DIY Faux Wood and Marble Trinket Boxes

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A marble and wood textured trinket box is a gorgeous addition to any vanity or nightstand, but what if the designer version of this elegant storage solution is out of your price range? As it turns out, you can easily get the look for less than $10 using just paint and faux marble contact paper! Find out how to make your own DIY faux wood and marble trinket box (in under an hour of hands-on time) below.

This DIY trinket box cost less than $10 to make.
This DIY trinket box cost less than $10 to make. (Image: Carrie Waller)

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box with lid
  • Acrylic paint in red, yellow, blue and white (or pre-mixed acrylic paint in brown)
  • 1-inch foam paintbrush
  • Glass or plastic dish
  • Marble contact paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Brass drawer pull
  • Stronghold glue

Step 1: Mix the Pigment and Paint the Box Top

Mix together red, yellow, blue and white acrylic paint in a dish until you achieve a brown wood-like color, or you can use pre-mixed brown acrylic paint. Use a foam paintbrush to paint the box top and the sides of the top brown. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour before handling.

Tip

  • Since you want the box top to look like wood, it's okay to do just one streaky coat so that the paintbrush lines mimic the texture of natural wood grain.

Paint the box top brown.
Paint the box top brown. (Image: Carrie Waller)

Step 2: Measure and Mark the Contact Paper

Use a ruler to measure the height and width of the cardboard box. Transfer those measurements to a sheet of marble contact paper using a ruler and a pencil or pen.

Use a ruler and pencil to mark the marble contact paper.
Use a ruler and pencil to mark the marble contact paper. (Image: Carrie Waller)

Step 3: Trim the Marble Contact Paper to Size

Use sharp scissors to trim down the marble contact paper along the measured and marked lines made in Step 2.

Cut the marble contact paper along the measured and marked edges.
Cut the marble contact paper along the measured and marked edges. (Image: Carrie Waller)

Step 4: Press the Contact Paper Into Place on the Box

Carefully peel away the paper backing from the contact paper, and lay the faux marble in place on the sides of the cardboard box.

Tip

  • Gently press out air bubbles that form with your fingertips as you go.

Remove the backing from the contact paper and press onto the box.
Remove the backing from the contact paper and press onto the box. (Image: Carrie Waller)

Step 5: Attach the Handle to the Box Top

Lay your ruler diagonally across the box top and make a small line towards the center with a pencil. Lay the ruler diagonally in the opposite direction, and make another small pencil line towards the center. Set the ruler and pencil aside. The point where the marks intersect on the box top is the center. Add a few drops of stronghold glue to the center mark, and press the drawer pull handle in place. Hold securely over the glue with ample pressure for a full 30 seconds. Allow the glue to cure for one hour before handling.

Use stronghold glue to attach a handle to the box top.
Use stronghold glue to attach a handle to the box top. (Image: Carrie Waller)

Step 6: Place the Top on the Box

Once the stronghold glue and paint have dried completely, place the top on the box, and you're done. Use the box for any small trinkets you may want to hide away or organize — anything from dainty jewelry to fragrant organic tea bags!

This DIY faux wood and marble box looks just like the designer version.
This DIY faux wood and marble box looks just like the designer version. (Image: Carrie Waller)
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