How to make jewelry boxes by hand

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How to make jewelry boxes by hand
Create your own personalised jewellery box for a special gift (diamond ring image by jimcox40 from

Using simple instructions, you can make your own jewellery boxes out of cardboard. Customise your jewellery boxes with stamps, stickers, rub on transfers, paint or even print a photos directly on the cardboard. You could make every jewellery box unique and personalised or keep the same style for all. This project is suitable for selling your own jewellery, giving gifts or as a customised engagement or anniversary jewellery box.

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Things you need

  • Soft cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Draw a box in the centre of the cardboard measuring 6 centimetres by 6 centimetres.

  2. 2

    Draw a line that bisects the centre of the box horizontally and measures 20 centimetres.

  3. 3

    Draw another line that bisects the centre of the box vertically and measures 20 centimetres.

  4. 4

    Draw an oval shape around the horizontal line that starts at the beginning of the line and tapers at the end of the line.

  5. 5

    Repeat the step above, drawing a long oval around the vertical line. The sides of both ovals should be in line with the sides of the centre box, so you have a rounded cross.

  6. 6

    Draw a circular nub at the top and bottom of the vertical oval. Make sure the nubs measure the same size. You may want to use a circular item, such as a quarter or a compass to be sure the circular nubs are the same size.

  7. 7

    Measure the width of the circles and cut two horizontal rectangles measuring as wide as the circles and one-half centimetre tall on the near the outside edges of the horizontal oval.

  8. 8

    Cut out the entire rounded cross shape.

  9. 9

    Bring the two nubs together to the centre and fold them both so they are facing upwards.

  10. 10

    Bring both side of the horizontal oval together and insert the nubs through both slots to secure the jewellery box.

Tips and warnings

  • To make the box even more secure, fold the nubs down to either side after inserted through the slots.
  • Always exercise caution when using scissors.

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