A Box for Handmade Jewelry
I often give handmade jewelry for gifts. When you make the jewelry yourself there is no box so I have experimented with some ideas for making my own fancy jewelry boxes.
This craft is a great way of using up beads you dislike or find uninteresting. I used some beads that I have had since I was a kid. As you can see from the pictures they are cheap plastic. Both the teardrop and round beads are from the same set.
- Flat Sided Beads you want to improve
- Nail polish in the color(s) of your choice
- Scrapbook paper
- Craft Glue
- The adhesive of your choice to attach the scrapbook paper
Put your flat beads on a piece of wax paper or other protective surface. Leave room between the beads. Brush the nail polish onto the bead. I have found it is easier to focus on the top part of the bead and then do the edges near the bottom on your second coat. Let the polish dry completely and add a second layer. Allow it to dry completely.
I used cheap Wet ‘n Wild nail polish for these beads. It seems to be holding up, but if you plan to make jewelry boxes for the jewelry you sell it might be worth it to use a more expensive nail polish. The picture below shows the beads after one coat. The edges still need to be touched up.
The lid of the box was dingy so I covered it with a scrap of thick scrapbook paper. I measured out enough to wrap around the lid. Then I marked where to fold it. Next I cut slits in all four corners. I put down the adhesive and then folded the scrapbook paper around the box.
Decide what pattern you want to use. I suggest you made up your mind before you start gluing the beads down. When you have decided on your design pick up one of your beads, add craft glue to the flat side of the bead and place it where you want on the box. Continue until you have finished your design.
A Different Box
This box was in good condition and fit well with the color nail polish I used so I decided to skip the scrapbook paper.