I think what I love most about the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core, is that I can mimic the look of metallic home decor without needing tools from the garage. Speaking of tools from the garage- doesn’t this cardstock look masculine? I think it adds the perfect “manly” touch to this DIY trinket box. A perfect place for my husband to corral his loose change and perpetually lost keys.
Here’s how I created my Father’s Day DIY trinket box gift to my husband this year. (I hope it will help him keep the nightstand tidy!)
Supplies needed to make your own DIY trinket box:
- Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Cardstock (one sheet in silver)
- Wooden Keepsake Box with Wood Frame
- Small 1.5″ Wooden Letter “D” (2)
- Small 1.5″ Wooden Letter “A” (1)
- Silver Paint
- Mini Brads
- Sand-it Gadget
- Awl or Tool to Create Holes
- Hot Glue Gun/ Glue Sticks
- Wood Stain
- Paper Crimper Tool
The first thing you will need to do is prepare your wooden box frame for staining. Sand any rough edges.
Stain the entire box. You can use any sort of stain you would like. Most of the exterior of the box will eventually be covered by metallic cardstock.
Allow the stain to dry according to manufacturer directions. While the stain is drying, paint your small wooden letters silver.
Select a silver sheet of metallic cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallics pad. Cut three (3) 12″ x 3/4″ strips. Also cut three (3) 12″ x 1″ strips.
Run all six strips through a paper crimping tool.
Using a Sand-it Gadget, sand the crimped strips to allow the kraft colored core of the paper to come to the surface. This will make the paper strips take on the appearance of rusty galvanized metal.
Cut one of each size of the paper strips in half.
Using the thinner sized strips, lay the strips on top of the box, along the perimeter of the frame. Use the half strips to span the shorter length(s) of the frame. Use some temporary adhesive to hold the strips in place.
Trim strips on a diagonal, corner to corner, where the strips overlap with scissors. This will create mitered corners on your frame.
Discard the cut scraps.
Remove the paper strips and attach mini brads to the corners of the mitered strips using an awl to create the holes.
Adhere the strips to the top of the box.
I used a handy, dandy hot glue gun for this! It was perfect to adhere the bulkier brads.
The perimeter of the DIY trinket box is a lot easier than the mitered top. Just lay the strip out and trim as needed. Insert the brads like before, and adhere.
Make sure you sand the cardstock strips BEFORE you trim them. Sanding will “stretch” the corrugated paper out slightly.
Insert photo of your choice into the photo frame. This frame is sized to hold a 4×6 photo.
Using hot glue, attach silver painted wooden letters to the front of the frame.
That’s it – your DIY trinket box is done!
This DIY trinket box is the perfect place for Dads to stash love notes and treasures.