How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box

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.

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.comI 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.How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.

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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.How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.

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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.

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.

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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.How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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 :)

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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.

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Here are some more of the after photos:

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Make a Birch Branch Jewelry Box - UpcycledTreasures.com

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. Or what about a unique proposal ring box?

I think it’s adorable and just love the way it came out! I was nervous about the outer layer of peeling bark, but have actually removed it since writing this post and think it looks even bette! I’ll have to add a couple updated photos here soon.

So what do you think?

If you are thinking of using this idea for a rustic or woodland inspired wedding, I have free design printables you can print out and use to transfer on top. They are located on my other blog, A Handcrafted Wedding and you can get them here or by clicking on the photo below.

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You may also want to check out these design transfer related posts:

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Comments

  1. 1

    I really love how this turned out! And I’ve never done the printer paper transfer method you mentioned, but wow it sure looks great!
    Amy W recently posted…Pinterest Challenge, Week 1 : Shoes Off PleaseMy Profile

  2. 2

    OH MY GOODNESS these would make fabulous wedding attendant gift holders! Thanks for this lovely and practical creation!

  3. 3

    It’s really beautiful! I love your method,i can imagine it works Great! Would make an affordable wedding gift.
    Corinna Ashley [ForMyLoveOf blog] recently posted…10 Most Inspiring and Beautiful DIY Area RugsMy Profile

  4. 4

    This is cute! You could really make these for all kinds of things.
    Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus recently posted…Meals Under 30 MinutesMy Profile

  5. 5

    These are so adorable that it hurts. And I love your image transferring technique. Amazes me how that works!
    Amy @ Homey Oh My! recently posted…Spring CenterpieceMy Profile

  6. 6

    This is so gorgeous! I wish I had room for power tools in my apartment … someday:)
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  7. 7

    What a great idea !!! Love how you got the lid to swivel. Great inspiration.

    Sheila

  8. 8

    Oh, this is just so lovely! I am especially fond of that ink transfer. I have always wanted try doing that and I may put it on my weekend crafting roster :)
    Amy | Club Narwhal recently posted…FREE PRINTABLE | STOP HUSTLING FOR NOTHINGMy Profile

  9. 9

    I love how you did the transfer. The jewelry box is very clever.
    Dee recently posted…Spring Eggs and Pussy Willow DecoratingMy Profile

  10. 10

    This is so clever, Katie! Never would have thought of creating a ring box out of a branch!
    Saw you on Brag About It @ VMG206

    Val
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  11. 11

    Did you share a sneak peek of this once before or something like that? It definitely stuck in my mind. I just got a little ring box for my bathroom to keep my ring in at night, and while I like it, every time I think “I wish I had that cute little box Katie made.” I LOVE it!
    Alexis @ Persia Lou recently posted…Bubbly Birthday Classroom Gifts with Free Printable and Studio FileMy Profile

  12. 12

    Oh my goodness, this is absolutely lovely! This would make a fantastic prop for a woodland wedding. I love having a special place to keep my ring :) Pinning this ASAP!!
    Erika Buckley recently posted…Yay for DIY Cermaics! Lotus Flower Ring HolderMy Profile

  13. 13

    Best idea EVER!!! I’m just pinning away! xoox Thanks so much for linking up at Twirl & Take a Bow!
    Robin All Things Heart and Home recently posted…Peachs’s Neet FeetMy Profile

  14. 14

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Pinned!!!
    Christine recently posted…Decorative Eggs with paint and ribbon – 12 Easter CraftsMy Profile

  15. 15

    Good morning! This jewelry box is so cute and clever, I’m featuring it on my blog this morning! Thanks for the great tutorial. ~Lisa
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