[Tutorial] Shabby Chic DIY Jewelry Box


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!

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