Listening to soothing melodies wafting from a treasured music box is one of life’s simple pleasures. Artisans first produced music boxes in the 18th century, and through the years, their popularity has increased. Today, you can find music boxes in a variety of styles and forms including standard wooden boxes, ceramic figurines, stuffed animals and even greeting cards. Following the steps in this article, you can make your very own music box to give as a gift or to enjoy yourself.
Things You'll Need
- Small paper mache box
- Musical movement
- Decorating supplies
- Glue gun
Place the musical movement, which is the musical mechanism of a music box, with the winding key facing an interior side of the paper mache box. Mark the spot on the box where it meets the winding key with a pencil. Press the pencil into the box to create an indentation in the box.
From the outside of the box, press the pencil inward at the indentation spot to create a hole for the winding key. Pushing from the outside directs any unsightly edges surrounding the hole to the inside of the box.
Placing the musical movement aside and decorate the box. You can choose from a wide variety of methods to decorate your music box. Paint it and use stencils to add designs; decoupage your box with cutouts from magazines or copies of photographs; or embellish your box with a variety of stickers, stamps, buttons and beads.
Referring to the manufacturer’s instructions, unscrew the winding key from the musical movement if the two are attached. Coat the winding-key side of the musical movement with glue using a hot-glue gun.
Press the musical movement against the interior of the box, lining up the hole for the winding screw with the hole in the box. Refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions to determine the glue’s drying time. You may need to hold the two items together briefly.
Screw the winding key into the musical movement though the hole in the box. Gently turn the winding key to enjoy music from the music box you have created.