Have you ever felt like your dresser was too cluttered? Or that your necklaces were more like one of those mind-bending puzzles that take a genius to untangle than actual pieces of jewelry? That’s about where I was a few months ago, with my necklace tree getting way out of control.
I had a brilliant idea to get low profile, hanging jewelry box… a shabby chic sort of deal. I knew right where to go, and found exactly what I wanted when I searched for Hanging Jewelry Boxes on (affiliate link) Etsy. But of course, as we’ve seen in my monthly expense reports, I tend to have expensive taste.
So I decided to embark upon making the jewelry box myself. I had something for earrings already, so it just needed to hold necklaces, rings and bracelets. It ended up being a lot of fun, not too hard, and extremely satisfying. It does help if you already have some basic tools like a saw, drill, hammer, nails, and wood glue.
Special thanks to my husband for cutting the wood for me and helping me along the way!
If you get to the end of the tutorial and have any questions, please ask them in the comments and I will answer right away!
I started with a basic drawing of what I wanted to accomplish (my daughter added the heart around the door knob).
Start with a basic box using 4 pieces of wood, however wide and tall you want it. This one is 19″ wide by 21.5″ tall.
The wood is 3/4″ thick by 2.5″ wide.
Next make a frame using 3/4″ thick by 1.5″ wide wood. My husband got fancy when he was cutting and made angles for the corners, but you could also keep them squared like in the drawing. Nail that to your base.
I used fiber board as the back, but it was a little heavy so you might want to use 1/4″ plywood or lauan. Cut it down to size and nail it to the back of the box.
It should now look somewhat like this.
Use a nail set and hammer to punch the nails into the wood a bit.
After that, go around to all your nail holes and fill them with wood filler.
While you’re at it, fill the cracks as well. You can see I had some rather large ones.
Let the wood filler dry.
Then sand it down smooth.
Find some helpers if you can.
On to the door. I bought a bead board paneling kit for the door that had tongue and groove.
Glue the tongue and groove together.
Make sure the door is large enough so that you can cut it down to the exact size of the opening.
Once the glue is dry and you’ve measured (twice) and cut (once) to the exact size of the box opening, glue a couple pieces of wood to the back of the door for support. (Wine helps everything, but don’t mix it with power tools.)
Next you’ll want to glue a strip of wood down the side of the door that the hinges will be screwed into. If you use something stronger than bead board this step is not necessary, but mine was not thick enough to support the hinge screws.
Now the fun part, spray paint everything.
Once it’s dry, use a medium grit sandpaper and randomly sand around the wood for the shabby chic look.
I found that the more I sanded, the better I liked it.
Almost done! Pick a fun patterned paper for the inside of the jewelry box.
Glue the paper to the inside. Try to smooth all the wrinkles out, but it will likely still bubble in areas. Don’t worry, that will go away when it dries.
I used black hooks to screw into the back for necklaces.
Try to off center the rows so that the long necklaces don’t hang into each other. I screwed wall hooks to the bottom to hold rings.
Really truly almost done now. After you’ve picked out a knob, screw it into the door. Measure equidistant from the top and bottom where the hinges will go, and screw them in.
My door would not stay closed, so I got a magnet kit and spray painted it the same color.
And Voila! You’ve made your own DIY hanging jewelry box.
Uncluttered and organized now!
As you can see, I’ve quickly filled it up.
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