How to make a jewelry box with old book pages

Some wood jewelry boxes are ornate and beautifully carved, but if yours is made of plastic or cardboard and isn't so lovely, you can decorate it to give it a fresh look. This project is easy to do, as long as you can bring yourself to tear out pages of a book.
The beauty of this craft is that you can customize the box. If you're a music lover, use sheet music; if you're a bibliophile, use pages from a sturdy hardback book. You also might use pieces of old posters that have started to fall apart.
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Materials
- Jewelry box
- Sheet music or large hardback book
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Cutting mat
- Craft knife
- Scissors
- Mod Podge and brush
- Colored string, yarn or twine
- Hot-glue gun
- Hot glue
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Instructions
1. Tear out one or two pages in the hardback book or cut apart the sheet music so each page is separate.
2. Measure the top of the jewelry box side to side and front to back (width and depth).
3. Make identical measurements on a piece of sheet music or book page.
4. On the same page you just marked, mark off a rectangle inside the one you just made, 1/4 inch smaller than the original.
5. On a cutting mat, cut out the inner rectangle with a craft knife.
6. Apply Mod Podge to the top of the jewelry box and adhere the rectangle, smoothing it out to avoid wrinkles.
7. Measure the four sides of the jewelry box. Make sure you measure the height from where the hinges start, not from the very top of the box.
8. Using these measurements plus 1/4 inch added to the widths, mark and cut out rectangles from the sheet music or book pages. Do not make these rectangles smaller.
9. If the jewelry box has a lock in the front, cut out a hole to go around the lock in the page you measured for the front.
10. Apply Mod Podge to the sides, back and front of the jewelry box.
11. Attach the rectangles, wrapping and adhering the extra 1/4 inches around the corners.
10. If you have lids inside the box you wish to cover, measure and cut the exact perimeter (or 1/4 inch less if you want to embellish around it with string).
11. Apply hot glue around the perimeter of the top of the lid, outside the book or music applique.
12. Adhere colored yarn, string or twine and cut off the excess.
13. Open the jewelry box.
14. Apply hot glue around the inside rim of the base (not the lid).
15. Adhere the colored yarn, string or twine. Do the same thing around the perimeter of any inside lids you decorated.
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16. Let the hot glue dry before you close the lid.
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