Gather your supplies & tools. The main items are the regular Graphic 45 Book Box and the ATC Book Box along with the Hallowe'en in Wonderland 12x12 Deluxe Collector's Edition plus ribbons & flowers.
Start with the two Graphic 45 Book Boxes and Scor-Tape.
Open each book box and on the INSIDE spine area, apply Scor-tape as shown.
Peel off the tape backing.
Close the book up so that the lid sticks to the scor-tape, sealing up that spine area. Do this for both book boxes.
Use a craft knife or scissors to completely cut away the front panel on the LARGER book box.
With the front panel cut away, your box will look like this. Save the front piece you cut off. You will now create a drawer to go in to the open space.
Open up the top and apply glue to the three top edges as shown. Glue the lid down.
The larger book box is now sealed up with just the opening on the front for the drawer you will create in the next steps.
Cut the following from black chipboard: 1 each 4 3/8" x 6 1/4"; 2 each 4 3/8" x 2" and 1 each 6 1/14" x 2". You will also use the piece that you cut away from book box.
Glue the chipboard pieces that you cut onto a piece of black cardstock. Glue two sides and one back onto the base piece. See next photo/step.
Make sure you allow a space between each chipboard piece as shown. About the width of the chipboard.
Use scissors to trim the cardstock as shown in this photo. The cut on each end of the back piece needs to be flush with the chipboard and all the way to the corner point.
Apply Scor-tape to all of the top edges of the cardstock as shown.
Peel the tape backing off and use your scissors to cut a small slant on the end of each "flap" as shown.
Fold all the cardstock top edge flaps down onto the chipboard to create finished edges. Burnish to make sure the tape sticks.
Add scor-tape to the front short flaps on the drawer piece as shown in photo.
Fold those flaps down onto the chipboard as shown to finish the front edge of the box.
Apply scor-tape to the remaining two short flaps on the back side of the drawer piece.
Apply glue into the spaces between the chipboard sides. Pull the sides up and attach the flaps on the back of the drawer onto the back chipboard side of the drawer.
Fit the drawer into the open section of the book box to make sure it is a good fit.
Next you will need to wrap the piece you cut off of the book box as this will be the front of your drawer. Cut cardstock so you have about 3/4" around all 4 sides of the chipboard front piece.
Apply glue to the back side of the chipboard piece.
Glue down onto the cardstock, centered as shown.
Use scissors to miter cut all four corners of the cardstock as shown.
Use scor-tape and attach the long sides of the cardstock down first.
Then fold over and attach the two short sides, make sure you have a nice mitered corner.
Take the drawer piece out of the book box and stand it up with the front end facing up and apply glue to the three edges as shown.
Allow the piece to dry. You will now have a drawer to slide into the book box which is now the base of your trinket box.
Measure the corners on the inside of the drawer and cut 1" wide x height of drawer (on the inside) cardstock structure hinges. Score in half as shown and add scor-tape. Attach these into the corners.
Create another structure hinge piece 1" wide x length of front of box where you cut away the side.
Attach the long hinge piece with scor-tape all the cut raw edge of the book box to create a nice finished edge.
In the corners if you still have some raw bits showing, use a black Sharpie pen or other marker to color in the raw parts.
Mark the center of the drawer and punch holes as needed to install the metal Graphic 45 Drawer Pull.
Temporarily install the drawer pull at this point as you will need to remove it to pattern the outside and inside of the drawer in a later step.
Next you will need to attach the top, smaller (Graphic 45 ATC Book Box) section of the trinket box. In earlier steps, you already attached the lid to the back outer section of the box as shown.
Flip the small book box over (make sure the lid that opens is away from you) and apply scor-tape as shown to the BOTTOM of the book box.
Peel off the tape backing.
Center side to side and attach flush to the back of the larger book box as shown.
Optional: If you wish to add a mirror to your trinket box, you will need a small flat mirror. The size of your mirror may differ from mine. Find a decorative die that will cover your mirror. Cut 2.
Next on ONE of the decorative shapes that you cut with a die out of cardstock, use an oval die to cut out the center for the mirror.
Glue your mirror to the solid decorative cardstock piece as shown. Also add glue to the areas that extend from the mirror.
Next attach the Oval cardstock frame over the front of the mirror and use clips to hold it in place and allow to dry.
Measure and mark the center of the smaller, top book box on the lid.
If you have a drill, measure the 6" piece of #8 threaded road to determine what size drill bit to use. If you do not have a drill you can try to use a hole punch or tool to poke a hole in the lid.
In this photo I am drilling one hole in the lid piece only of the box for my mirror "stand."
Attach a glass decorative drawer/cabinet knob onto the threaded rod and insert into a party straw. Cut the straw shorter than the rod allowing space for two washers and nuts to fit on the bottom.
Place the knob, rod & straw assembly over the back of the mirror piece and tape into place.
Apply scor-tape to the straw and mirror piece as shown.
Use the die to cut another piece of decorative cardstock. Shape the center as shown.
Peel off the tape backing, add glue and attach the cardstock piece over the straw/rod assembly. Allow to dry completely.
Add one nut and a washer to the bottom of the straw assembly. If necessary, trim off a bit of the straw to make room for the nut on the outside AND the inside of the lid.
Insert the mirror assembly into the hole in the lid and attach with another nut and washer. Attach temporarily to see if fits the way you like as you will need to remove it to pattern the lid.
This is how your trinket box will look with the optional mirror piece prior to patterning it.
Next, measure, cut and ink patterned paper to cover all the sections of your trinket box.
Make sure to re-punch the holes through the patterned papers so you can reattach the mirror and the drawer pull.
Re-attach the drawer pull before adding patterned paper to the inside of the drawer.
After the drawer pull has been attached, go ahead and pattern the inside and outside sections of the drawer. Note: You should not pattern the INSIDE of the box. Pattern the drawer only.
If desired, cut very narrow strips of paper to pattern the base of the top section of the trinket box.
Add patterned paper to the inside of the top section of the trinket box, make sure to punch the hole for the mirror if adding one through all layers of patterned paper.
Use your decorative die and oval die to cut patterned paper for the mirror.
Also cut a small piece of patterned paper to cover the party stray. Put scor-tape on the back of the piece of paper.
Pull the tape backing off, roll and wrap the patterned paper around the straw to make it match your trinket box.
Glue strips of chipboard to the back of the patterned paper for the front of the mirror. Allow to dry.
Use glue to attach patterned paper to the back of the mirror.
This is the back of your mirror.
Add glue to the chipboard strips on the back of the paper for the front of the mirror. Attach to the front.
Your finished mirror piece will look like this.
If you wish to add legs to your trinket box, use glossy accent to attach legs or beads that will serve as legs to the four bottom corners of the trinket box. Allow to dry overnight if possible.
Use a large circle punch and a Tim Holtz watch face to create a pocket watch for the front of your box. Use glossy accent to glue hands to the clock (cut down the hands if needed) and attach a heart.
Ink the edges of the paper circles for the clock.
Re-attach the mirror piece to the lid using nuts and washers on the outside and the inside as shown. Tighten securely. When the lid is open, the mirror piece will hold the lid up as shown.
To create a closure piece for the lid, cut a piece of cardstock 3" long x 1" wide. Stub punch the ends and fold in half as shown.
Apply glue to one side and attach the clock.
Cut 1 inch squares of chipboard to create a spacer for the clock.
Glue several of the chipboard squares together adding as needed to fill the gap between the front of the box and the clock.
This is where the spacers should be on the back of the clock.
Cut a small strip of patterned paper to form and attach to the back of the clock to hide the chipboard spacers.
Apply glue to the back of the spacers and glue another circle over the area.
You will need to cut a straight edge along the top edge of the patterned paper circle piece. Add a magnetic snap to the back of the tab piece as shown.
Glue the clock piece to the front (centered) of the top box with the tab piece wrapped over onto the top of the lid.
Prior to permanently attaching the magnet snap, attach a metal hitch fastener as shown. You will want to pattern the tab before attached the fastener.
Position the magnet snap just below the screw of the fastener.
Add patterned paper over the magnet side of the tab piece.
Attach an opposing magnet snap to the lid to hold the tab piece closed. You will need to add fussy cut paper elements over the magnet on the lid to cover it up when you start decorating your box.
At this point, this is what your trinket box with mirror looks like. Note: The mirror will turn so you can see the back side. You are now ready to decorate your trinket box.
Use scissors to fussy cut out several characters and assorted elements from the patterned paper. It's easier to keep up with your fussy cut pieces if you put them all in a small box or basket.
Tip: A great way to prep your fussy cut pieces is to use a dark grey Copic marker to color the cut edges to get rid of any exposed white.
Decorate the inside of the lid with lace or ribbon and a decorative strip such as this strip of cards from the Hallowe'en in Wonderland paper collection.
Add flowers, other cut out elements and bits of ribbon, tulle or gauze to hide the nut & washer on the inside of the lid.
Also add decoration to the top of your lid and around your mirror. You can create a small dresser out of a tiny matchbook box, beads for perfume bottles, roses, lace and fussy cut pieces.
Tear out the center of a black rose and shape a paper cut out with a face into the center of the rose. Add smaller roses, spider webs, ribbon, gauze, glass beads and heart stick pins.
Don't forget the back of your trinket box. Use chipboard pieces from the paper collection to add a decorative piece and strips of paper as shown.
Continue adding contrast by adding strips of decorative paper along each side of the base.
This is my finished Curiouser Curiouser Trinket Box decorated with the fabulous Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland collection. Use the tag albums that came with the book boxes to create mini albums.
Don't forget to add a collage of characters to the backside of your mirror if you choose to add one. Also add a pretty bow to both sides of the mirror and ribbon to the front side.
You can add trinkets, jewelry, tokens, notes or whatever you'd like into your trinket box.
Use Glossy Accents to add a small chain to your clock/watch. Also add fussy cut characters to the front of your box.
Inside the drawer of my trinket box, I created a Alice in Wonderland Quotes Junk Journal using the same Graphic 45 paper collection.
I decorated an ATC tag album along with chipboard pieces from the collection into the smaller section of my trinket box.
I hope you've enjoyed following along with my Snapguide and will consider making your own trinket box using any of the Graphic 45 collections that you love. It's tea time now. Happy Crafting! ~Sandy
- Graphic 45 Staples ATC Book Box, Black
- Graphic 45 Staples Book Box, Black
- Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland Collection
- Graphic 45 Door Pull, Shabby Chic
- Graphic 45 Door Plates & Knobs, Shabby Chic
- Optional: Small Flat Mirror, approx. 2.5" x 3"
- Optional: 6" long #8 Threaded Rod
- Optional: #8 Nuts & Washers
- Black Chipboard
- Black Card Stock
- 8" Party Straw
- Decorative Oval Die & Regular Oval Die
- Ribbons & Tulle
- Cheesecloth or Gauze (Stained/Antiqued)
- Heart beads & Heart Stick Pins
- Rhinestone Beads
- Flower Punch or Dies, Silver Seed Beads
- Tim Holtz Clock Face & Chain
- Glossy Accents
- Black Lace
- Distress Ink, Black Soot
- Prima and/or Petaloo Flowers
- Kaisercraft Black Roses
- Scor-tape and Glue
- Metal Hitch Fastener
- Decorative drawer pull purchased at hardware store
- Large Magnetic Snap Set (+/-)