Make This: Home Sweet Gnome Jewelry Caddy DIY with Secret Compartment

By Brittni • posted on 02/13/2024

DIY // gnome home jewelry caddy

You may remember from this post that I’m one of thirteen bloggers participating in Trade & Made, an interactive, cross-country challenge created to inspire creatives.

And today is the final reveal. So what did I end up using from my box of mystery supplies? A glass bottle from Specialty Bottle, acrylic paint + brush from DecoArt, and a kraft cone from Michaels. With those supplies, and only those supplies, I created a tiny gnome home for some of my jewelry that blends in with other decor on a shelf, etc. It kind of looks like a place a gnome would live, right?

Store rings on the ‘roof’ and smaller things, like pins, earrings, etc inside the jar (that’s the secret compartment)…Just pop off the roof, unscrew the lid, toss your jewelry in and close it back up. It would also work for other valuables that you want to hide in plain site.

DIY // cute jewelry storage solution

How did I make it? Well, like I said, I could only use items that were included in my box. So, I mixed my own colors from the paints I received – grey, purple, and green for the blueish grey color, which I used for the roof, and orange & pink for the pinkish peach color, which I used for the base. Then it was just a matter of letting everything dry and putting the pieces together. But honestly, this project is pretty straight forward, so I’ll let the photos do the talking…

DIY jewelry caddy // instructions

ring holder diy


DIY // jewelry holder project

So that’s what I came up with. What do you think? Too quirky/crazy or just right?

Thank you to MichaelsFor the MakersDecoArt, Clear & Simple Stamps, and Specialty Bottle for providing all the goodies in the mystery boxes. And to Gloria, from Little White Whale, for designing the Trade & Made website that links up to everyone involved. And, of course, to Erin & Laura for inviting me to take part in this year’s challenge.

Visit the Trade & Made website to view all thirteen projects from this challenge.

22 comments | Click here to reply

Lex! Sorry I never responded to this…it’s from West Elm (it’s a tea towel).


Brit, I absolutely love this! I love your paint colors, too! And where is that fabric from?!?!?! IKEA?

Lexy | The Proper Pinwheel

this is so cute!!! I have plenty of those cones lying around from being a textiles student, so i’ll definitely be giving this a go! thanks for sharing 🙂



Very clever! And what a gorgeous use of color!!

Mandy Pellegrin // Fabric Paper Glue

fantastic job, brittni! it’s so cute, love that it’s like a little house. and who doesn’t love secret compartments?

juni // hej juni

Oh geez. That shade of orange is delicious! I want to paint everything with that shade! Such a creative project!

Amber Kemp-Gerstel

Thanks Rebecca and Jasmine. I have to admit…Last night I stayed up really late and started thinking, “Is this project cool or just totally weird?!”. Ha! Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone! Makes me smile.


It’s perfect! So so clever and fun!

Jasmine - Scissors Paper Stone

Oh I love this! I really do!
So simple, and yet you have this wonderful, professional looking piece at the end! And so handy too!
You could make a whole set to sit along a shelf 🙂


Thanks Chelsea and Kelly! I loved both of your projects for this challenge (as you know).


I love that this jewelry caddy has dual purposes! And I love that you modeled it after a gnome. Hehe!

Kelly @ Studio DIY

That would have been so cool if it were that tiny Alexandra (with the nail polish bottle)…Wonder if I can find any cones that small. Hmm…


So effing cute!

Chelsea C.

Super cute! Love it. And it’s super easy to make, which I like even more.

At first I thought the base was a nail polish bottle haha. I have a similar shade in my collection.

Alex from

Alexandra Pettinato

Thanks Becca and Audrey. And Audrey- I love the cloud mobile that you came up with! Very clever.


Such a cute idea, the gnome one – made me smile 🙂

Audrey - This Little Street

Super cute! I love that this is what you came up with. I’m going to check out all the other projects right now!



Thanks for hosting such a cool challenge, Laura! It was fun to be a part of it.


This is such an adorable idea and one I never would have thought of. I love it! Thanks for participating in the challenge, Brittni!

Laura Parke

Thanks ladies. 🙂 And you should totally make one of these Nicole.


I love it! 🙂


such a cute idea! I totally need one of these!

Nicole Underwood
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