Practicing Creativity

Animal print thrift box upcycle

I found a stack of these animal print boxes for .50 CHF a piece at my favorite thrift store (.54 cents). They're sturdy construction and in good shape. I bought a couple with upcycling in mind. This one is now a jewelry box.

The box needed some height, but since I didn't really have anything to use for legs I decided some old game pieces would do. I stacked two, glued and painted them black and adhered to each corner. I dressed up the edges with beaded fringe ribbon and gold ric-rac.

The leopard image is from an 1800's botanical book in my collection. The postcard is an old vintage original whose front I didn't care for. The key is original vintage as well.

And here's the "before".

Supply List
Image—vintage leopard image from my collection
Embellishments—Kaisercraft die-cut watch and ticket, vintage postcard, vintage key, leaf skeleton, beaded fringe ribbon, gold ric-rac


  1. I love animal prints. Great find and beautiful transformation!

  2. 💜 So exotic, so chic, so timeless!

  3. What a great idea for the legs. Super looking box and you've inspired me because I have been looking for a jewelry box but haven't found anything I like.

  4. I love a good box! What a great job you've done on this, Shani! It feels like it came home with you from a safari!

  5. Très élégante cette boîte! Au même temps, un petit trésor avec toute la déco ancienne et originale. Magnifique!!


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