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Make a Jewelry Box - Upcycling with Bandanas - A Crafting Project Demo

Updated on September 12, 2014

Jewelry box made from old food container

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How to make the jewelry box in the picture; bandannas, bobbles, bangles and blood, oh my.

This is a jewelry or keepsake box with attitude.

This page will walk you through how the jewelry box seen in the introductory image was made. It was made from a Kraft Cheese box that was upcycled with some paper napkins and a bandanna.

Total cost for this project came out to approximately $1.50. My frugal fashion passion is cranked for this one. Follow along in the picture gallery for step by step instructions to make your own.

Lastly, while I will be using this for a bobble box mostly, it has another purpose that will only come into play once a year. As you see here, my uber, sexy, vampy friend is going to be gracing our home for the scary season. I'm working on getting him a fem fatale companion, but for now, he's eye candy by his lonesome self.Instructions pertain to the construction of the jewelry box/Halloween coffin only. Ultra sexy doll not included.

Making the jewelry box step by step.

Just click your way through the galleries below to see detailed instructions with graphic support for each step. It's really a snap.

Coffin creation or jewelry box placation? Why not both?

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The materials: 1 box with a fold over lid, plain white paper napkins, decorated napkins, 1 bandanna, ribbon, scissors, 4 small strips of Duck Tape, a glue stick and a hot glue gun.First, I glued down the little flaps on the side walls.My box had a window hole on each side. I used Duck Tape to patch the holes on the inside and outside of the box.I used paper napkins to line the inside of my jewelry box/Halloween coffin. For the very bottom, it's 2 plain white napkins. The sides are lined with the decorated napkins. All of this was glued down using the glue stick.The decorated napkins used had one pattern on the front and another on the inside folds allowing me the coordinated affect without having to purchase another set. The flower you see here is the inside.This design is on the front of the napkins. I overlapped these many times instead of cutting. Ultimately, when sealed, it just makes the box stronger. It's also much easier to work that way for you don't have to worry about cutting something too shorAdd some ribbon on the inside of the top flap/coffin lid to cover the seam.Apply the Mod Podge liberally to the interior. Don't waste time on the outside, yet. Be gentle on the edges and in the corners when applying the first coat. The napkins will tear easily. Once covered in the fist coat, they become sealed and much easiThe Mod Podge subtly changes the appearance of the paper napkins giving them a much more cloth like appearance. It takes a good while for this to dry. I put a fan on mine to speed it up some. We can start on the outside while this dries.
The materials: 1 box with a fold over lid, plain white paper napkins, decorated napkins, 1 bandanna, ribbon, scissors, 4 small strips of Duck Tape, a glue stick and a hot glue gun.
The materials: 1 box with a fold over lid, plain white paper napkins, decorated napkins, 1 bandanna, ribbon, scissors, 4 small strips of Duck Tape, a glue stick and a hot glue gun. | Source
First, I glued down the little flaps on the side walls.
First, I glued down the little flaps on the side walls. | Source
My box had a window hole on each side. I used Duck Tape to patch the holes on the inside and outside of the box.
My box had a window hole on each side. I used Duck Tape to patch the holes on the inside and outside of the box. | Source
I used paper napkins to line the inside of my jewelry box/Halloween coffin. For the very bottom, it's 2 plain white napkins. The sides are lined with the decorated napkins. All of this was glued down using the glue stick.
I used paper napkins to line the inside of my jewelry box/Halloween coffin. For the very bottom, it's 2 plain white napkins. The sides are lined with the decorated napkins. All of this was glued down using the glue stick. | Source
The decorated napkins used had one pattern on the front and another on the inside folds allowing me the coordinated affect without having to purchase another set. The flower you see here is the inside.
The decorated napkins used had one pattern on the front and another on the inside folds allowing me the coordinated affect without having to purchase another set. The flower you see here is the inside. | Source
This design is on the front of the napkins. I overlapped these many times instead of cutting. Ultimately, when sealed, it just makes the box stronger. It's also much easier to work that way for you don't have to worry about cutting something too shor
This design is on the front of the napkins. I overlapped these many times instead of cutting. Ultimately, when sealed, it just makes the box stronger. It's also much easier to work that way for you don't have to worry about cutting something too shor | Source
Add some ribbon on the inside of the top flap/coffin lid to cover the seam.
Add some ribbon on the inside of the top flap/coffin lid to cover the seam. | Source
Apply the Mod Podge liberally to the interior. Don't waste time on the outside, yet. Be gentle on the edges and in the corners when applying the first coat. The napkins will tear easily. Once covered in the fist coat, they become sealed and much easi
Apply the Mod Podge liberally to the interior. Don't waste time on the outside, yet. Be gentle on the edges and in the corners when applying the first coat. The napkins will tear easily. Once covered in the fist coat, they become sealed and much easi | Source
The Mod Podge subtly changes the appearance of the paper napkins giving them a much more cloth like appearance. It takes a good while for this to dry. I put a fan on mine to speed it up some. We can start on the outside while this dries.
The Mod Podge subtly changes the appearance of the paper napkins giving them a much more cloth like appearance. It takes a good while for this to dry. I put a fan on mine to speed it up some. We can start on the outside while this dries. | Source

He's going to hang out on the bookcase with the Necroscope series.

Hunky vampy surprise inside this jewelry box
Hunky vampy surprise inside this jewelry box | Source

I love crafting and upcycling is all the better because, hey, free supplies and helping the planet. This little project did it even one better. It pulls double duty. I just have to love that. I've been really into bandanna crafts lately. If I keep going at this rate, I'm going to have to redo an entire room, bandanna style.

But, for now, lets check out how this little jewelry box/coffin came about.

When it comes to vampires, - They should be...

Super scary or sparkly sweet?

How to do the outside of the jewelry box.

Something magical happens when enough Mod Podge gets painted onto a tightly stretched bandanna. It takes on a leather look.

How to do the outside of your jewelry box, or his coffin, however you want to look at it.

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Start gluing the bandanna down at the very top edge of the lid. Work from there all the way down the lid, down the back side, over the bottom and back up the front side gluing as you go. When done, trim off the excess fabric on the sides of the lid.It is looking better.On the sides, just trim off most of the bottom and back leaving about an inch to glue down. Glue the trimmed pieces first, then fold and glue the front piece over covering both sides.The finish comes from several layers of Mod Podge. I guess we could say it's like varnish on our coffin.Glue on a button and some ribbon across the top.Thin silver ribbon strips were glued directly under the silver crown ribbon to create a tie closure, should it be desired. I like the way it looks with them just hanging verses wrapped around the button, but either works.
Start gluing the bandanna down at the very top edge of the lid. Work from there all the way down the lid, down the back side, over the bottom and back up the front side gluing as you go. When done, trim off the excess fabric on the sides of the lid.
Start gluing the bandanna down at the very top edge of the lid. Work from there all the way down the lid, down the back side, over the bottom and back up the front side gluing as you go. When done, trim off the excess fabric on the sides of the lid. | Source
It is looking better.
It is looking better. | Source
On the sides, just trim off most of the bottom and back leaving about an inch to glue down. Glue the trimmed pieces first, then fold and glue the front piece over covering both sides.
On the sides, just trim off most of the bottom and back leaving about an inch to glue down. Glue the trimmed pieces first, then fold and glue the front piece over covering both sides. | Source
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The finish comes from several layers of Mod Podge. I guess we could say it's like varnish on our coffin.
The finish comes from several layers of Mod Podge. I guess we could say it's like varnish on our coffin. | Source
Glue on a button and some ribbon across the top.
Glue on a button and some ribbon across the top. | Source
Thin silver ribbon strips were glued directly under the silver crown ribbon to create a tie closure, should it be desired. I like the way it looks with them just hanging verses wrapped around the button, but either works.
Thin silver ribbon strips were glued directly under the silver crown ribbon to create a tie closure, should it be desired. I like the way it looks with them just hanging verses wrapped around the button, but either works. | Source

Give it a go.

upcycle bandanna-napkin jewelry box
upcycle bandanna-napkin jewelry box | Source

As a jewelry box or as much needed housing for wayward sexy vamps, this is a fast, fun and affordable project. Be it for yourself or for a friend or loved one, to use as a decoration for the scary season or something to keep, go on and give it a go. You will be glad you did.

Side note: The homeless vampire population of the greater US of A endorses this craft.

Halloween is a treat, like a scary pass.

Follow me through the looking glass

to a land of imagination, terror and fright,

where ancient legends come alive at night.

Be who it is or what it is you always wanted to be.

You best hurry for it only comes once a year you see.

Vix

Feel free to leave your mark, in blood or otherwise.

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @paynui: Thank you :)

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      paynui 

      5 years ago

      Very clever.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @ChristyZ: Thank you :). I wish my new kitty agreed. She pulled off a surprise attack early this morning and did some damage to my poor vamp. LOL, it was a funny sight to see a kitten trying to kill a doll. I know this sounds nuts, and she can barely fit, but she wants the box for herself. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you :). I love the idea of a pizza box! That would be fantastic for decorative paper storage. I've been thinking about a way to sort the sheets, other than the traditional file banks. Pizza boxes stacked and tweaked a bit would be ideal! Thank you very much for sharing. You just made my morning. Now, I have an excuse to order pizza! God bless.

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      ChristyZ 

      5 years ago

      Very cool jewelry box, what a great craft idea!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I used to make decorative gift boxes using almost this same technique. I decorated with ribbons, buttons, and bows and they looked very victorian. Old pizza boxes were my favorites as I could use them for gifting the doilies I used to make. I love how you displayed the picture with the doll in it. That is cute.

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