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How to Make A Cute Unicorn Box

Getting crafty making gifts and decor – I'll show you How to Make A Cute Unicorn Box from an old jewelry box. I've partnered with Goodwill® to show you how to take an old jewelry decor box and craft it into a super cute gift my 10 year old loves! This is an easy DIY gift idea you can make in a day. It also makes a cute unicorn craft for kids for more family fun. Customize this unicorn box with your favorite sparkles and unicorn colors for a custom project you'll be proud to gift.

How to make your own cute unicorn box
How to make your own cute unicorn box

How to Make A Cute Unicorn Box

Today I partnered with Goodwill to share how I like to shop for DIY gift ideas. This unicorn box is just one of the projects we created from this holiday shopping trip. I found all kinds of goodies from picture frames and decor baskets to kids books and some great fabric. We made a whole unicorn tween girl set! Today's kid craft tutorial is the unicorn box. I'm also sharing how to make a sparkly XOXO wall decor sign over at Kids Activities Blog.

Check out the box we started with… shiny red and not as cute as a unicorn should be. The inside was black, so we painted that white also.

Red box we found at Goodwill
Red box we found at Goodwill

Materials

  • Old box you'd like to make new
  • Craft paint
  • Glitter paint
  • Mod Podgewe love Mod Podge for all kinds of projects!
  • Paint brushes in a variety of sizes
  • Sprinkles, glitter and candy sprinkles (you won't be eating these, though)
  • Clay – we used oven bake clay – air dry clay would work too
  • Glue to apply the horn
  • Spray sealer – optional
Supplies you need to decorate your unicorn box
Supplies you need to decorate your unicorn box

Instructions

  1. Allow paint to dry between coats.
  2. Paint the entire box white. Our box started out bright red and black so it took a few coats of paint to completely cover.
  3. Cover the entire box outside with glitter paint.
  4. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to the top of the box lid. Immediately sprinkle glitter, candies and other small embellishments and sprinkles over the Mod Podge. Leave a space in the very center so you can add the unicorn horn later. I also used a sparkly flake in some areas. Get creative and all all the little sparkles and glittery things you'd like, just make sure they stick to the Mod Podge.
  5. Allow to dry thoroughly – this might take an overnight.
  6. Make the unicorn horn with clay. I make a cone shape, then a long thin snake that I twisted around the cone. Paint and add glitter after it is baked.
  7. Seal the lid – we used spray sealer. You could use Mod Podge, but take care not to smear the colors of the sprinkles and candies.
  8. Glue the horn to the top center of the lid. We used hot glue. Regular craft glue would also work great, we just aren't patient enough to wait for dry time.
  9. Optional – using a silver Sharpie marker, or paint, add a sleeping unicorn face to the front of your box.
Paint your box with craft paint
Paint your box with craft paint

 

Add Mod Podge and all kinds of sprinkles
Add Mod Podge and all kinds of sprinkles

 

How to make a Unicorn box life sprinkles
How to make a Unicorn box life sprinkles

 

Make a unicorn horn with clay
Make a unicorn horn with clay

 

Finished unicorn horn made from clay, paint and finished with gold glitter
Finished unicorn horn made from clay, paint and finished with gold glitter

 

Finished unicorn box re-decorated from a Goodwill find
Finished unicorn box re-decorated from a Goodwill find

More fun finds from Goodwill

I was looking for all kinds of DIY gift ideas when we went on our Goodwill shopping trip. Here's some of the other things I picked up. Art for kids and books for my daughter. There's a great library selection at Goodwill stores. Sometimes I shop for books to read and sometimes I shop for books to craft with – there's a nice selection to choose from and every shopping day is a surprise.

Books from Goodwill
Books from Goodwill

More About Goodwill – Did you know

Here's a few fun facts about Goodwill. I already shop at Goodwill for my recycling projects and DIY gift ideas. I knew they were helpful in the community, but here are a few other things I didn't know.

  • Goodwill provides job preparation, skills training, education assistance and support services to millions of people each year who are facing challenges to finding employment.
  • Every 23 seconds, someone gets a job through the help of Goodwill.
  • Goodwill is an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice. Through its entrepreneurial business model of collecting and selling donated goods, Goodwill helps communities extend the life of usable items in environmentally sound ways.
  • Goodwill functions as a social enterprise by creating 25 jobs per brick-and-mortar store, generating essential revenue for mission services, and providing a direct solution for donors and communities to the issue of sustainability regarding unwanted goods.

Just more reasons shopping Goodwill makes me feel good. Are you making any fun gifts this year? I'd love to hear all about it!

Find your local Goodwill store here

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How to make a unicorn box - a fun Goodwill project
How to make a unicorn box – a fun Goodwill project

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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