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Create a Treasure Box

Updated on October 28, 2020
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A Young Girls Music Box

When I was a little girl I had a small black music box that when opened a petite ballerina in a pink tutu stood up and twirled around. A mirror on the inside lid of the box reflected her delicate movements and the red velvet lining of the box glowed around her. I kept my favorite fake ruby necklace, interesting rocks, cats eye marbles, feathers and other special items I'd collected in this little box.

Detail on treasure box.
Detail on treasure box.
Old hinge on unfinished back view.
Old hinge on unfinished back view.

Creating a Treasure Box

That little girl still very much a part of me was looking for another box to hold some treasures I'd accumulated along the way to adulthood. Luckily, I found this basic wooden box at a garage sale for only a few dollars. It was missing it's opening latch but otherwise in good condition. I purchased it to be a home for assorted ribbons, beads, and costume jewelry pieces I'd collected.

Wanting to make this simple wooden box unique I decided to add some color and "Bling" to it by cutting jewelry photos out of Vogue, Glamor, and other women's magazines. After I arranged the pictures I used a paint brush and Mod Podge to glue them onto the box.

Then I selected real beads and jewelry to glue on top of the jewelry collage of photos. I used a hot glue gun to attach these items. This is a work in progress as I am continuing to add jewelry photos and real earrings, beads, and locket charms to the box when I come across them. This wooden box has not only been a great storage piece, but a fun project for me as well.

Detail of added beads and jewelry.
Detail of added beads and jewelry.
Detail of pink gem and pile of silver beads.
Detail of pink gem and pile of silver beads.
Beads and earrings adorn top of box.
Beads and earrings adorn top of box.
Beads, ribbons and party stuff inside.
Beads, ribbons and party stuff inside.
Inside the treasure box.
Inside the treasure box.

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