Beautiful wood can be expensive and difficult to work with. Here I'll show you an easy way to make a plush 6" x 4" x 4.5" novelty box lined with felt which not only looks like real wood but is hiding 2 secret compartments. Costing only $3 to make, an ideal gift if you're strapped for cash or a perfect place to hide your cash if you're rolling in it! You'll get to try out a number of useful skills - making fake wood, felting the inside of a box and building sturdy structures out of foam board.
Step 1: What You Need!
In short, you won't need much! However, you will want a sheet of 3/16" thick foam board ~20" x 30", some felt, some paints and a coarse brush, some all purpose glue, scissors, a craft knife and about 4 and a half hours to spare. (If you want a varnished box, you will also want some of that too)
Step 2: Your first cuts!
We are going to cut out the "planks" from the foam board which will go to make up the box.
Using a sharp craft knife, cut the following strips of foam core boards and label lightly on one side with pencil (A,B,C,D) TIP: Using a sharp knife is essential both in terms of safety and also achieving clean cuts. A dull blade will result in ripped foam, spoiling the end result.
A = 20" x 4.5"
B = 20" x 2"
C = 12" x 4"
D = 12" x 3 5/8"