How to Make a DIY Small Jewelry Box Out of an Old Mint Tin

7 Materials
5 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a DIY small jewelry box using a mint tin. If you’ve been looking for some DIY jewelry box ideas, this is a super simple one that looks and functions beautifully. Let’s get started!

This post was transcribed by a member of the Upstyle editorial team from the original UpstyleTV episode.

Tools and materials:

  • Mint tin box
  • Scissors
  • Scrap fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Hot glue
Tracing the shape of the box

1. Trace the box

The first thing you should do is trace the bottom of your tin box onto your scrap of cardboard.

Cutting out the traced shape

2. Cut

Cut out the traced shape you made.

Placing the cardboard inside

3. Place the cardboard inside

Take your piece of cardboard and pop it into your tin container. Now, you want it to fit inside with a little bit of room to spare.

Dividing the compartments

4. Divide your cardboard

Now, divide your cardboard into three compartments with a really general sketch.

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5. Cut the scrap cardboard into walls and glue it to the cardboard compartment sketch

Take the remaining scrap of cardboard and cut it to size to create the walls for your compartments. You can fold the cardboard in half so it’s a little sturdier.

Make your own jewelry box

After you measure the width, you can use the tin to measure the height. You want it to be a couple of millimeters smaller than the full height of the tin. 

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Fold the open edge down under the bottom of the tin.

Glue on thewall separators

Then, you can fold those two open edges out and you’ll have two tabs where you can securely glue the separating wall.

Make your own jewelry box with separate compartments

Here’s what your tin jewelry box’s compartment separator should look like.

Adding glue to the walls to make them sturdy

As you can see, I added some extra glue to join the walls together and make them extra sturdy.

Gluing fabric to the compartment

6. Glue fabric to the compartment

Now, to decorate, start by covering one side of the compartment with glue.

Sticking the fabric into place

Then, stick your fabric into place. As you go, carefully pinch all of the fabric in place to make sure it’s stuck down and not going anywhere.

Gluing the back edges

Finally, add glue to the back edges and trim off the extra fabric.

How to make a DIY jewelry box

7. Glue down the compartment to the tin box

Now to test: put your compartment into your tin box to see if it fits. 

Applying hot glue with a glue gun

Once you’re happy with it, just glue it down.

Gluing fabric to the outside

8. Glue fabric to the outside

To decorate the outside, just glue some fabric to the top and bottom. I used a furry piece of fabric and just brushed down the fur over the sides.

DIY small jewelry box

DIY small jewelry box

Now, your adorable, travel-sized DIY jewelry box is complete! It’s so fantastic and came out so well. There’s space for necklaces, rings, and earrings too. It stays closed, it’s protected, and it’s perfect for traveling or giving as a groovy little gift box.

Let me know if you decide to make your own jewelry box using this tutorial!

Suggested materials:
  • Mint tin box
  • Scissors
  • Scrap fabric
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  • Mary Vance Mary Vance on Oct 04, 2023

    I made a hearing aid box out of one. Used craft foam on the bottom, put in a silica bag from a pair of shoes (dry out in oven which is cooling from baking something), pop in my hearing aids at night. Didn't want anything fancy, now maybe I do and will try some other ideas. Thank you.

  • Mysterious One Mysterious One on Feb 08, 2024

    Great repurposing idea! However, I’d like to make a suggestion: Also cover the inside of the lid for a finished look.