How to Make DIY Decorative Boxes, Step by Step

Lisa Burningham
by Lisa Burningham

​​Let me show you how to make DIY decorative boxes. I wondered if I could dupe this $320 decorative box for a fraction of the cost.

I found a wedding card box on clearance at Michael's for only $10. In this tutorial, I'll guide you through the process of transforming a $10 clearance wedding card box into a stunning decorative piece, saving you hundreds of dollars.

DIY decorative boxes

  • Wedding card box (or any wooden box)
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • White gloss restyling spray paint
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Gold rub and buff
  • Rag
  • Drill
  • Round quartz knob
  • Gold spray paint
  • Wooden rounds (4)
  • E6000 adhesive
White and gold decorative box
Box from Michael's
Box before the DIY
Prepping the box

Step 1: Prepare the Box

Remove the original latch and fill in any holes with wood putty. Sand the box until it's smooth, ensuring a perfect surface for painting.

Spray-painting the box

Step 2: Paint the Box

Apply two coats of white gloss restyling spray paint.

Allowing the paint to dry

Allow the paint to dry for at least one hour.

Applying painter's tape to the box

Step 3: Create Gold Stripes

Tape off the top and bottom of the box with blue painter's tape.

Applying gold Rub 'n Buff

Use gold Rub 'n Buff on a rag to create sharp gold stripes between the taped areas.

Drilling a hole for the knob

Step 4: Add a Knob

Drill a new hole in the center of the box.

Round quartz knob

Insert a round quartz knob purchased from Ross into the new hole.

Spray-painting feet for the box

Step 5: Create Feet

Spray paint four wooden rounds in gold.

Gluing the gold rounds to the base of the box

Apply E6000 adhesive to the rounds.

DIY decorative box

Place the rounds strategically on the box to create feet.

DIY decorative box

There you have it—a beautiful and budget-friendly DIY decorative box. Your stylish creation cost only $23.50.

Whether you're crafting for yourself or as a thoughtful gift, this project proves that creativity doesn't have to break the bank. Share your own ideas and projects in the comments below, and happy crafting!

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