Is your jewellery drawer full of cheap, tacky cardboard gift boxes like the one below? If so, why not give them a quick makeover? Covering them with pretty paper, ribbon or lace takes very little effort and they make lovely holders for jewellery that doesn’t need packing away.
Here’s the box I started out with:
I don’t think you can really appreciate from this picture just how garish pink it is.
So I drew around the box initially and then drew a template with a base a bit smaller than that to allow for the thickness. Super important tip – do include little tabs to cover the corners and edges like you can see above – otherwise you’ll see bits of your box poking through underneath. You can put a bit of paper underneath any gaps but it’s quicker, neater and simpler to use tabs.
Try your template out for size before you start gluing. You’ll probably need to trim a bit here and there and snip into the tabs where the edges of the box are. When you’re happy, cover the inside of the box with glue (I use matte pod podge but PVA will work just fine) and insert your lining, smoothing it right into the box and gluing down the tabs.
Here you can see what I mean by tabs – they ensure your edges and corners are completely covered with paper.
Carefully paste down the rest of the paper and leave the glue to dry. I gave each of my boxes a coat of matte mod podge at this stage to make them wipe proof.
Finally, decorate your boxes how you want to! I’ve put embroidered ribbon around one of mine and lace around the other. I went over the edges of both with mod podge to make sure they were well stuck down.