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Hello!  Thank you for viewing my instructable.  Please let me know what you think of my project and vote for it in the Valentine's Day Contest if you like it!

I came up with the idea for this box when I was brainstorming ways to propose to my girlfriend.  I wanted to find a way to symbolize "giving my heart to her" and I needed a nice box for the ring, so this heart shaped ring box seemed like the perfect idea. 

There are plenty of heart shaped boxes out there, but this is the only one that has a secret way to open it, making it a puzzle box as well.  It has plenty of room for a ring or any other small gift.  Pictures of the finished box and a video showing how to open it are below:

And by the way....she said yes!  Check out the proposal video here and the background story here.

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Step 1: Equipment and materials

Picture of Equipment and materials
You will need the following tools:
  • Scroll saw
  • Drill press
  • Belt sander
  • Scissors and/or Box Cutter
You can pull it off with a jig saw, hand drill, and sand paper, but it will take a lot more work.  I would also recommend planing the wood to make sure it is flat before starting, but if you get good non-warped stock you won't need a planer.

The shopping list for this project is pretty short:
  • 0.5"x4" hardwood (I used Padauk), approx. 2' long
  • 1/4" Dowel pin, 2" long
  • Wood Glue
  • Sand Paper (120-200 grit)
  • Varnish
Optional supplies for the ring cushion:
  • Super Glue
  • Velvet
  • 1/8" thick foam

dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box

dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box

dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box

dude you said there was a proposal video but its private, im a little dissapointed but i love the box

ACappy27 made it!1 month ago
Great Instructable! I scaled it up and made it a little box where the top is glued to the right side and the bottom is glued on the left underside. Thanks for the Instructable!
LMO (author) 1 month ago

It says in the materials step - 0.5" thick stock. 3/4" may give you a pretty funny-looking box....

how thick is each heart cut out? not all together in the final piece but individually before u put them all together? I may have missed a step and I cant find it in the instructions.

MicioGatta6 months ago

Ooooooooh, nice and cute!

Raphango7 months ago

Congratulations! Awesome project!!!

I'm interested in doing a similar one to my wife. But I have to make some minor changes once the jewel I bought her came in a big box.

So, it does looks like you have used SketchUp to make the heart shapes and I'd really be grateful if I could have your sketchup file.

Thanks in advance!!

Ballooner2 years ago
Wow, this looks really great. It would look cool if you used red and purple heart woods to make it as well because of the wood's natural coloring.
wow, a total of 10000 views.......
dmedlock3 years ago
I was just wondering where you bought your wood from? Thanks!
LMO (author)  dmedlock3 years ago
I got the padauk from our local WoodCraft store. WoodCraft is in a lot of major cities, but even if you don't have one there should be some other store. You can also order online, but I prefer to see the wood before I buy it.
I'm going to have to make this! great project, my girlfrind will love it!
sabu.dawdy3 years ago
a beautiful gift our men make for us ;) simply beautiful
LucDaRocka13 years ago
its a movie lol
zatan3 years ago
ur not listed in the contest
LMO (author)  zatan3 years ago
There was a short delay in getting it into the contest, but it's there now. Thanks!
gproulx3 years ago
Great project!
bobbieiler3 years ago
Fabulous job!!!!!!
Lindie3 years ago
Very nice!
woodmagnet3 years ago
Very nice box, and congratulations to you both
on your engagement.
Harry Smith3 years ago
H.Smith, UK.
Well thought out and nicely made, no wonder she said YES !
Hey there, this is amazing, I'd definitely like to make one of my own, awesome Instructable! And congratulations on a successful proposal. You've got my vote.
scoochmaroo3 years ago