How to Make a Japanese Technique Jewelry Box

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How to Make a Japanese Technique Jewelry Box
You can make a decorative jewellery box from a plain wooden box. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Jewellery boxes can range from large multiple-tiered units to store a lot of jewellery to small units for just your most precious accessories. There is also a range of styles from decorative pieces to utilitarian storage: cherry wood finishes, steel safety boxes and Chinese or Japanese designs. Intricate boxes can be expensive, but if you would like to save money and don't need a secure box, make one yourself. You can make a Japanese-style box using Japanese washi paper.

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Things you need

  • Unfinished wooden jewellery box with lid
  • Ready-made jewellery trays (optional)
  • Japanese washi decorative paper
  • Black felt lining
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small peel and stick mirror
  • Scissors
  • Foam paint brush
  • White glue

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  1. 1

    Purchase the unfinished wooden jewellery box with lid and reasdy-made jewellery trays from a craft store.

  2. 2

    Cut pieces of black felt to fit the inside bottom and sides of the box with scissors. Cut felt large enough to cover the inside of the lid.

  3. 3

    Put hot glue along the bottom of the box and press the black felt piece in the glue. Put glue along the inner sides of the box and stick black felt fabric on all four sides of the box.

  4. 4

    Hot glue black felt fabric to the inside of the lid of the box and smooth with your fingers.

  5. 5

    Peel the paper off the back of the mirror and stick it in the centre of the inside of the lid.

  6. 6

    Insert the jewellery trays into the bottom of the box. (optional)

  7. 7

    Cut the Japanese washi paper in sizes to match the four sides of the box, top and sides of the lid.

  8. 8

    Dip the foam brush in white glue and spread the glue on the four sides of the box. Smooth on the Japanese washi paper with your fingers. Brush glue on the top and sides of the lid. Smooth the washi paper onto the lid. Keep smoothing the paper out with your fingers until there are no air bubbles. Allow the jewellery box to dry.

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