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Want to give Mom or Grandma a thoughtful gift she’ll always cherish? Well, grab some craft sticks and glue because we’re putting you to work at making this fun jewelry box that doubles as a cherished keepsake.

What you’ll need

  • 1 package of craft sticks, size of your choice
  • White craft glue
  • Pony bead or buttons
  • White acrylic paint (optional)
  • Pink glitter glue (optional)
  • Craft jewels (optional)
  • Paint brush
  • Wax paper

How to make it

  • Lay several craft sticks on the wax paper, next to each other and touching. Be sure to line them up evenly.

  • Use two more craft sticks and glue on top of the others, one at each end, to hold the rest together. (See photo) They will look similar to a fence or log raft.

  • Use two more craft sticks and glue ends of stick to the ends of the sticks that are already in place so that they create a square. Keep repeating this alternating process to build up the sides as high as you would like.

  • Make the lid by repeating steps 1 & 2 above.

  • Let everything dry completely.

  • You can leave your box plain or choose to paint it. You can also add a shiny effect by painting on a layer of glitter glue over white paint.

  • Glue a pony bead to the center of the finished lid as a handle.

  • You can further embellish your jewelry box by decorating it with craft jewels.

  • If you don't have a pony bead, find a couple of matching buttons and stack them with glue.