Small box (the heavy cardboard ones can be bought at most craft stores)
I used small round wood & cardboard cheese boxes. (5″in diameter).
Dry Pasta (different types ie, elbow macaroni, small shells, bowtie, etc.)
Mardi Gras beads
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Liquid glue (any that will work with felt and cardboard)
Gold spray paint
Felt any color (I used red )
Step one- remove any labels, paper etc., if any, from the box. Using the box as a template trace the outline onto a piece of paper. Also measure the “depth” of your box, and the “distance” around it. Cut out the circle to use as a pattern, and cut a piece of felt. Also cut a strip of felt using the measurements of the side. Set these pieces aside for later.
Step two – decorate the top of your trinket box. Use whatever pasta you like to decorate the top of your box. I used elbow around the edge, placing them with the “curves” facing the middle of the box. Go all the way around gluing them on with the hot glue gun. Now glue a second row facing the first row, but alternating the ends so they fit “into” the curves of the first row. (Experiment to find a pattern you like). I added a “bow” to the center top of my box using bowtie pasta. I filled in with small shells, and more elbow. Add pasta to the side of the top as well. Alphabet pasta is great for adding names for personalization. Mardi Gras beads (small ones) can also be used by “swagging” them around the side. When you have glued on all you want, let it set for a few minutes to completely cool, then you are ready for the next step.
Step three – painting your box. Now you are ready to paint your box. Place your box on a large piece of paper or board. (Be sure to paint in a well ventilated area). I always paint on my porch. Place the bottom piece of your box on the painting area “upside down”. This will enable you to paint the bottom and the sides. You don’t have to paint the inside of the bottom, as it will be covered. Using even pressure start with a thin coat of paint, being careful to get the paint into all “crevices” of pasta. Keep adding coats of paint until you have an evenly covered box. Paint the bottom piece of your box, trying not to have any “runs” in your paint. When you are satisfied with the look, let your box dry. After it has dried, turn over the top (lid) and paint the inside. (If you rather, you can also line the top with felt. Just repeat the steps for the bottom, only use the top for measurements).
Step four – With the liquid glue “drizzle” a little glue around the inside bottom of the box. (The glue does not have to cover the entire bottom). Place the felt in and press down with fingers, making sure it goes all the way to the edge. Next spread a thin layer of glue on the inside side/sides of the box. Place the strip of felt in the box carefully laying in against the side and pressing it in place keeping it “flush” with the top edge. Let this dry and enjoy your very elegant looking trinket box. Make several. They make excellent little “happy” gifts.
Source: My own design