how to make a treasure box

I wanted to find something for my older nieces that would be more fitting for their maturity for Christmas. For Natalie and Kimberly, I came up with a jewelry and keepsake box.

If you want to do this project, allow yourself about an hour per box. I bought unfinished cigar boxes from the craft store. I painted and antiqued the boxes. For example, when using black, I would paint a side of the box black and then immediately wipe off the paint. It reveals the wood grain and leaves you with a beautiful finish.

Then I adhere a piece of felt inside the box for their jewelry. I then take the 8 x 10 photo and carefully tear the edges to fit the cover of the box to look artsy.

Have fun manipulating the photo before you print it. For this box, I faded all of the colors from the photo so that the focus of the photo was her pink sweater. Then I could play off that color with the interior felt and ribbon. For the next box's photo, I turned it sepia so the whole box would be warm in color.

Then adhere the photo.

I then sealed in the entire box, except the photo, with my adhesive (Mod Podge, of course.) I sealed in the torn edges of the photo, but not the photo because I wanted to keep the matte finish of the photo prominent.

Then have fun embellishing the box! I love using the initials of the receiver.

It is a lot of fun and goes by fast. You could use the same concept for most unfinished boxes at the craft store.