DIY Decoupage Graphic 45 Jewelry Box

Posted by Katie King
Learn how you can transform a plain paper-mache box into a vintage inspired, romantic jewelry box.

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One scrapbooking paper craft company that I think produces some of the prettiest papers, is Graphic 45! Now if you're not familiar with Graphic 45, they produce scrapbooking papers and craft products which have a vintage look. More specifically, this vintage look captures the feel of the 1920's and 30's!

I always look forward to when they come out with new products because (I think) their design work and themed paper pack ideas, just gets better and better. Recently, I discover some of their papers from their Mon Amour collection. The papers in this collection are so beautiful and scream vintage, romantic valentines. After coming across a paper entitled ''Mon Amour'', I knew it would be perfect for a Valentine's Day project!

So today folks, I'm going to be showing you how to create a vintage inspired decoupage jewelry box for Valentine's Day!

Now the paper-mache jewelry box that I'm using in this project, is from Darice. In this jewelry box, you have a mirror, a ring compartment, one small jewelry compartment and one big jewelry compartment. It's really the perfect size for a project like this and can hold a nice amount of jewelry.

For the decoupaging and look of this box, I wanted to go with something that was really vintage, but more on the darker side. This is because I wanted the paper to standout. However, decoupaging is all about being creative! So you can really have fun decorating your own jewelry box, with embellishments, glitter and even distress markers.

To find out how to create your own decoupage jewelry box, just check out the full tutorial below!


  • Darice Paper-Mache Jewelry Box w/Mirror
  • 2 Pieces of Graphic 45- Mon Amour - Mon Amour 12 x12 Paper (These papers are double sided, so I used both sides of the paper in this project.)
  • Black Paint
  • Mod Podge (I used the gloss finish)
  • Foam Brush
  • Glitter
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers (I used Festive Berries)
  • Craft Knife
  • Scissors
  • Black Felt
  • E6000
  • Dimensional Magic

Paint your jewelry box black, inside and out. Then set it aside to dry.

Grab a piece of your scrapbooking paper and cut it down to size so it will fit the top of your jewelry box. Then glue it down to your box using some Mod Podge.

Once your paper has been glued down, grab some of your black paint and begin distressing your box.

When you're happy with the overall look, set your jewelry box aside to dry.

Now grab more pieces of your scrapbooking paper and cut out interesting pieces to collage on top of your jewelry box. Once you have your pieces cut out, glue them into place using your Mod Podge.

Then repeat step 2 for distressing this new layer on your jewelry box. Once everything is glued down and distress, set your jewelry box aside to dry.

Begin embellishing certain areas of your scrapbooking paper by using your glitter and distress markers. When doing this step, you can get as detail and creative as you want!

For my jewelry box, I used the distress marker for the girl's lips and different colors of glitter to emphasize the roses, the girl's gloves and the guy's white shirt.

When you're happy with all your embellishing, set your box aside to dry.

Cut out pieces of black felt, that will fit inside each compartment of your jewelry box. Then glue down each piece of felt with some E6000.

Again (like I have to tell you), set your jewelry box aside to dry!

On a side note, this step is completely optional. I just think it gives the box a more luxurious look and is nice way to protect your jewelry.

Now apply a thin coat of Dimensional Magic to the top of your jewelry box. When applying the Dimensional Magic you may want to have a tooth pick handy so you can pop any air bubbles. At first the top of your box may look ''cloudy'' but that's ok because it will dry completely clear. After you finish applying the Dimensional Magic, set your box aside to dry for 24 hours.

When the Dimensional Magic is dry, you're ready to start using your new jewelry box!

I think using a darker paint color and distressing the scrapbooking paper, really gives the jewelry box that vintage look! This little jewelry box not only makes a good place to store your jewelry, but a nice piece of Valentine's Day holiday decor! I think something like this, would look really pretty sitting on a desk or vanity.

Are you a fan of Graphic 45? If so what products do you love from their line?