Making a jewellery organiser
Your personal treasure chest
A treasure-chest style jewellery case can be created to hold your favorite costume items. Such a personalised jewellery case will protect your personal/sentimental items and increase your pleasure in storing them.
1. Finding an old case
The first step is to locate a suitable box, tin or case. We found an old poker case in a second hand store. This cost us around $5. The case was aluminium with a key lock and appeared ideal for the purpose of storing personal valuables such as jewellery.
In the photograph you can see the case contained some cards and poker chips, which we removed and set aside. (Covering a suitable cardboard box for the gaming items could be another fun project if we chose.)
2. Preparing the case
The original case contained a compartmentalized lining. We considered this for a while and concluded that it would be best removed with the poker set. We levered this insert out gently, finding it came out in one piece and did not damage the inside of the case.
The velvet lining inside the lid was not attached to the insert and remained in the case. Some side linings became loosened, but were not otherwise damaged. These could be glued back in as required.
3. Cleaning the case
The next step was to clear the case with a metal cleaning product such as brasso and a cloth.
The cloth shown in the picture is a kitchen wipe, however an old rag may do as well and prove sturdier for rubbing the surface of the case.
- Put about a teaspoon of brasso on the surface of the case and spread it around evenly using the cloth.
- The brasso can be left on the case briefly (a few minutes), and then must be removed by rubbing with the cloth.
- Polish until the case shines.
4. Creating compartments
If your jewellery is left loose in the case it will fall all over the place. Necklaces may also tangle - and no one likes tangled necklaces.
- Take an egg carton and cut the egg compartments to fit into the case.
- To fit this case, we separated the egg spacers from the lid and trimmed the edges; cut the two end egg spacers off and inserted the main section into the case.
- A second egg carton was cut using the same method and the additional egg spacers were placed in the case next to the first row.
- The two lids were trimmed to size and placed in the case at 90 degrees to the egg spacers.
- The end of one lid was used to create a smaller compartment.
- This created a variety of compartments which would accommodate different pieces of jewellery.
- Glue the pieces of egg carton firmly in place with craft glue.
- If you can not obtain an egg carton similar to the one in the picture, use small boxes such as individual cereal boxes or cut larger boxes down to fit.
- I have seen the suggestion that the insert from a chocolate box can be used to create compartments.
- I have also heard that a plastic ice cube tray can be used to create compartments.
- Plastic organisers can also be purchased from hardware stores, costing between $2 and $4.
5. Lining the case
Line the case with a suitable material. Suitable materials include: silk, felt, velveteen or shiny foil wrapping paper.
Tuck the lining under the inserts and around the edges.
Use your fingers and hand to make sure lining material extends into the depressions in the compartments.
When you are satisfied with the result, trim lining to size and attach securely using glue.
Your completed case is now ready to store jewellery! A card or sheet of firm clear plastic cut to fit the inside of the case exactly and laid over the jewellery will secure individual pieces so they do not move when the case is carried on it's side or tipped upside down.
The outside of this case has not been decorated because we like the shiny effect of the aluminium. However, if you wish you can purchase craft felt shapes or diamantes and glue to the lid.
The following YouTube video describes a method for making a case that holds rings upright.
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