DIY Gemstone-Topped Jewelry Boxes

DIY Gemstone Topped Jewelry Box craft

I was beyond thrilled to be invited back to Oregon’s KATU Afternoon Live show last month – to demonstrate how to make these beautiful DIY gemstone-topped jewelry boxes (for Valentine’s Day…or any other gift-giving occasion really!)

Watch below as I demonstrate with host Tra-Renee how to make your own to rival those $45+ boxes you see at the home decor stores!

How to DIY Your Own Gemstone- (or Agate, or Geode) Topped Jewelry Box

DIY Supplies for Making Your Own Agate Jewelry Box That I Mentioned in the Video:

Boxes: unfinished wooden boxes found at Michael’s. You could also buy them online here.
Paint for Inside and Outside of Boxes: I used Martha Stewart Crafts line of acrylic paints
Sliced Agate: Ed’s House of Gems (store on Sandy Blvd. in NE Portland, OR to buy lovely rocks and sliced agate pieces) //
Silver Titanium Heart Crystal: (I mistakenly called it “hematite” in the video, oops) (search results for heart crystal since the exact one I featured is no longer available)
Gold Calligraphy Pen: this is the type I used for painting the raw edges of the boxes; it creates a lovely metallic finish
2-Part Epoxy: you can use any kind as long as it’s clear, I used this one and it’s never EVER coming off that box!
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (for a glossy, resin-like finish): Michael’s, Jo-Ann Crafts, or online here
Happy DIY’ing!


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NWT Shirt for Sale: Please Take It Off My Hands!

Just a quick post to share this shirt I’m selling:

New With Tags Priorities Plaid Shirt with Front Ruffle, size M

Worn once in the America’s Most Stylish Blogger Contest here, and once above for this photo.  It has a sweet Laura Ingalls Wilder-feel to it, but I really need to make space in my overstuffed closet.  If you’re interested in buying it, you can see a couple more photos here.

I’m selling it for $22, plus $6 shipping U.S., $12 International.

I’m selling a number of items from my closet as well, just click through to my blog shop and see if there’s anything you like and I’ll combine shipping!

Friendly neighborhood cat Squeakers not included.

Email me here if you’re interested!

Outfit credits:

Hematite Swarovski Crystal Resin Geode Earrings: handmade by me

Ruffled Plaid Shirt: Priorities

Rectangle Silver Buckle Belt: I forgot

Dark Rinse Jeggings: UNIQLO

Ribbon-Tie Galoshes: dav (purchase from HauteLook; similar here)


3.4.12 Outfit: Pastels and a Tutu

    Tanktop: so old I don’t remember

Horseshoe pendant necklace: won in a Lucky Magazine giveaway…so Lucky Magazine-brand??

Distressed wrap ballet shirt: DIY (of a Hanes…? shirt)

Metal tubing Doublewear hair elastics: Goody

Two-pocket Bandolier Messenger: Marni [gift from my mother-in-law]

Blue tulle skirt: Spiral Girl

Blue diamond-print tights: so old I don’t even remember

Flowered socks: H&M

Painted suede wedges: DIY (tutorial here)

I always have a tough time with that transitional period between Winter and Spring.  (more…)

Carly love, it is Grishley! What are the best ways that you have found to make money from the lovely things you make? I am saving for a new camera and thought you would be the best person to ask! xoxo-Grishley

Hi Grishley!
Lovely to hear from you! I’m not sure if it’s really the “best” – I’m still trying things and seeing how they work – but I’ve had some success with listing things on Etsy, and some with listing on my website. I figure, the more places you post something, the more exposure it gets! It may take awhile to generate online sales, so if you are in need of something quick, you might try participating in a craft fair to sell your goods. (Of course, you have to weigh the costs associated with your space and displays vs. your projected sales…and the first time it may not be worth it.) But at least doing it once to begin with will give you an idea as to what you can expect, and give you the ability to tailor your offerings to sell better.)
With crafting items to sell, I can tell you the money certainly doesn’t bowl you over and it is a huge time commitment, but if you can find a niche or a market (i.e., a demand) for you items then you can certainly make enough to save for a big purchase like a camera!
Best of luck!

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