Turn a plain wooden box into a DIY quartz-covered jewelry box. We used white quartz from the crafts store, but you can use whatever stones you like! The white stones give a modern look combined in their organic and natural shape, but colored stones would make a huge impact as well. If you have kids wanting to get in on the crafting, have them help by painting rocks ahead of time that you can use to decorate the box.
Working with grout can be a bit messy, so make sure to lay down a plastic tablecloth or scrap paper before you begin. Apply an even layer of grout onto the top of the box with a putty knife. The surface doesn't need to be perfectly smooth, but aim for an even layer about 1/4 inch thick. If you're working with large or heavy stones, you might want to apply a thicker layer. For smaller, aquarium-size pebbles, you could get away with a thinner layer.
Place the rocks onto the grout, pressing to secure in place. Arrange the quartz rocks so they sit nicely together and form a sort of mosaic. Mix up shapes and sizes for more variety and a natural looking storage box. Repeat until the entire top of the box is covered. Let harden for a few hours or overnight.
Once the top is dry to touch, apply a layer of grout to the side of the box, working one side at a time. If you're using a hinged box like this one, it's easiest to apply the grout over the entire side, including the crack. After the side is completely covered in an even layer of grout, open the lid and apply the white quartz stones along the lid and side of the box as before. Repeat this process with the remaining sides. It will be easiest if you have enough time to let each side dry before working on the next one. If you're in a hurry though, you can do all sides at once, however your hands will probably get a little messier.
When letting the box dry, make sure to prop it open to prevent the lid from attaching to the base. You can run a wet finger along the edges of the grout to give it a smoother finish. Let dry overnight.
Once dry, leave the box as-is or paint the inside for a colorful surprise! You could even cut felt, velvet, or cloth to fit inside the box and use a hot-glue gun to secure. If the outside bottom of the box is blank, it can be the perfect spot to write a short personal message in place of a holiday card.