Curio Display Box Ideas

Curio display boxes have countless uses!


Knickknacks, chachkis and dust collectors. They all need a home and a place to be displayed. There are so many options available at anything thrift store at any given time. In this post, the focus will be on this specific style of curio display box: brass trimmed, with glass paneling.

Here are some examples of different types of these displays:

In the featured picture, I used the boxes to create a multilevel display for a candle and some room decor. These boxes left empty are just as useful as when they’re full of stuff!

How to make a ring display using a curio box:

Below is one of the projects that I have decided to do with a curio box that I picked up from the thrift. Even though this one is missing it’s lid I found that it makes a wonderful ring box.

  1. Clean your display box.
  2. Pick what you want to line your box with. Using spare beads makes a fun base for this box but for this project I decided to line the box with polyfill that I had left over from a previous project.

    Beads, sand, polyfill are just a few thing that can be used to line the bottom of these boxes!

  3. Create the ring dividers. Here I used pieces of foam that were wrapped in beige felt. Anything that can be used to create these dividers as long as you are able to secure rings in between the sections. 

    Cut and adjust these sections to your liking. Make sure that the right side is showing so you can see the seams!

  4. Arrange your rings into the box. Notice here due to the shape of the box I am able to place my chunky rings into the corners, since they don’t fit in the divided sections. 

    For rings that have a thicker band, tuck them into the corners where there may be a gap.

Not only are these boxes perfect for displaying your jewelry, they’re also great for plants! Here, this person uses it as a terrarium:


Have fun collecting and organizing your collection! Get creative and try and think outside the box (pun intended).

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