DIY Chic Animal Display Storages



I have been collecting these cute jewelry storage boxes and have been wondering what to do with them.  These are the boxes that jewelry often gets sold or shipped in.  The packaging quality is so good that it would be a shame to throw it out.  I was inspired to make these jewelry boxes after looking at a few jewelry boxes from the renaissance period in Europe.  While walking through the aisles of the local craft store, I came across these cute plastic animals and combined the idea!  This is such a easy DIY to do and would look great as a piece of decor in your room or your desk!  I’m so excited to glitter bomb these, aren’t you?  So let’s get started with this, shall we?…..



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First, let’s get started with digging out all those cardboard jewelry boxes from your dresser.  Wipe off all the surfaces with a napkin moistened with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or dirt. 2

As an alternative, you can also use these mini candles jars.  Clean out and remove any wax from the jars.  Make sure you wash the top of the lid in warm and soapy water. 3

Next, get out your Mod-Podge.  In a pinch, if you can’t find Mod-Podge, you can mix 2 parts glue with 1 part water.  For example, to make 3 table spoons of homemade decoupage, mix 2 tablespoons of white craft glue with 1 table spoon of water.  Make sure it’s blended well.  Now while it isn’t as good as the real stuff, it works great for little projects like this!


Ok, now for my favorite part!  Break out the glitter!  For small projects like this, I really like using super fine grain glitter.  The small flake really makes the light and sparkle pop!


As a primer, you can either use a spray primer or some flat white craft paint.  This is an important step as it will help make the colors consistent between the animal and the jewelry box. 6

You will either need E6000 or a hot glue gun to secure the animal to the jewelry box.  Both work just fine for this application.  I ran out of hot glue sticks, so I used E6000.


Finally, you will need some cute little plastic animals.  You can find these from your kids (or little brother and sister) or you can find them at Target or Michaels.

First, you will need to glue the animal’s feet directly to the cleaned box lid.  After letting the glue dry, cover it all in a light coat of primer or flat craft paint.  Once the paint has dried, brush on a light coat of decoupage and then glitter bomb!  Let dry and repeat as necessary.  When coating the decoupage and glitter, I like to do the lid separate from the rest of the box to prevent myself from gluing the top and bottom together.  Once satisfied with the results, you can either spray on a clear coat, a shot of hair spray or a coat of decoupage to seal in the glitter.

You can also spray paint the animals and box in a metallic paint as well.  After priming the animal and box, dust on a few coats of metallic paint.

Enjoy the result!



10 comments on “DIY Chic Animal Display Storages”

  1. Another cute, fun, simple and elegant DIY. Thanks Anne you are a talented and creative woman. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Super cute! Awesome way to incorporate cheep items and making them look fabulous! Keep up the great work!

  3. The hair spray trick works great!!! And if you get paint on you, you can use nail polish remover or hair spray to get it off but hair spray works better

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