Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How to make a ballerina music box

What you will need :

Wooden box
Sandpaper, variety of grit
Wood stain
Paint brushes
Clear spray sealer
Clear gloss spray varnish
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
4 brass corner braces
5/8" Hasp catch
5/8" padlock with key
4 wooden beads
18 note key wind musical movement with magnetic swing arm
Drill and bit
T-bar winding keyBallerina figurine
Acrylic paint

How to make it:

  • 1.Sand the box until you have a smooth surface by using sandpaper. Work your way up in grit size with each subsequent pass.
  • 2.Stain the box in your favorite color and type of stain. Use a paintbrush to get even strokes and to reach places that many might not notice . Don't forget to stain the bottom of the box . Allow to completely dry. While it is , decide on the decorations you are going to place on it .

    • 3.Spray the entire box in sealer. This will seal the stain and provide a finish for your decorating ideas. After the sealer dries, spray a gloss finish coat of varnish. Let this completely dry before proceeding.

    • 4.Center the mirror on the top of the box and affix it with hot glue from the hot glue gun. This will be the stage where the ballerina dances.

    • 5.Affix the four corner braces on each of the four top corners of the box. Attach the hasp catch to the top of the box. This and the lock will allow you to lock the box.

    • 6.Turn the box over and hot glue the four wooden beads to the four corners of the bottom to be legs.

    • 7.Open the top drawer and position the musical movement in the center but along the front edge of the drawer. Place a small mark to designate the key location. Draw around the musical movement to indicate its location.

    • 8.Remove the musical movement and drill a 1/4-inch hole at the marked location. Attach the musical movement in its location with hot glue. Attach the key wind through the hole in the drawer. Wind the key to make sure it works.

    • 9.Attach the small magnet that came with the musical movement to the bottom of the ballerina. As the swing arm on the movement moves so will the ballerina.

    • 10.Paint the recipient's name on the box with the acrylic paint. Draw a few flowers in bright colors around the top of the box and on the sides.

    • 11.Allow the paint to dry completely and then mask off the mirror and hasp. Apply a light coat of sealer to the top of the box to seal the paint in place.

    • 12.Remove the masking paper and place the ballerina on the mirror over the magnet on the swing arm.
      And voila .


    1. Can you tell me where I can purchase a magnetic swing arm from? I'd love to have a go at making a jewelry box with it. Thanks :)

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