DIY Ornament Display Box

Hey guys! It’s the FINAL day in our 12 Days of Christmas Series! We hope we have helped you deck your halls, on a budget and inspired a few gift ideas! This final one is another fun and easy ornament display!12DaysCOUNTER12I found these cute ornaments at HomeGoods. I loved them but they were way to heavy for my tree so I came up with these cuties 🙂
DIY-Ornament-DrawerI built my own drawers but it would be really cute and even easier if you could snag a few vintage drawers!

cut-measurmentsI built these with scrap 1×4 and 1×6. I cut two 1×4 pieces at 13 1/2″ and 2 1×4 pieces at 7″ (for each drawer).

build-drawerI used my 18-volt Airstrike to attach build the box.  Attach the shorter boards to the longer boards with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.  If you don’t have a nailer, you can use a hammer and finishing nails.

outside-of-drawer-assembledHere is the frame of the drawer.

attach-backNext, I cut a 1×6 at 13 1/2″ and fit it inside the frame and attached it with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Rustoleum_Dark_Walnut-500x750To finish it, I used one of our favorite distressing techniques! I started with one coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain and applied it all over the drawers. I let it sit for 5 minutes then blended it with a clean cloth.

distress-with-vaselineOnce the stain dried, I rubbed a very light amount of Vaseline to the corners, edges and everywhere that I wanted the stain to show through the paint.


Rustoleum_Heirloom_White_edited-1Then, I sprayed two coats of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint all over the drawers. (I did this immediately after applying the vaseline).

distress-edgesWhen the paint dried, I used my Ryobi Job Plus (with an 80-grit sanding pad) to distress the drawers. The Vaseline makes this very easy and the paint will peel off where the vaseline was. You can also use sand paper for this part!

drill-pilot-hole-for-knobTo top them off, I drilled a pilot hole in the top of each drawer


add-knoband added a cute knob! (found these at HomeGoods too)!

tie-ornament-to-knobI used jute to hang my ornaments. I just tied a bow to the knob screw and twisted the bolt on to keep it in place.

DIY-Ornament-BoxThat was it!



Drawers-with-OrnamentsLOVE them 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure to visit our friends Day 12 projects! One of them is hosting a giveaway today too 🙂




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  1. Liza Cheatham Bonsall on March 6, 2015 at 5:40 am

    oh my….what a great find!!!!!!

  2. Linda Keesee on March 6, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Oh I love these! They are so pretty. I thought at first your ornament box was made from a vintage drawer. But no you had made it. It looks great! I love how it turned out. Thank you for sharing the tutorial for making these vintage boxes and your paint technique, I will have to give it a try. Pinning and sharing!

  3. Leslie Stewart on December 13, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I love this idea! Absolutely adorable! Pinning!
    Leslie @ House on the Way

  4. Suzanne Melton on December 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Wow! I just bought four vintage sewing machine drawers at auction on Wednesday (similar to this photo)…without having a clue except that they’re beautiful.$_35.JPG
    Now I know what I’m going to do! Thank you!

    P.S. KariAnne sent me.

  5. on December 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Very do-able ornament display case. Thanks!

  6. Funky Junk Interiors on December 12, 2014 at 10:04 am

    One of the coolest ideas I’ve seen for drawers yet! Will be rummaging through mine, thanks!

    (I gasped at the full view of your home at the bottom… so gorgeous!)

  7. Traci Rickert on December 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Absolutely adorable and always good to be reminded how to use these cute drawers in home decor even outside the holiday season so thank you for the plans!!

  8. Mindi on December 12, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Super cute, as always! 🙂

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