5 Minute DIY: How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

Remember those kraft boxes I used last week for that DIY hanging planter project? Well, I saved the lids so I could create these DIY jewelry dishes. And I wanted to share the super quick tutorial.

You only need two supplies for this project: kraft box lids and gloss enamel paint. That’s it. You don’t even need a paint brush!

Want to make your own? Here’s how…

Supplies for Jewelry Dish

Supplies: small kraft box lids (available at crafts stores in the paper mache crafts aisle) and gloss enamel paint

How To:

1. To make your own jewelry and trinket dishes, squirt glass enamel paint into the lid of a kraft box. I used three different colors to create a colorful abstract design.

2. Then, tip the lid over on it’s side and start gently taping the lid on a flat surface. This will move the paint around and give it a haphazard design.

Note: Don’t be afraid to use a decent amount of paint for each dish. Using a little more paint than necessary will soften the edges of the lid and make it appear more dish than lid. Plus, it’s fun to have a bunch of paint to move around the interior and exterior.

3. Continue this process until the entire lid is covered in paint (sides and all). Then, wait for the paint to dry overnight before using. That’s it!

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with Two Supplies

My only complaint about the finished pieces is that I wish there was a little bit more control over the type of abstract designs created. My favorite dishes are the ones that don’t look marbled. But some of that part of the process is just luck. You get what you get, kind of.

BUT you can go back and add more paint in certain ares that you don’t like (even before it dries) and tap the sides again to move the paint around. So, if you end up with a design you’re really not crazy about, you can easily salvage it with more paint.

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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You could also use something like a toothpick or cotton bud to move the paint around for a marbled effect, perhaps? I have never used enamel paint before so not sure if this would work, but if it can be shifted around by tapping, traditional marbling techniques should work just as well 🙂


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Hi S. If you only use one photo (of the finished project) and link back to me, I’m happy to give you permission. 🙂 Thanks for asking.


Hi Brittni
I absolutely love this blog post! I was wondering if it would be ok to use on my website for inspiration (it is a jewelry site) if I make sure to credit you and add a link to your blog?

Best wishes


Hi Annah. Gloss enamels are fairly easy to come by…You can purchase them on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1o6iejU I imagine you could try acrylic instead, but I’m not as confident that it would set up properly, considering the thickness of the paint layers. Hope that helps.


I can’t say for sure, since I’ve never tried it. But I would imagine it would work, as long as the surface isn’t slick.


Can I do this with ceramic as well and use the same kind of paint?


Hi would you be able to recommend another type of paint that i could use? acrylic paint etc. I’ve never heard of gloss enamel!


Hi, I love this idea! but I don’t have any of those kind of box lids do you have any idea of other things that i could use as the lid? Thanks! – Sarah 🙂


this is really a beautiful idea and comes in so handy and easy to make.
just make sure the pait is completely dry before you take it to use.some corrosive paints can harm your favourite jewellery.

saurabh jain

Love the jewelry box top paint so cool. Great idea.

Cheryl Johnosn

Looks awesome, Cerys. Love the way the nail polish turned out.


Loved it so much, I had a go myself!


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