How to make a music box

Making your own music box requires patience and precision, but the process is relatively straightforward. Customize the project by decorating the box as desired and by choosing a musical mechanism that plays one of your favorite songs.

music box

Materials You’ll Need

  • Wooden box with a lid
  • Sandpaper
  • 18-note key-wind musical movement with a T-bar winding key
  • 2 jewelry box hinges
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hammer
  • Drill with a 1-inch bit
  • Wood sealer
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • Additional embellishments to decorate the box

Step 1
Sand the wooden box smooth, and brush wood sealer outside and inside. Allow it to dry completely.
Step 2
Paint the wooden box outside and inside. Decorate the outside of the box with embellishments, but do not place embellishments inside of the box. Allow the glue and paint to dry completely.
Step 3
Drill a hole in the center of the box’s back panel. Place the musical movement inside the box, with the winding key shaft extending out of the hole. Glue the musical movement in place using hot glue and fix the T-bar winding key to the shaft.
Step 4
Attach the lid to the box with the jewelry box hinges.
Step 5
Glue additional embellishments inside of the music box.

Choose a unique style to decorate your music box and fill it with memories and keepsakes. You can also purchase a ready-made music box at

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