How to DIY Jewellery Trays and Decorate them for a Budget-Friendly Solution
Where do you keep your jewellery, in one big jewellery box, tray, or in the boxes they came in? If your answer is the latter, you probably have a similar collection as pictured below.
A whole heap of boxes. It took me too much time every morning to comb through them to find what I was looking for. In the evening, it would be too much of a hassle to put all the pieces back in the correct box, so they just ended up on a shelf. Then once a month, I would go through the exercise to put everything back in the right box, just to start the cycle over again. I decided it was time for a change.
Boxes from a Craft Store
I have seen a lot of jewellery trays and boxes lately, but even when they are on sale, they are still too expensive for my budget, so I decided to go the DIY route. I bought three square supawood (MDF) boxes from our local craft store. They were the size I was looking for and can stack on top of each other. You can also build some boxes yourself, but buying them saves a bit of time.
I also grabbed a thinner, flat piece of supawood, which I cut into the right sizes to use as dividers in the boxes. I glued them in with wood glue, and when it was dry, sanded it smooth with the rest of the box. Now you are ready to start making them pretty.
1. Painted DIY Jewellery Trays
I painted all three jewellery trays with a primer and two coats of wall paint we had in stock. The first tray, I left with just the painted finish. If you are pressed for time, this is a great solution, and if you have a bit of paint in stock, it is an excellent budget-saver.
I also wanted to make a ring holder. You can use a grocery store sponge to make a ring holder. Cut it to the right size with a utility knife to fit snugly into one of the boxes. Mark where you want to make the incisions for the rings and cut along those lines. But do not cut all the way through, just deep enough for your rings. I had some fabric in the same aqua colour as the paint I used and used that to cover the sponge.
Use double-sided sellotape to attach the fabric to the sponge. Put strips of tape on the sides and the incisions, but not on top. Start on one side of the sponge and attach the fabric accordion style. Fold the fabric over on the sides, and insert into the jewellery tray.
Even in this simple finish, the DIY jewellery tray looks elegant, and makes it so much easier to find the pieces you are looking for!
2. Use Wrapping Paper and Modge Podge to cover the Jewellery Trays
I decided to decoupage the second tray. It’s been ages since I’ve worked with modge podge, and had to get used to the method again, here are a few tips I picked up:
- Cut the paper to size and dry-fit before using the modge podge.
- Apply podge to the surface you are attaching the paper to, as well as the back of the paper; this ensures that there is enough podge at the back of the paper and helps to eliminate bubbling.
- Smoothe out the paper with your fingers or a damp cloth to eliminate any bubbles.
- Apply the first topcoat of podge immediately, let it dry and apply at least two more coats of modge podge, waiting for each coat to dry.
Once you get the hang of the application method, you’ll be done in no time. I did not apply paper to the thin edges – that is why I painted the box, so the exposed edges will look good as well and tie in with my colour scheme. I love how it turned out!
3. Cover with Fabric
I wanted to include some fabric in one of the jewellery trays. The easiest way I found is to wrap pieces of cardboard with fabric. Use double-sided tape to fix the fabric to the cardboard. For the inserts, I made them fit snugly, so I did not use glue them in. But for the sides, I used craft glue to attach the fabric-wrapped cardboard to the sides of the box.
I also made a ring-holder for this jewellery tray. This was a fun way to add colour to my collection.
Budget-Friendly DIY Jewellery Trays
I love how they turned out, and I love all three decorations. This is a practical and budget-friendly solution, but still pretty! If you liked this crafty post, you might also enjoy the DIY Christmas Ornaments I made.
I’m hoping I can now keep my jewellery more organised as I really do not have an excuse anymore. Have you made jewellery trays or boxes? What did you use, and how did you decorate them? I would love to hear from you in the comments down below.