I made several of these little trinket boxes to give gifts last Christmas. I found the unfinished wood boxes at Dollar Tree for only a dollar each. Thankfully, I bought several when I first saw them because they disappeared from the shelves quickly and they no longer carry them. I'd love to find another source for these boxes but I've had no luck so far. They have cheap unfinished boxes at the craft stores but they're smaller, not as nice as these and it would be more difficult to cover them as I've done with these.
I used some collage graphics that I created in Paint Shop Pro to cover the boxes. They're printed on glossy photo paper which I also bought at Dollar Tree. The paper comes in packs of eight 8.5x11" sheets for a dollar. I've been using that paper for calendars and other projects as well.
This is how the boxes looked before I painted them black and covered them with my printed paper:
I bought the black acrylic paint at Walmart and I think it was about 50-cents per bottle. Probably the most costly part of making these boxes was the printer ink. I'm guessing that each box cost me a total of about $2.00-3.00 to make.
Every time I visit Dollar Tree, I check to see if they have these wood boxes in stock again. I would love to make these in other colors and designs. By the way, they have a magnet closure which I really like because it leaves the front of the box clear for pasting my paper on. All of the other little boxes I've seen have a cheap-looking hinged latch on the front that would have to be removed temporarily to cover them with paper.