Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Breakfast at Tiffany's - DIY table decorations

Our youngest daughter recently celebrated her 21st birthday and we wanted to do something special! We decided on a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme and our colors were Tiffany blue and our guests wore black dresses and pearls. These diamond filled boxes were fun to make and were also a big hit as centerpieces for our Breakfast at Tiffany’s birthday party.

I couldn't afford to fill these boxes with glass diamonds, so I made false bottoms and only the top inch is filled with the stones. I used two bags instead of 15. Looks like they are full up. :-)

You will need:
1 piece of foam board
6 paper Mache boxes - assorted sizes (Hobby Lobby)
1 bottle of acrylic paint Bahama Blue by Americana (Michaels)
2 spools of white satin ribbon
2 large bags of assorted glass diamonds (Michaels)
A razor knife
Aluminum foil
Sponge brush

Bahama Blue by Americanna
is an almost perfect match to Tiffany's pretty
blue boxes.


 Using foam brush, paint boxes and lids.
Be sure to paint an inch or two down the inside of the box as well. 

 Measure and draw squares onto foam board.
Using razor knife, cut 4 squares for the support on each side
 and one square as the false bottom.
Measure the supports about an inch smaller than the actual size of the side.

 Wrap each box with ribbon and glue it to the inside of the box.
 For the lid, wrap one piece around and glue.
The bow is made using two strips of ribbon, each glued to the lid
 and then tied  at the center and trimed.

Once the ribbon is dry, glue the support foam squares to the inside of the box.

Cover the false bottom square with aluminum foil and push it
down into place on the supports.

Fill the box with glass diamonds or assorted jewels.

We also had a very unique cake. It was in the shape of a tiffany box (ribbon and all).
The lid came off revealing a large diamond ring. One of her friends from school made it.
TOOO Cute!

Now, what do you think we gave her for her birthday?


  1. Dearest Sandy,

    That was a lovely idea and you produced great boxes in the Tiffany color!
    Wishing you a wonderful summer and love,

    1. Thank your mariette! We had some help developing the idea from one of my cousins.

      The boxes were easy to do and looked adorable when finished.

      Blessings to you as well,

  2. What a great tutorial, I am sharing this on our site under our DIY Tutorials for everyone to see how to make these beautiful Tiffany Style boxes! Great Idea and thank you for sharing!! Debie

  3. This a wonderful tutorial Sandy, the color is perfect. So many uses for these boxes.
    Wishing you a good day,

    1. Thank you, Mimi! I just shopping at Hobby Lobby. :-) lots of inspiration there.

  4. Thank you so much, your tutorial just save me, my cousin wanted a very similar decoration for her sweet 16 thanks to your blog and tutorial i know how to help her.. do you remember the dimensions of that box i have been looking for a tall type box like the one in your tutorial but can't seem to find it (even on hobby lobby)

    1. Hi Jenny,
      The boxes were in a set of 3 assorted sizes, the largest was 5x5 inches and I purchased 2 sets.

      Thank you for reading my blog and for your sweet comment. I do hope you are able to find the boxes and have a fantastic sweet 16!


  5. Hi! did you have to prime the boxes first or did you just paint?

    1. Hi s dale,

      No, I did not prime first. I just grabbed a sponge brush and went to town. :-)

      Let me know how your boxes turn out.

  6. where can i buy these boxes?

  7. Thank You for the post! I am making these for my daughter's Quinceañera. I just wanted to share that I found nesting boxes in a set of 3 (4/5/6 in)at consumercrafts. They are perfect!

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for your post! I'm delighted you were able to find the exact boxes you needed. Good luck and Congrats to your daughter!


  8. Wow!! Your tiffany theme is really great. It is looking so pretty. The diamond filled boxes are simply awesome. Would love to try it for my sister’s 21 birthday party. Planning to book one of San Francisco venues for the day. Surely she will love this.


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