Essential oils are all the rage right now, aren’t they? They are all over the crafting and DIY world! I’ve been collecting quite a few bottles of essential oils to make my own sugar scrubs, glass cleaner, body wash, and bath salts. They have so many uses, but those little bottles are cluttering up my house and I knew I needed to get a method to organize them. The Walnut Hollow Cornice Box was the perfect height and size to store a collection of essential oil bottles.
- Walnut Hallow Cornice Box
- Thin Wooden Shims (Even in width and at least 10 inches long)
- 9” x 12” Piece of Blue Craft Felt
- Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Yesteryear
- Deco Art Americana Creme Wax
- Deco Art Americana Acrylic Craft Pain in Aqua Sky
- Craft Knife
- Paint Brush
- Soft Cloth
- Soft Rag
- Vinyl Stencil made with Electronic Cutting Machine (such as a Silhouette or Cricut)
- Vinyl Weeding Tool
- Vinyl Transfer Paper
- Small Craft Colored Labels
Step One: Paint the exterior of the Cornice Box in Yesteryear Grey Chalky Finish Paint. You will likely need two coats of paint. Allow the paint to dry between coats.
Step Two: Place the blue felt inside of the Cornice Box and trim away the excess felt. This can be be accomplished by aligning one corner of the felt in a corner of the box. The excess felt will bunch up on two of the sides. Using a craft knife, you can cut away the excess to make a perfect fit.
Step Three: Using a ruler measure the length of the cornice box. (I found that I needed to use the metric side of the rule to get precise measurements for the interior of the box.) Using a craft knife, trim the shim to about 1 mm longer than the needed side. Then, slowly shave the end of the wood away until it fits securely into the Cornice Box. If you cut away too much, the wood will not stand upright, so it is very important that you do this step slowly. I would also suggest that you have more shims that you anticipate needing, just in case you cut away too much and the piece won’t fit snuggly in the box.
Step Four: Create 5 pieces of wood that are the same lengths. Place the first length of wood in the center of the Cornice Box– it will take a bit of gentle force to fit correctly. (It is slightly less than 30 mm, so it will go approximately at the 15mm mark.) Then divide the two halves into thirds by placing the other lengths of wood at the around the 5mm, 10mm, 20mm and 25mm marks. You will likely need to adjust them a bit.
Step Five: Cut a stencil in vinyl using a vinyl/paper cutting machine. I used an orate frame and wording that stated, “Emily’s Oils.” The vinyl is acting as a stencil, so weed away the parts of the design that are going to be painted onto the box. Transfer the vinyl onto the Cornice Box using transfer tape. Burnish the vinyl into place. If you do not have a vinyl cutting machine, you can use traditional stencils to complete this step.
Step Six: Using a very small amount of paint, gently paint over the stencil. (For my box, I used Deco Art Americana Craft Paint in Aqua Sky.) There isn’t a lot of need to heavily coat the paint onto the box, as doing so will increase the likelihood that the design will be smeared. Allow this paint to dry thoroughly before carefully removing the stencil.
Step Seven: Once the design is thoroughly dried, coat the box with Creme Wax, allow the wax to dry and then gently buff the box with a soft coat. NB: If you decide to do the stencil after the wax, the vinyl will not adhere as well to the wood.
Step Eight: Using craft colored labels, create labels for each bottle of oil. Place the labels on the inside lid of the Cornice Box to create a guide for you. I was able to place 6 of the smaller bottles in each column, but if I needed to, I could fix 8 small bottles (e.g., 5ml to 10ml sized bottles) in the rows. If you have the slightly larger bottles (e.g., the 30ml to 50ml sized bottles), you can set them on their sides.
What I love about this design and the style of the cornice box, is that it is pretty enough to go on my living room bookshelf, in easy reach for my personal use, but away from the little, curious hands of my boys.
Do you have a lot of essential oil bottles sitting around your house? How are you storing them right now? If you’d like to get the box to make your own essential oil organizer, hop on over to the Walnut Hollow store to check out all of their boxes. Right now, you can get free shipping on orders over $50!
Emily Moye is a behavioral scientist, mother and maker who believes what her grandmother taught her– busy hands lead to a happy heart. Her blog, My Mom Made That, focuses on the things that keep her hands busy– her crafting, cooking and her children.