Make a Wood Jewellery Box for Mom

This wooden jewellery box is a great project for the budding DIY Kid, and with a little help you can build this beautiful wood jewellery box for your mom.


Simple buy beautiful, this wooden jewellery box is a great project for any budding DIY enthusiasts, and a project that DIY Kids can do - with a little help. The jewellery box can be made of Saligna or Meranti, or even pine if you want to keep costs down.


Hardwood (Saligna or Meranti), 18mm thick, cut to sizes:

2 of 210 x 110mm

2 of 140 x 110mm

2 of 174 x 104mm

Plywood, 4mm thick, cut to sizes:

2 of 172 x 102mm

2 of 162 x 54mm

Piano hinge, cut to fit 170mm,  plus 13mm screws

Box latch

Velvet fabric  

Sellotape, wide

Sanding sponge, medium and fine

Wood glue


Drill/Driver or cordless screwdriver

Jigsaw or mitre saw

Sander plus 120-grit sanding pads

Bosch Tacker or heavy-duty stapler


Tape measure and pencil


Safety First: Wear protective goggles and ear plugs when working with power tools.

1. Mitre-cut the edges of the 210mm and 140mm boards by cutting one side of each board. Let mom or dad cut these sections for you.

GOOD TO KNOW: Make sure to clamp your boards firmly to a workbench.

2. Repeat the mitre cut on the other side of the boards so that you have two boards measuring 210mm on the long sides and two boards measuring 140mm on the long sides.

3. Lay the four boards on a flat surface - with the longer sides facing upward. Line up the boards one after another so that the shorter ends touch. Join the ends of your boards using adhesive tape and then flip the boards over.

4. .Apply wood glue to the inside edges of the boards.

5. Fold the boards upwards to glue the four corners together.

6. Apply tape around the outside to hold the box together while the glue dries.



7. To add the base and top for the box, measure the inner edges of the frame and transfer the measurements to the 174mm boards and trim or sand to fit. Apply wood glue to the edges.

8. Push the base and top in place and allow the finished box to dry overnight.

9. Sand the assembled box to a smooth finish.



10. Now you are ready to create the lid for your box. Mark at 30mm down from the upper edge of the box and draw a line along all sides. Use clamps to secure the box to your workbench so that you can saw off the lid. After sawing off the lid, you can sand down the edges to ensure that all surfaces are nice and smooth.

GOOD TO KNOW: This project used a Bosch NanoBlade saw for this, but you can use a Dremel DSM20, jigsaw or circular saw to cut off the top section.

11. Secure the lid for the jewellery box to the frame with a piano hinge and 13mm screws.

12. To add the finishing touches inside the jewellery box you need to line and fit the plywood pieces. Cut the velvet for all of the plywood pieces to roughly the right size and carefully staple each piece of fabric in place with a Bosch Tacker or stapler.


Insert the six lined plywood pieces into the jewellery box.

This step is completely optional but you can decorate your jewellery box with your own unique patterns if you own a Dremel Multitool.

To give your jewellery box a sophisticated gloss, you can apply a gloss varnish.

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