I have become a bit of a jewelry hoarder over the past few years. I get a ring here, a new necklace there, and all of the sudden, I have quite the collection spread across my house. The smaller rings and dainty necklaces have a tendency to wander off and disappear, so I’m trying to be better about putting each item in a “safe space” whenever I decide to take them off. Since that’s the whole point of a jewelry box, I thought I’d have a few in bathrooms or on dressers to encourage the new habit, and I made a few tweaks to personalize the box a bit. I love the look of Lucite and thick epoxy, so I thought an epoxy top with a photo from our trip to Paris last year (from the gardens of Versailles!) would be a special daily reminder of the trip.
We got to work with Canon USA for this project, specifically using the PIXMA MG7720 (pictured above), which is of course super simple to use. But also, for a project like this, clear details in your photos are very important, and I’m very happy with the quality of the prints here!
Epoxy Jewelry Box DIY
-small wooden jewelry box
-paint or wood stain
–epoxy kit (I used this low-odor one, so much better than the smelly kind!)
–Canon PIXMA MG7720 Printer
I’ll stress that you really do want to make sure the painter’s tape is pulled tightly around the sides and really pressed well onto the wood so no leaks can occur (use your nails to seal the tape). My wooden box came with gold hardware on the front that I easily took off with a small screwdriver and replaced once the epoxy was dry, but you could just fill the holes and leave it without it as well.
Check out how you can make any box into a jewelry box!
I really like how a thick epoxy top gives the box a much more specialized look than if I had simply glued a photo onto the top, and it hardly took much more effort to do so! This would be a great gift to make for your mom or a friend with a personalized photo on top (and maybe with a piece of jewelry inside as well!). I think you’ll agree that this jewelry box is “clearly” a winner! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman, Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.