How to Make a Stash Box in Six Easy Steps

In the past, stash boxes were a necessity because you likely wanted to keep your marijuana out of plain sight.  What the box looked like was not so important but security was. Today, stash boxes can be beautifully displayed in your home as it’s becoming more legal around the world. People now want to store their stash conveniently in a box that looks nice on a table, but also securely if children  and the curious are around. The handy-minded person may want to know how to make a stash box off their own.

If you’ve been wondering how to make your own stash box, there are plenty of DIY projects that you can do. For people who aren’t as creative-minded and are looking for an easy all-in-one solution though, you can always purchase premade stash boxes. We’ve also found two spectacular designs, one for displaying at home and one for travel, that you can use to your advantage.

How to Make a Stash Box The Easy DIY Way

Even though this is a hands-on project, once it’s finished, you’ll still want to make sure that your stash box looks unique. You can easily transform an ordinary box into a stash box, but this project is far more innovative and still allows you to upcycle something old.

What You’ll Need

  • Thrifted wood jewelry box
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrushes
  • White paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Hasp
  • Lock and key
  • Screws
  • Drill


Step 1

First, you will need to find a wood jewelry box at a garage sale or at a thrift store. If you aren’t able to find one, you can always buy a ready-made raw wood box from your local craft store.


Raw Walnut Flat Top Stash Box With Hinged Lid


Raw Walnut Rounded Trunk Style Top Stash Box With Hinged Lid

The most important thing to look for in your stash box is to make sure it has enough space for all of your paraphernalia.

Step 2

If your chosen box has a glossy finish, use the sandpaper to create a flat matte base. This is necessary to make sure the paint adheres to the surface and won’t peel off.

Step 3

Once the sanding is complete, using the white paint, apply one to two coats onto the surface of the wood box. This process doesn’t have to be perfect, as you’ll be distressing the paint in the next step.

Step 4

After giving the paint a couple of hours to dry, use the sandpaper to buff away some of the paint gently. This will give the box a distressed appeal that looks elevated but still pays homage to its thrifty nature. Continue sanding until you reach the perfect look.

Step 5

Using a dry microfiber cloth, wipe away any leftover paint shavings and use the Mod Podge to seal the paint so that it doesn’t flake away over time. You can also attach decals or painted designs using Mod Podge and then seal them later with one or two coats of Mod Podge over these to create a Decoupage finish. It’s recommended that you let this layer dry for an additional couple of hours.


Mod Podge Kit With Applicators

Step 6

With the help of your screws and drill, affix the hasp to the front of the jewelry box. This will allow you to lock the box when you are away from home and is a great preventative measure if you have children in the house.

Antique Finish Hasp Latch

Antique Finish Hasp Latch with Lock Eyelet

Antiqued Jewelry Box Hasp Latch

Antique Style Jewelry Box Hasp Latch

Once the hasp is attached, you can then use a padlock or any other type of lock you prefer. At this point, you should have a beautifully handmade stash box with the help of upcycled components.


Antique Style Combination Padlock

It’s a cost-effective, simple, and creative way to learn how to make your own stash box. You can also use additional decorations, such as glitter or stencils, to paint graphics for an added touch.

Stash Box With  Secret Compartment That Experienced 'Woodies' Can Make

For those that are experienced woodworking hobbyists and have a fully set up workshop with all the tools, you maybe inspired to make a beautiful wood box design with a fun secret compartment for your stash!  We found two great project videos that show you how...

The Perfect 'Off the Shelf' Stash Box Options

If you’re someone who isn’t interested in going through the process of making your own DIY box, there is always the option to buy one. In many cases, this is preferable, as manufactured stash boxes have plenty of amazing features that you won’t be able to find in an at-home revamped jewelry box.

We have two models from Swag Gear that are our absolute favorites for travel and at-home use, which are also both affordable.

1. Tree of Life Stash Box Combo from SwagGear

Every aspect of the Tree of Life Stash Box Combo is organic and stunning with the perfect vibes for a safe and reliable place to store your weed. Crafted out of high-quality materials and special artisan craftsmanship, it’s ideal for displaying on a coffee table or even your bedside table.


The most notable features of the Tree of Life Stash Box Combo include:

  • Combo Set

Apart from the box itself, you will receive an entire bundle of items including a UV glass stash jar, a titanium grinder, and a rolling tray.

  • Cushioned Interior

To protect your bud and paraphernalia stored in the box, the entire interior of this box is lined with cushioned material. It also adds a little bit of luxury when you open the box in front of friends.

  • Added Lock

With the addition of the lock to the front of the box, you can keep all of your accessories safe and protected.

  • UV-Protected Glass Herb Jar

The glass jar isn’t any ordinary cannabis jar, as it is coated with UV protection. This storage method can help to keep your weed preserved for months at a time, especially since it has an airtight seal.

  • Tree of Life Design

Consuming cannabis is more than a recreational venture; it also provides the ability to explore your inner self. The Tree of Life design on the front of the box symbolizes strength, growth, and connection to all living things.


  • Keeps the odor in
  • Crafted from quality materials
  • Ideal for display at home
  • Comes with a grinder, tray, stash jar
  • Blocks UV and moisture


  • Has an old-school lock
  • The grinder is too big for the box

2. Odor-Proof Tree of Life Stash Box Combo from SwagGear

Perfect for people who travel and bring their bud with them, the Odor-Proof Tree of Life Stash Box Combo has plenty to offer. Similar to the previous box, there are a few extra items included along with the box itself.

Using this stash box is truly one of the best ways to travel with your weed. This is because it is explicitly designed to keep your stash protected and discreet.


The most impressive features of the Odor-Proof Tree of Life Stash Box Combo include:

  • Combo Set

Along with the impressively durable box, you’ll also receive a black titanium grinder, a large UV glass stash jar, and a rolling tray.

  • Cushioned Interior

You’ll want to protect your accessories and weed when traveling, and the cushioned interior of this stash box will prove to be quite useful. With an advanced layer of padding in the lid of the box and the base, all of your accessories will be protected from various types of padding.

  • Combo Lock

Instead of using a traditional padlock, on the front of the box you’ll notice that it comes with a combo lock. You can easily choose any numeric combination to keep your herbs safe from theft when you’re on-the-go.

  • Odor-Locking Technology and Humidity Control

It can be intimidating to travel with potent herbs. Thankfully, the Odor-Proof Tree of Life Stash Box Combo is designed with advanced odor-locking technology.

The airtight seal on the travel case helps to keep all of your contents confidential. You will also be able to control the humidity of the case to preserve your weed for much longer.

  • Rugged Case

Compared to a regular stash box that you’ll keep at home, this combo set comes with an incredibly rugged case. It is waterproof, crushproof, and entirely air-tight for your peace of mind.


  • Works as advertised
  • A good size box
  • Smell-proof design
  • Durable and well-made
  • Perfect for travel


  • Locking system could be better
  • Still might be a bit small for some

3. Black Lacquer Stash Box Combo with Removable Dividers from Hakuna Supply

A stylish black lacquer finished Stash Box Combo from Hakuna Supply is perfect as a display piece on a coffee table or shelf as well  as a great way to keep your stash. A great choice of different engraved design options on the lid sets of this box as a stylish display box.

Similar to the previous boxes but the Hakuna box design has dividers that can be removed to give different storage configurations.


The most notable features of the Hakuna Black Lacquer Stash Box Comboinclude:

  • Attractive finish and stylish design
  • A good size box with ability to alter the compartment size

Apart from the box itself, you will receive a bundle of items which include  a storage stash jar with a rubber seal, a heavyweight 4-piece black rotary engraved Hakuna sharp shredder grinder with a pollen catcher and shovel. Some designs also include a rolling tray.

  • Changeable compartment  dividers

If you  want to add a long item to your box, like a pipe or vape, and need to change the compartment size, the Hakuna box gives you that option with two compartment sections that can be removed to make larger compartment sections.


  • A good size box
  • A variety of seven great and stylish designs available for the lid which can be chosen
  • Designer finish and appearance makes this stash box being visible a feature in any interior, even a designer one.
  • Addition of a smell proof stash jar and quality grinder and some designs include a rolling tray


  • No Locking system meaning your would have to add a hasp and lock if this was a need  
  • Not really suitable for travel
  • The box is not smell proofed though the stash jar is
  • Not all designs include the addition of a rolling tray and the rolling tray increases the price.

4. Herb Guard Smell Proof Security Travel Stash Box

If security of access  for your stash and odor are  a concern when you travel then this stash box by Herb Guard  may be the one your want.

Herb Guard have gone all out with their design in focussing on keeping odor leakage to  zero and and giving you two locks to make sure your box can't be opened by the curious, such as kids.

The Herb Guard smell proof stash box design has travel as its primary concern and to this end the durability of the case is top shelf.


The most notable features of the Tree of Life Stash Box Combo include:

  • A pressure stabilizing knob lid seal giving 100% odor control
  • A double lock system
  • A carry handle

Apart from the box itself, you will receive an eight ounce smell proof stash jar, two smell proof travel bags, and two matching combination locks.

  • Durable O-Ring seal for a 100% smell proofed seal
  • Pressure  seal control knob for assurance of a smell proofed lid seal

This stash box is a good secure storage for home and perfect for travel


  • Tough and durable plastic  construction
  • Maker claims a 100% odor reduction assurance with an O-Ring seal for the lid and a pressure control knob
  • Carry handle is an ideal travel companion feature
  • Addition of a smell proof stash jar and two smell proof pouches 
  • Double lock system with two combination locks supplied


  • No compartments in the box  
  • The box is a bit small
  • Plastic does give a utilitarian look to the unit and some think plastic looks cheap
  • Practical 'heavy duty' design is great for travel but not really attractive as a tabletop of coffee table piece
  • No grinder or rolling tray included
  • Some comments indicate that the smell proof lid is not totally smell proof for some 

Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking about learning how to make a unique stash box for someone or your own, it’s easy to customize products that you might already have lying around the house, and if you are skilled working with wood, you can make a beautiful designer piece from scratch.

For a more time-efficient alternative though, you might want to find an already fabricated box that suits your needs and budget. Either way, you can make or choose a stash box design for a safe, reliable, and impressive way to store your stash easily at home or a design best suited for traveling.

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