DIY Birch Branch Jewelry Box

February 26, 2014 | by Katie (email) |

Sometimes the fun and messy world of creative projects means needing to remove my wedding ring. In fact I once left my ring on underneath my gloves while staining some wood, but when I went to clean the brush I was no longer wearing the gloves, and the stain sorta dripped down onto my ring. Yikes! I nearly had a heart attack, but luckily it was nothing a little vinegar and a baking soda couldn’t fix up.


I wanted a special place to store my rings and being that I’m all about rustic decor, I decided a birch branch jewelry box would do the trick. I already had some birch branches leftover from my Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments so I decided to use that. I wanted my jewelry box to be just a few inches tall since it was only going to hold my wedding ring and band, but you can make yours as tall as you want. Using a pencil, I marked off where I wanted it cut.


Being that Eric {the hubs} likes any excuse to use our new miter saw he jumped at the opportunity to slice the wood for me. We decided to pick up a pack of spade bits to make it easier to create the center hole, plus we figured they would come in handy for future projects.


I have seen people hold their project while drilling into it with these bits, but we decided to clamp the branch down. I had marked where I wanted the hole with an X and then we used the 1 inch spade bit to create the hole, which Eric drilled about 1/3 of the way down. We also made sure there would be enough space on the side of the hole to drill a spot for the wooden dowel that would hold the lid.


Here is a photo of the hole drilled into the bottom of the birch branch. I was going to use a pre-cut wooden dowel to hold the lid in place {you’ll see what I mean a little later}, but wound up cutting off a small piece of a wooden dowel we had leftover from our DIY wedding wands project.



I marked the spot to place the wooden dowel and then afterwards placed a small, sharpened piece of chalk inside and put the top on it to mark where to drill on the lid. I hope this makes sense. I’m sure we could have measured it out on both, but the chalk method worked pretty well.



Here is a photo showing the bottom and lid of the jewelry box with the holes drilled in for the wooden dowel to go into.


I used some 220 grit sandpaper to sand around the edges of the inside as well as on the top of the lid.



Once the lid of my birch jewelry box was sanded, I printed out a design of our initials that I wanted to go on top {in reverse!}. You could also use a word burning tool, but I really like how the wood transfer comes out and it’s super easy too! All you need is an ink jet printer and some regular copy paper, but make sure to print your design in REVERSE so that when you “burn” it into the wood it comes out correctly. I have used this technique several times, including on my “Love you to the Moon & Back” and family established wood signs.


Once you have your design printed you can cut it out, place it design side down onto the wood and then dip a small paintbrush into some water. Don’t get your paintbrush too wet and don’t let it drip either.


Holding your design into place with one hand, use your other hand to brush the water over the design. As the water seeps in you will start to see the image come through. Then you can take the other end of the paintbrush to “burn” the image into the wood. Basically rub over the design {careful not to move the paper or smear the design!} and make sure you cover it completely so it transfers all the way over.


Here is what mine looked like afterwards. The wood was a little wet so I then went over it with a blow dryer because I’m impatient πŸ™‚


Once my design was dry I sprayed the entire branch with a clear sealer. You could also go over yours with beeswax or danish oil, but I didn’t have any on hand.


I then put a couple drops of super glue into the hole we had drilled into the lid and set the wooden dowel inside for a few minutes to make sure it was dry.



I must have gotten a little glue happy and used a bit more than was necessary, woops.


After that I simply placed the other end of my wooden dowel into the bottom of the birch jewelry box and it was good to go, yay! The lid now spins off so I can open or close it, and can even take the lid off completely if I wanted too.


Here are some more of the after photos:




What’s so great about this branch jewelry box is no two will be exactly the same, you can personalize it, and it would even make for a unique gift or ring bearer box. I think it’s adorable and just love the way it came out! What do you think?

11 Responses
  1. This is ABSOLUTELY so cool! Pinned and hope to make one soon!

  2. Kathryn says:

    This is so cute! What a fun project!

  3. JustME says:

    This is just so darn cute Katie! I love it.

  4. I am so impressed by this! Love, love, love it, Katie!

  5. I love your diy! So pretty. Feel free to drop by and share it at my party if you have time to drop by. Have a great weekend ahead!

  6. Melissa says:

    This is just what I was looking for. One question though: did the bark separate at all? I’m looking to make one for my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding so peeling bark might be a problem.

  7. Stacey says:

    This would be so cute utilized as a gifts tooth fairy

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