Interiors

Wooden Design Boxes

I’m pretty stuffed right now to be honest, after such a long weekend of eating, enjoying some sun (emphasis on some) and eating a little bit more I will like I’m Christmas hungover all over again. I really enjoyed this weekend, spending it with some wonderful friends, my family and significant other. And it was surely an unusual feeling for me to have so much time on my hand, with my last oral exam for my bachelor’s degree being finally over (I have a degree! What do I do with that?) and my new courses starting in two weeks.

To be honest, I was a bit helpless, and my mind kept searching for some things I might have forgotten or I could work ahead for. There wasn’t a thing. This is so nice! I really could enjoy my Sunday brunch and eat all the things I baked on Saturday (that Brunch bread – try it!), and do some things I usually postpone. How did you spend your Easter weekend by the way? Apart from being pleasantly unproductive I was productive in a way: I crafted these astonishingly easy wooden boxes. Want to give them a try?

You need:

  • Wooden boxes in two sizes
  • Special wax for antique furniture
  • Small golden nails
  • Vintage leather lace
  • Side cutter
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver

wood-1Treat the boxes with some special wax or oil to enhance the vein of the wood. Take a cotton cloth and evenly apply the wax on all sides. Let everything dry completely, then polish the wood with a brush. Repeat this process until you are happy with the result.

With a screwdriver get rid of the clasps that are attached to the front of the boxes. Carefully unscrew the screws attaching them to the wood.

Cut the strap into pieces in a length of your choice. For the first design crop three pieces of leather which are about 10 centimetres long. On the front of the box mark where the straps should be places. To make a sort of lug at the front mark a range of about 9 centimetres, one at the lid of the box and one at the body.

wood-2Attach the leather strap on one side by driving in two small nails. Hammer them through the leather first as help. If they go right through the wood, shorten them on the other side with a side cutter. Repeat the process with the other side of the strap, but remember to make a lug beforehand!

wood-3On the top of the box mark where the last strap should be placed. Attach the strap with two nails on each side and shorten the nails if necessary.

wood-4For the other design crop two 10-centimetre pieces of the lighter leather and one 8-centimetre piece (since the box is smaller). Make a loop with one of the larger pieces and attach it to the front of the lid with one nail. Repeat this with the other loop right beside the first one.

wood-5Attach another lug at the top of the lid, marking a 7-centimetre area first. Hammer in one nail on each side of the leather strap this time.

You’re done! I’m a bit surprised how good they actually look, I actually just wanted to attach the leather to the top of the lid and the sides but then had the idea to remove the clasps at the front and put the leather there instead. It’s funny how I sometimes have ideas in the middle of crafting, and that’s how they actually evolve during the process. They look nice, don’t they? I just haven’t got the slightest idea what to put in them, they’re just decorative pieces at the moment. Do you have an idea? Hope you are inspired!

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Clarissa
    30th March 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I like how clean but upscale they look with the leather – you could use them as a gift box for someone special!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      31st March 2016 at 9:11 am

      Good idea! Glad you like them!

  • Reply
    Carmen
    30th March 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Very cool. Each box is sleek & fun but still has that minimalist look. Great idea. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      31st March 2016 at 9:11 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Cara
    1st April 2016 at 9:38 am

    These look great, I can’t believe they’re handmade! Fab job X
    http://www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      1st April 2016 at 10:40 am

      Thank you, glad you like them 🙂

  • Reply
    nadia@maisontravers
    1st April 2016 at 12:46 pm

    My, you are handy. I am great with cooking but useless when it comes to anything involving a hammer and nails.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      1st April 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Well now I’m flattered, thank you! I guess it’s my father’s influence, he always used to involve me when crafting stuff 🙂

  • Reply
    Annie Abbey
    11th April 2016 at 1:22 pm

    What a super cute and easy DIY! I am loving the little loop handles 🙂 Sounds like you had an amazing weekend!
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      12th April 2016 at 7:57 am

      I definitely had! I’m glad you like the project 🙂

  • Reply
    Gabriella
    11th April 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I love these boxes! What a brilliant idea.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      12th April 2016 at 7:56 am

      Thank you very much! 🙂

  • Reply
    Natura Pisos
    21st November 2018 at 8:47 pm

    ¡Me encantan las fotografías! Sin duda los pisos de madera son un atractivo visual, además aportan calidez y sofisticación a la habitación.

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