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[Tutorial] Shabby Chic DIY Jewelry Box

Posted by Graphic 45 05/29/2019 13 Comment(s) Home Decor,Mixed Media,Tutorials,


Hello, G45ers!

 We have an extra special post for you today on the Graphic 45 blog.  Today we say goodbye to 2018-2019 Brand Ambassador, Nichola Battilana.  Nichola is sharing a step by step tutorial on how to create a Shabby Chic DIY Jewelry Box.  This repurposed wooden box has been dolled up with our Flutter paper collection, white paint, and our Graphic 45 Staples all in celebration of our #G45LightSide - May Challenge.  We hope this project inspires you to pull out some paint and have some fun!  


DIY Shabby Chic Jewelry Box

By Nichola Battilana


“Ah, Flutter. Such a bright and cheerful collection. Believe it or not, I’ve taken that brilliantly vibrant bunch of papers and made something light and airy for #G45LightSide.



I’ve taken the original hardware off of a simple wooden box and covered it with Flutter.



Using sploshes and splashes of white paint I’ve subdued the brilliance of the paper.



I like the crusty old look created with the layers of paint and a bit of white glue.


But I think the REAL stars here are the Antique Brass Claw Feet and the Antique Brass Door Pull  (there’s an Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brad in there too).



I’ve spray-painted the decorative hardware with flat matte spray paint and I LOVE the effect.



(Now that I’ve done them in white, I kind of want to paint some in hot pink!)


There are a few tricks for great coverage:

  • Apply in several light layers rather than one thick layer, you’ll get MUCH better coverage

  • Make sure that your pieces are clean and free of fingerprint oils

  • Spray in an area free of dust (ha! I know) and pet hair. You want to avoid these at all cost.



I’ve upturned the drawer pull and popped in some small flowers from the Rose Bouquet Collection—Classic Ivory & Natural Linen and then popped in a tiny fussy cut butterfly because… well, I just can’t help myself.



Inside? Well, I’m not all light and airy and thought I’d put a cheeky bit of dark inside this piece. I really like the darkness of “Iridescent” from Flutter for contrast. I think a totally brilliant and colorful interior would have been fun too and was totally torn between a black or yellow for the insides.



Finally, I included a sentiment from the Flutter Stickers sheet and a few more butterflies tucked into the lid. These are nicely out of the way so that the box is still usable.


This is a pretty and simple project with just a few products and steps. Still, I’ve made a little walkthrough if you’d like to see the process of making this #G45BrightSide box.


Step by Step Tutorial:


Check out How to Decorate a Flutter #G45BrightSide Box by Nichola Battilana on Snapguide.


How to Decorate a Flutter #G45BrightSide Box


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Flutter 12x12 Collection Pack

Rose Bouquet Collection—Classic Ivory & Natural Linen

Flutter Stickers

Antique Brass Door Pulls

Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads

Antique Brass Claw Feet



Other Supplies:


What a fantastic altered art box!  Join us in thanking Nichola for the amazing projects that she has shared with us this last year.  Be sure to pop over to her blog and follow along with her whimsical creative journey.  Have a wonderful day, and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!

13 Comment(s)

Margaret R:
05/29/2019, 10:56:16 AM

I love repurposing old boxes of any kind, and this would make a wonderful project! Thank you for the tutorial and all the projects you've shared with us over the year!

Regina Harrison:
05/29/2019, 11:53:05 AM

I love this project. I never would have come up with this light and dark. The effect is amazing. I will really miss seeing your projects. Thank you for all the inspiration.

Rebecca Rosas:
05/29/2019, 01:01:33 PM

This is a great project! I love the contrast between the inside and the outside of the box.

Bev Drake:
05/29/2019, 02:11:50 PM

Fabulous box & just love it. Very tempting to give this a try. Will miss your great ideas & wonderful presentation.

Sue MacFall:
05/29/2019, 02:27:55 PM

What a great project. I have never thought of painting over the lovely papers!!!

Ellen Haydon:
05/29/2019, 06:56:45 PM

This box is not all jazzed up and it the bits and pieces that do have color are just right. I really like the way the white on the box shows up quite interesting. You are enticed to open it up and look in side. Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects.

Carla Hundley:
05/30/2019, 12:01:49 AM

Such a gorgeous box and love the embellishments! Carla from Utah

Debbie Siddle:
05/30/2019, 05:26:04 AM

Very nice and different too

05/30/2019, 07:08:27 AM

So very pretty and feminine. Love it!!

Dorothy McCarthy:
05/30/2019, 07:50:42 AM,

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Martie Rollin:
05/30/2019, 01:32:25 PM

Flutter is a lovely paper collection!

Glenda Buster:
05/30/2019, 03:58:08 PM

Love your creativity! The contrast between the light shabby chic exterior and the bold black interior is marvelous. A perfect contrast.

Maryann Laursen:
05/31/2019, 06:22:45 AM

WAUW this is absolut stunning work. Sooo many amazing and gorgeous detail everywhere I look, that is sooo gorgeous and elegant.

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