HOLD IT: JEWE LRY BOX
Fig. F: After gluing the jewelry pads in place, paint and
add trim to the ring tray. Fig. G: Decide on the hook
placement before screwing them into place.
14. Arrange the clear teardrop flower petals around
each center — 7 for the larger center one and
6 around each smaller one. Glue them down with
craft glue (Figure J).
15. Last, you’ll add the tiny green leaves by placing
marquise-shaped green rhinestones in pairs to
complement each flower (Figure J).
Add 4 more pairs at each corner of the design as
shown, and glue them down with craft glue. Use a
cotton swab to wipe away excess glue. Let them dry
TIPS: For a sturdier box, use small nails or
screws in addition to gluing it together. Don’t
use 527 cement to attach the rhinestones —
it will affect the color and dissolve some of the
metallic backing, leaving the stones cloudy.
This cement can also damage the paint coating
on the box, so be careful as you use it.
Add Optional Hinges
After Step 9, glue the small hinges to the box lid
using 527 cement. Attach the other half of the hinges
to the back wall of the box, pressing down firmly.
Let dry completely. Be sure not to get any glue in
the hinges themselves. Later, you can add trim and
ribbon (if desired) to cover the hinge edges.
Daisy brooches: vintage
Green brooch: Cathy of California
All other jewelry: Susan Beal
Glues, rhinestones, paint, brushes:
Trim, specialty rhinestones:
Jewelry tray and pads: New Box Corporation,
(213) 623-3800 or Rio Grande,
Susan Beal is a Portland writer and designer. She co-wrote
Super Crafty: Over 75 Amazing How-to Projects, and her
jewelry, skirt kits, and writing can be found at