Upcycling a Ring Box into Valentine’s Day Decor

Upcycling a Ring Box into Valentine’s Day Decor

It was pretty funny if you think about it- shortly after Valentine’s Day last year, I kept finding the same ring box while out thrifting. It hailed from Kmart and apparently the recipients didn’t care for the little box. I snapped up one and then another, determined to turn them into Valentine’s Day decor.

The first ring box I found…

Upcycling a Ring Box or Picture Frame box into valentine's day decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

With a wrapping paper butterfly insert…

And then the second one, exactly the same design as the first.

Making Valentine's Day decor by upcycling a small jewelry box or trinket box from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just begging for a makeover…

From a jewelry box perspective, they were limited in their design. But from an upcycling into Valentine’s Day decor perspective? They’d be perfect little decorations and/or trinket boxes for candy.

Upcycling a trinket box or picture frame box for Valentine's Day decor with a vintage valentine by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Won’t hold much…

I already had an upcycling idea in mind when I stumbled across a similarly sized photo frame with a heart cut out. I was OBVIOUSLY destined to upcycle these, and why not do it as a coordinated set? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Ring box or picture frame box from Kmart and photo frame for upcycling into Valentine's Day decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and a picture frame for good measure!

Upcycling a Ring Box into Valentine’s Day Decor

Painting them in festive pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day seemed like a no brainer – so I raided my “Oops” paint collection and nabbed another sample of pink latex paint from Home Depot.

Painting a ring box or picture frame box in red and pink for Valentine's Day decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Valentine-y paint colors!

I painted each picture frame box so that they popped with bright color- and I decided not to distress the edges. I liked the full color and it saved me a step!

Creating Valentine's Day decor or small gift boxes with ring box or picture frame box from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking very Valentine-esque already…

To transform them into Valentine’s Day decor, I wanted to insert a vintage valentine into each opening. But of course, I wasn’t about to chop up an actual vintage card. Instead, I printed images of vintage valentines from online – I saved some in this Pinterest board, if you’re in need of any!

Vintage Valentine for upcycling a ring box from thrift store into Valentine's Day decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to add the perfect finishing touch!

And that was it! I trimmed each vintage valentine to fit inside the heart-shaped opening of the ring box or picture frame box, replaced the glass (after washing, of course), and backing. Instant Valentine’s Day decor in no time at all.

Making Valentine's Day decor or trinket boxes from a ring box or picture frame box from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sweet and simple

Pro Tip: Did you know that removing the ring cushions from inside a jewelry box like this is easy? You just need pliers and can gently pry them out (maybe even with your fingers). That way, a ring box like this can become a more useful trinket box or Valentine’s Day gift box for wrapped candy!

Valentine’s Day Decor with a Ring Box and Vintage Valentine

I think they are just the sweetest little trinket boxes now! Part of me is hoping to find more cast-off Kmart jewelry boxes while thrifting…but part of me knows I already have two and don’t need any more. But it’s awfully fun to seek out the perfect vintage valentine to pair up with each picture frame box.

Ring box or picture frame box from thrift store upcycled into Valentine's Day decor with vintage valentine by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they the cutest?

I see heart-shaped decor pieces at thrift stores all the time, and they are simply PERFECT for upcycling into Valentine’s Day decor. V-day isn’t a holiday that needs too much decorating…but when you find outdated “heart” treasures while thrifting, it becomes “DIY Meant To Be”.

Looking for more upcycling ideas for Valentine’s Day? Here are a few more projects to spark your creative Cupid muse!

Craft on!

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Comments

  1. These are just darling, Sadie & love the vintage images you chose!💘

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you!! There are SO many vintage Valentines out there to print up, but the challenge was finding the right heart-shaped ones with all the cute wording visible. A fun and sweet challenge, LOL.

  2. What adorable Valentines, these cast off boxes and frame are just perfect!

  3. Anita Montogmery says:

    Cute idea, again thanks for sharing. Just wondering a couple of days ago I commented under your Thrift Store cups post also asking the question what do you do with the treasures you create. I love to up cycle too, but am never sure what to do with them all. I went back to find your reply and the whole post was gone. I have one place I consign, 50/50 … used to do craft shows but too much work with a bad back now. Etsy I didn’t even try, too complicated for me! 😉 Any input would be truly appreciated. I love following you, thanks ahead! 🙂

  4. Nancy McCarthy says:

    Love this idea! So cute! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Hilary Milner says:

    I am wondering what the inside of the ring box looked like, after removing the partitions. Did you paper it, paint it or??

  6. These are cute. I love a lot of your upcycling projects.
    Keep it up. You have a lot of good ideas.

  7. Josée Paquin says:

    Lovely

  8. Did you need to sandpaper the wood before painting it?
    Not sure if I missed that step if you did that.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I didn’t, actually! No real reason why other than the boxes were small and I didn’t mind doing 2-3 coats since they only took a few minutes to paint. Thank you for asking, though- I probably should have mentioned that.

  9. Cecilia E says:

    They are adorable!

  10. Those are precious! I am a sucker for vintage illustrations like that from books, cards, etc. So cute!

  11. Very cute project; might be fun to do with kids for grandma! Thanks

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