This upcycled jewelry box was a thrift store find, revamped using Mod Podge and Envirotex Lite. It’s really easy and the results are pretty!
I recently made a Goodwill run and scored a load of goodies for $15. One of the surfaces I got was perfect to use with Mod Podge and my absolute favorite resin Envirotex Lite: a mini-jewelry box for $2.
I have a larger jewelry box, but I’ve been needing a smaller one to keep out on the counter for all of the jewelry I use regularly and need easy access to.
This upcycled jewelry box was a relatively easy project and I had everything on hand. Here’s how I made my new favorite decoupage piece.
Upcycle an Old Jewelry Box
Gather These Supplies
- Old jewelry box
- Envirotex Lite – I used about 3 oz. total
- Mixing Cup Set
- Mod Podge Hard Coat
- Scrapbook paper – I used 2 sheets of Fancy Pants Designs, It’s the Little Things
- FolkArt Metallic paint – Sequin Black
- Basic Grey Woolies felt stickers – Curio
- Painter’s tape
- Craft glue
- Craft knife and mat or scissors
Here she is – ready to be re-done. What a pretty rose! Time for it to go.
I removed all of the hardware and traced the box on the backside of the paper with a pencil.
Next I removed the glass from the lid of the box and traced it too.
Cut all the papers out with your craft knife or scissors and set aside.
Sand the jewelry box, wipe away the dust and then paint the box and lid with Sequin Black. You don’t have to paint the entire thing, just the outer edges, since the paper is thick. Give several coats and set aside to dry.
While your jewelry box is drying, Mod Podge the paper to the glass insert.
Glue the insert into the lid – allow to dry (then you can paint the back of the lid with Sequin Black and allow to dry).
Coat your jewelry box with Mod Podge and smooth the paper down, working one side at a time.
Give the entire jewelry box a coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry. Give one more coat and allow to dry.
Time to Envirotex my upcycled jewelry box project! Notice there is something coming out the sides of my lid . . . that is tape. The only tape I could find, because someone has poached my painter’s tape!
I highly recommend painter’s tape because the tape I had to use messed up the back of my lid and I had to re-paint. Why did I use the tape? To keep the Envirotex from seeping out from my lid.
Envirotex is a product that you MUST read the instructions before usage. The mixing cups are essential too, because it’s going to ruin whatever you put it in. You really should wear gloves. But I didn’t wear gloves. Rebel.
Basically you add the same amount of the white cap stuff and the black cap stuff. You have to stir thoroughly.
I’m doing this on my coffee table, but that’s because I don’t care if I mess it up. You need to use this product on a surface that is safe to make a mess on.
Mix, mix, mix . . . then pour. It’s going to be cloudy at first and there will be bubbles. Those will rise to the top and you can exhale on the surface (pull your hair back) to make all of them pop. It’s kind of fun! Let it dry for 24 hours.
Replace all hardware on your upcycled jewelry box. Add an embellishment on top of the resin if you choose.
What do you think? I’m so pleased with the finished result. I’m so proud of myself too, because my mess was minimal.
What I love most about my new jewelry box is that there is a cool 3-D effect on the lid, with the paper in the background and the embellishment on top. Yay!