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How to Make an Easy DIY Decorative Box

You won’t believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to organize all the small items around your home that you don’t know what to do with!

Hi there, my Kenarry friends!  It’s Robin from A Home To Grow Old In. I’m back today to share with you one of the easiest ways to make a decorative box to organize and store small items around your home.  

I have these boxes all over my home, and I just realized I’ve never written about them.  I think it’s because they are so simple to make and easy to customize to your own style and decor that it just never occurred to me to tell people about it.

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!

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How to Make a DIY Decorative box

You might want to use this box as pure decoration sitting on a serving tray. Or, you can give it as a DIY gift. It’s such a fun craft.

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here is what the wooden craft box looked like before I even started.

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!

Instructions

Now I’ll share each step of the tutorial, along with plenty of pictures. Follow along and make your own with me.

These inexpensive wooden boxes come in several different sizes and shapes.  Most craft stores have a good selection, and you can usually use a coupon on them!

1. Remove the latch and hinges

Remove both the latch from the front and hinges from the back of the box with a small screwdriver.

I did not reuse the hinges on my box. I wanted to be able to take the top off completely off when finished.  I used a heavy drawer pull on top of my box. I was concerned that the weight would make the box fall over with the hinges.  

If you want to reuse the hinges, put them aside. Make sure to put them, along with their screws, somewhere you won’t lose them.

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!

2. Fill in the screw holes

Fill the holes left from the screws with wood filler.  You do not need to fill the holes from the hinges if you are reusing them.

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!

3. Sand the box well

Let the wood filler dry, and then sand the box really well with 100 grit sandpaper.  I don’t worry about sanding the insides of the boxes.

4. Add craft sticks in the place of the hinges

Since I did not reuse the hinges on my box, I cut pieces of craft sticks just slightly taller than the lid and glued them onto the middle of each side.  This keeps the lid in place when the box is closed.

To cut the craft sticks you can use tin snips or cutting pliers.

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!

5. Clean off the box

You’re almost ready to paint. Before you do, get all the dust off by vacuuming it and wiping it off with a tack cloth. A tack cloth is a sticky cloth that catches any dust left behind after the vacuum).

6. Paint the box

Once your box is cleaned up, you can paint it.  I used a gloss spray paint this time, but I’ve used chalk paint and slightly distressed the box with sandpaper.  They both look beautiful.  It just depends on the look you’re going for.

7. Finish with Decor

Finally, once the box dried, I drilled some holes in the top of my box. Then I screwed in this beautiful feather drawer pull that I found.  If you are reusing the hinges, you can put those back on once your box is dry.

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!

I’m using this decorative box to organize all of the remotes we have laying around our family room!

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!
A beautiful white decorative box

This decorative box is the perfect size to stash all those small things you don’t know what to do with. I’ve got one on an entry table to hide my husband’s wallet and keys. I have another that holds DVDs and video games that we’ve removed from their cases and put in sleeves. And one that contains all my nail polish.  I truly use them all over my house and have them each decorated differently!  

You can see below that I’ve used agate slices and jewelry to top them. I also have a couple that is covered in marble contact paper and wrapping paper.  The great thing is that you start off with a plain box and you can let your imagination go wild with the decor possibilities!

You won't believe just how easy it is to make a pretty decorative box to store all the small items around your home that you don't know what to do with! I love all the different ways you can decorate them! This is one you'll want to pin for later!

Do you have any areas of your home that could use a decorative box like this?  How would you decorate yours?

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2 Comments

  1. What a great looking and functional piece of storage. I am all about functional aesthetics and your boxes fit that perfectly. I think I need to add one of these to my to do list…like I need more on my to do list!!

    Thanks for sharing you creativity.

    Lynn

    1. Lynn, it’s always good to have a project on the horizon, isn’t it? Thanks for taking the time to visit and check out this great idea from Robin at A Home to Grow Old In.

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