House Trinket Box

Peggy Johnston makes a trinket box from polyester sheeting in the shape of a house.
Related To:


House Trinket Box

House Trinket Box

Materials and Tools:

.020 clear polyester sheets
medium-grit sand paper
liquid acrylic paint
waxed linen thread
paper cutter or craft knife
cutting mat
small awl
heat gun
short length of 3/4" diameter dowel
small paintbrush
paper towels, brown grocery bag, cardboard, transparent tape, paper




1. Make a house trinket box pattern on graph paper with a 1/4-inch grid. Mark sewing holes every 1/4-inch along all the edges. The holes will be 1/8 inch in from the edge.

  • The walls and base are 3-1/2" x 5".
  • Gable ends are 3-1/2" x 6-1/4" with the base of the peak beginning at 3-1/2 inches from the bottom of the panel.
  • The roof panels are 4-1/2" x 5".


2. Mark the clear polyester sheeting according to the pattern pieces, marking four wall pieces, one floor or base piece, two gable ends and two roof panels. Cut the polyester sheeting pieces using a paper cutter or craft knife.

3. Peel away the film covering from the polyester sheeting. Use a piece of transparent tape on the film rather than your fingernails as a starting point.



4. Place the pieces over the corresponding pattern and tape them to the grid. Punch the sewing holes using the little awl. Punch two or three panels at the same time.

5. Sand both sides of each panel first horizontally, then vertically.

6. Sand off the little bumps made by the punching of the sewing holes.



7. Stain both sides of the panels with diluted liquid acrylic paint. Wipe off the excess paint with paper towels. Let dry. Buff with a piece of grocery bag paper.



9. Thread a needle with waxed linen thread and knot one end. Sew the panels together with a whipstitch. Finish off with small knots as needed, hiding them as best as possible.



10. One of the roof panels is attached only along the ridge, with the other edges overcast with the whipstitch, but not attached to the rest of the house. This is the lid with its hinge at the ridge.

11. Write desired sayings (fortunes) on cut strips of paper. Place the paper strips inside the house trinket box.

Next Up

How to Make a Craft Box Purse

Transform a craft box into a purse by embellishing it with paint, jewels, glitter and a beaded handle.

Collaged Box Clock

Brenda Marks attaches bee charms as clock hands to her collaged box clock.

How to Make a Rustic Tin Trinket Box

An ordinary mint tin seems like it's been around for ages with this aging technique.

Holiday Soap Packaged in a Papier-Mache Box

Tuck handmade scented soap in a decoupaged papier-mache gift box for a festive holiday gift.

How to Make a Modern Mosaic Tile Box

Create a modern, colorful clay tile mosaic pattern on top of a decorative box.

Ornamental Shadow-Box Display

Designer Donna Moss shows how to get lasting enjoyment out of personal mementos, keepsakes or other decorative items by creating a distinctive shadow-box wall hanging.

How to Craft a Vinyl Floral Clipboard

Make a colorful, customized clipboard using sticky vinyl.

Paris Collage

Kristin Ashton of Kirkland, Wash., shows how to make a collage of the City of Light.

How to Make a Raku Pot With a Pine Needle Rim

Create a distinctive piece by combining the raku process with woven raffia.

How to Make Flower Cupcake Soap

Make cupcake soap that looks realistic enough to eat.

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.