When you have only a ring or two, and you wear them most all the time, you don’t need a ring storage box. But, if you’ve collected several rings over the years, you can easily make yourself a storage box that will keep the rings separated and prevent any damage to the jewelry. Although it takes a little time to make the box it’s really easy and inexpensive.
A cigar box is ideal for creating a large ring box. You can use smaller boxes, with the same basic depth as a cigar box, to make a smaller ring organizer. To create the ring separators the perfect objects are Styrofoam spools. Since you might not have a lot of these on hand you can usually find them at dollar-theme stores. They don’t have a lot of thread on them – of course, that doesn’t matter for this project – and you can usually get several of them for a buck. To make the ring box you do not need to remove the thread from the spools but you can if you want. You can also purchase Styrofoam spool shapes at most any craft store. You’ll find them in several sizes; choose fairly small ones for the jewelry box.
Align several spools, end-to-end, to decide how many will fit in a row, how many rows you’ll need, and how much – if any – space will be needed between each spool to make it all even out at the end. Now cut each spool in half. If you use a serrated knife, and you cut an old candle with it a couple of times, you’ll find that it will pass smoothly through the Styrofoam and give you a clean cut. Cut from the center of the top hole to the center of the bottom hole; it’s important that the spools be cut exactly in the middle.
Glue the spools to the inside of the cigar box. Position them so that the cut side is down and there are equal spaces between them, if needed. However, the spools should be end-to-end, from one side of the box to the other, with very little, if any, space between them. When creating the rows leave small spaces between them – about the width of a ring band.
After all the spools are glued in place cut a piece of felt, velvet or other material. Apply glue to the side and position the material. Go across the first hump of spools, and down into the dip between the first and second humps. As you go along, apply a little glue to the valley, then use a putty knife, butter knife, or other object to push the material into it. It’s not necessary to apply the glue to the spools but you can if you want.
To finish the ring box glue a small-diameter piece of roping around the fabric. Cover the outside of the box with paint, fabric or decorative paper. Glue on a small wooden bead as a handle. Now you can place the rings into the valleys and keep them separated and undamaged. It’s a good way to make your own ring holder without much money or effort.