Monday, February 29, 2016

DIY: Tiffany's jewelry box (& a homage to my Indian sisters)

Have you ever met someone so cool that you immediately want to befriend that person? That happened to me last year when I met Kavya from India. We were assigned in a 4 week project (you can read more about that here) and I felt it was friendship at first sight.

My indian sister from other mister

One of the reasons that made me love Kavya is that she's a giver, she's a very energetic person which mind is always working (not sure if she ever sleeps) finding solutions,  99% of them are intended to help someone else.
Some weeks ago she told me that the craft professor from a NGO she supports left and that she'd appreciate any kind of help on that (this NGO is called Mentor Together and is a program that match urban poor children, enrolled in formal education programs, to professionals like her, who will serve as their mentors, based on shared academic, career and personal interests).
I've been thinking for a while on her request and decided that I'd prepare some DIYs for her and her mentees, I wanted so bad to be part of that because I feel so infected by Kavya's pride when telling me about their long way from lanky teens to responsible and confident young women wording their way towards a college degree.
With that in mind I though about the beautiful jewelry pieces that I've received from Kavya, and then on the pictures she post wearing traditional dresses, these Indian girls are really fancy right? They have a big tradition on using the prettiest accessories and dresses so for this DIY project I decided to create a jewelry box that will help them (and us) keeping all the bling bling safe.

Tiffany's Jewelry Box

Supplies needed:

  1. Scissors
  2. Pins
  3. A box (cardboard or wood)
  4. Oasis floral foam (cut it in the same size of your box)
  5. A small piece of velvet (or any available soft fabric)
  6. Optional: acrylic paint and a brush

Steps followed:

1) Using a ruler mark a lines in your oasis foam deep at stopping at least 1 cm (or 1/2") from the base.
I've seen tutorials where they measure the distance between lines to assure they are at least 2.5 cm (1") apart, but I decided to just calculate based on the size of my rings so I went for 3 lines.
If you'll use your jewelry box for earrings or bracelets you can skip these instructions and jump to step number 5.

2) This is how the foam will look once all lines are marked:

3) It's time to "dress" your foam, using the pins wrap your foam with the velvet fabric until almost fully covered, let the top of the foam loose:

4) With the aid of the ruler push the fabric all the way down on each of the lines that you previously cut until they are deep enough to hold your rings:

5) Once the lines are marked you can use your pins to adjust the remaining fabric and you'll get something like shown in the picture below.
If your box won't be holding rings you can simply pin the fabric around the oasis foam.

6) Place your fancy foam inside your box and you'll get a cute little jewelry box:

7) This final step is optional but as I decided that this would be a "Tiffany's" box I needed to paint it in their classic light turquoise:

This is how this box looks finished, it takes less than an hour to get it completed and once done you'll be happy to have a nice little cute treasure box. If you are anything like me you'll probably be glad to avoid loosing rings and earrings and bracelets and.. Ok, I probably need to do a larger box to get everything secured. 

 Hope you liked today's DIY and the story about my friend's NGO, they say that no one ever got poor from giving and in fact I think it's totally the opposite, the more we give the richer we got, so a round of applauses for people like Kavya and like you (I'm assuming you're part of the givers club), is sooo cool to take some time to do something for someone else that just looking at a big thankful smile can improve even the worst day ever.
Thanks for stopping by, it's time to go now, but won't leave until I wish you a superb start of the week!




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