protection from chipping and scratching.

Things you need

  • Craft box
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue
  • Fabric
  • Embellishments

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