Best music boxes: 28 options from old wood to modern

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 14, 2021

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It is so important to introduce your child to music from an early age!

Singing a children's song or playing a music box has a calming effect on children.

Babies use their senses, but the first few months it's really all about hearing and seeing!

Stimuli and sounds also ensure that babies' hearing develops well, but the volume must be moderate; Let that indeed be the case with music boxes!

Nicest music boxes

Music often also has a beneficial and sometimes calming influence on adults. Sometimes we can get happy, but sometimes we can get sad from music.

In any case, we cannot deny that music affects us! And let's be honest, a music box appeals to all of us, right?

Everyone likes to spin it for a moment and is moved by the beautiful, delicate tones and nostalgic melodies.

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They often bring up childhood memories. It is therefore a valuable gift for young and old!

These are the nicest music boxes I've found. I'll list them all in a table below, then I'll dig into what makes each of these choices so fun:

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Nicest music box from Little dutch: Little Dutch StarThe best music box from Little dutch: Little Dutch Ster

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Best music box with fur Elise: Rosina Wachtmeister Music Cat ViolinBest music box with fur Elise: Rosina Wachtmeister Music Cat Violin

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Cutest old-fashioned music box: Music box Happy BirthdayBest old-fashioned music box: Music box Happy Birthday

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Cutest Princess Music Box: Djeco princess carriageCutest princess music box: Djeco princess carriage

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Most beautiful pink music box: Toi-Toys piano boxMost beautiful pink music box: Toi-Toys piano box

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Cutest music box carousel: Charl's ToysBest music box carousel: Charl's Toys

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Best music box with your own music: Kikkerland mechanical music boxBest music box with your own music: Kikkerland mechanical music box

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Disney's Best Music Box: Mickey & Minnie mouseDisney's Best Music Box: Mickey & Minnie mouse

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Cute music box with unicorn: Floss & Rock Fairy & Unicorn Jewelery boxNice music box with unicorn: Floss & Rock Fairy & Unicorn Jewelry box

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Most beautiful carousel music box: Harlequin gnome carouselMost beautiful carousel music box: Harlequin gnome carousel

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Cutest music box with rabbit: TrousselierBest music box with rabbit: Trousselier

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Best Music Box For Baby: Roozje Retro busBest music box for the baby: Roozje Retro bus

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Cutest music box ballerina: Djeco on stageBest music box ballerina: Djeco on stage

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Best Wood Music Box: Sophie the giraffeBest wooden music box: Sophie the giraffe

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Cutest music box with drawstring: Baby's Only Squirrel Forest mustardCutest music box with drawstring: Baby's Only Squirrel Forest mustard

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Best Music Box Mobile: Haba Dream ButterflyBest music box mobile: Haba Dream Butterfly

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Music box I'm going to sleep I'm tired: Hape sleeping tunesMusic box I'm going to sleep I'm tired: Hape sleeping tunes

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Best Music Box for Jewelry: Simply for KidsBest Music Box for Jewelry: Simply for Kids

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Harry Potter music box: Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set - QuidditchHarry Potter Music Box: Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set - Quidditch

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Cutest music hug: Haba Sheep SaraBest music hug: Haba Schaap Sara

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Best Music Box For Baby When Sleeping: Baby's Only Hart ClassicBest Music Box for Baby When Sleeping: Baby's Only Hart Classic

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Music box with Woezel and Pip: Woezel and Pip Music boxMusic box with Woezel and Pip: Woezel and Pip Music box

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Best music box with Miffy: Silver CityBest music box with Miffy: Zilverstad

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Best Elephant Music Box: EchantmintsBest elephant music box: Echantmints

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Best Music Box With Swan Lake: Fidrolin Tchaikowsky Swan LakeBest music box with the swan lake: Fidrolin Tschaikowsky Swan lake

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Most beautiful music box with bird: Small Foot Company 3d BirdsMost beautiful music box with bird: Small Foot Company 3d Vogels

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Romantic music box for your wife: Music box - miniRomantic music box for your wife: Music box - mini

 

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Music box from father to daughter: Music box woodMusic box from father to daughter: Music box wood

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What we discuss in this comprehensive post:

Facts about the music box

The music box was invented in 1796 by the Swiss watchmaker Antoine Favre. It was called the 'carillon without hammers and bells'.

It was primarily used to indicate the time.

The music box functioned as a device that was part of the church bells, to indicate the time by means of music.

It was a huge success; The box created great musical possibilities! It took up little space and the production costs were quite low.

It finally became possible, also for the common people, to have music at home!

Are you giving a music box as a gift?

A music box often also functions as a jewelry box or as a souvenir. Giving a music box as a gift can be an important message for the recipient.

The chosen music can have a very deep meaning. Music boxes are usually associated with nostalgia and romance.

How does a music box work?

A music box is an automatic musical instrument in a box that has a series of metal teeth as a sound source, which together form the so-called playing comb.

These teeth are moved by a program of pins on a cylinder; This creates a melody.

Actually quite simple.

This is a real music box studio where you can see how it works:

Here are the best music boxes a closer look:

Best music boxes rated

The best music box from Little dutch: Little Dutch Ster

The best music box from Little dutch: Little Dutch Ster

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The sweet melody 'Somewhere over the rainbow' is played by this Little Dutch Music Box Star - Ocean Blue! This tune will put your child to sleep.

You can hang it on the bed of your little one or possibly in the pram. The blue star with whale motifs will be a real eye-catcher in the nursery!

By pulling the string, the music starts to play. This star is available in different colors and suitable for newborn babies.

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Best music box with fur Elise: Rosina Wachtmeister Music Cat Violin

Best music box with fur Elise: Rosina Wachtmeister Music Cat Violin

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This beautiful Music box Rosina Wachtmeister Music Cat Violin melody Für Elise by Beethoven comes from the artist series! A great music box with a print of a work of art!

Super nice to give, but also to receive; it is also a much loved collector's item! This beautifully printed box contains a metal music box that starts playing when the crank is turned.

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Best old-fashioned music box: Music box Happy Birthday

Best old-fashioned music box: Music box Happy Birthday

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'Happy Birthday to You!' plays this fun Music Box Happy Birthday! This mini metal barrel organ plays the well-known birthday song 'Happy Birthday'.

You can see exactly how the system works when you turn the lever, because there is no box around it!

View it here at Blokker

Cutest princess music box: Djeco princess carriage

Cutest princess music box: Djeco princess carriage

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A very nice one, this Music box princess carriage! This beautiful music box from the Djeco brand stands out for its beauty!

The box in the shape of a princess carriage is beautifully painted and has a large storage compartment for jewelry.

When you open the lid, you will see a mirror in the shape of a flower and a cute princess spinning around!

The princess dances to the tune of 'Let me call you sweetheart' by Leo Friedman. A very charming music box for little princesses!

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Most beautiful pink music box: Toi-Toys piano box

Most beautiful pink music box: Toi-Toys piano box

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The pink Music Box - Piano shape with Fairy by Toi-Toys is a feast for the eyes! Fairies, flowers and butterflies are painted on this music box, in the shape of a piano.

Nice to store jewelry! When opening the box, the fairy will dance for you to a beautiful melody.

The music box is made of plastic and cardboard and can be wound on the back. Suitable for children from the age of four.

View it here at bol.com

Best music box carousel: Charl's Toys

Best music box carousel: Charl's Toys

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This colorful Wooden Music Box Carrousel has a nostalgic look. It is an old-fashioned merry-go-round, or carousel, which we all know from the fair.

You can wind this music box by turning the bottom part. Then the merry-go-round starts to spin and the music starts playing at the same time.

The carousel is painted in detail and very beautiful.

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Best music box with your own music: Kikkerland mechanical music box

Photo of how to add your own music to the Kikkerland music box

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With this Kikkerland mechanical music box you can make your own different melodies! Then you can listen to your favorite songs, isn't that great?

You can also just write a romantic melody for your loved one!

Some prior knowledge of sheet music will come in very handy, but don't be afraid to experiment and learn if you're just a beginner.

This is the perfect gift for music lovers, musicians and composers to be.

The set contains three strips of paper, a 'Happy Birthday' tune, the music box itself and a hole punch. Have fun with this great music box kit!

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Disney's Best Music Box: Mickey & Minnie mouse

Disney's Best Music Box: Mickey & Minnie mouse

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The Mickey & Minnie mouse Music box is beautiful and shows Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the fair. This Disney Music Box actually gives you a little 'Disney Magic' at home.

This particularly beautiful, wooden music box is a collector's item. On the side is a button with which you can turn the music box on and off.

Very nice for the nursery or play corner, but also looks great in the living room. A real gem!

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Nice music box with unicorn: Floss & Rock Fairy & Unicorn Jewelry box

Nice music box with unicorn: Floss & Rock Fairy & Unicorn Jewelry box

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The cute Floss & Rock Fairy & Unicorn - Music / Jewelry Box is a cheerful music box with elves and unicorn figures.

This romantic jewel box plays the famous melody 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' when it is opened, at the same time the fairy starts dancing.

The fairies and unicorns watch over your little one's most beautiful jewelry! The box also contains a small mirror. It is not suitable for children under three years old.

View it here at bol.com

Most beautiful carousel music box: Harlequin gnome carousel

Most beautiful carousel music box: Harlequin gnome carousel

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The Toy box gnome carousel is a beautiful wooden music box in the shape of a mushroom. When you wind up the carousel, the gnomes will spin to the beautiful melody of 'Brahm's lullaby'.

The music box is suitable for children from the age of three. A cheerful and colorful music box!

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Best music box with rabbit: Trousselier

Best music box with rabbit: Trousselier

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Such a sweet and nostalgic music box, this Music box rabbit! The rabbit dances to the beautiful melody of the 'Rhapsody' by Paganini-S. Rachmannov.

There is an on and off button on the back. It is not a toy for very little ones, but rather a collector's item for older children and adults.

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Best music box for the baby: Roozje Retro bus

Best music box for the baby: Roozje Retro bus

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The Wooden music box baby Retro Bus ocher yellow - Mozart's lullaby - Roozje is a laser-cut, wooden Volkswagen van from the Roozje brand.

The ocher yellow music box is made of poplar wood and plays the well-known melody of 'Mozart's lullaby'.

A great item for the nursery, above the baby bed, especially if mom and dad love vintage Volkswagen vans!

View it here at bol.com

Best music box ballerina: Djeco on stage

Best music box ballerina: Djeco on stage

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The DJECO Ballerina on stage music box is a cute box with a pink ballerina on top! She wears a beautiful crown and she starts making pirouettes when the music sounds.

Your child has to turn the lever to activate the music. For all little ballerinas among us from the age of three!

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Best wooden music box: Sophie the giraffe

Best wooden music box: Sophie the giraffe

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From our own Sophie: Sophie the giraffe square music box - pink (glow in the dark). This cute pink music box by Sophie the giraffe is perfect for storing your child's jewelry.

If you wind the key on the back and open the box, the giraffe Sophie will start dancing to the music! Your little one will really like that!

There is a handy drawer and a mirror in the box. The inside of the box is covered with soft felt. The outside is 'glow in the dark' so it will glow in the dark, super cool!

The melody that comes from the music box is 'Love Story' by the composer Francis Lai.

View it here at bol.com

Cutest music box with drawstring: Baby's Only Squirrel Forest mustard

Cutest music box with drawstring: Baby's Only Squirrel Forest mustard

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The trendy, mustard yellow Baby's Only Music Box Squirrel Forest mustard will be a striking detail in the nursery!

The squirrel plays a melody by means of the pull cord, the musical toy is suitable for little ones from three months to about three years.

A great maternity gift!

View it here at bol.com

Best music box mobile: Haba Dream Butterfly

Best music box mobile: Haba Dream Butterfly

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The Haba - Mobile / music box - Dream Butterfly is a music box and mobile in one! The cute butterflies flutter around while the music box plays a soft lullaby.

There is no better way for your baby to sleep! Your child is quickly in dreamland every night.

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Music box I'm going to sleep I'm tired: Hape sleeping tunes

Music box I'm going to sleep I'm tired: Hape sleeping tunes

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Is your little one tired and in need of a nap? With the Hape - Rotating music box with sleeping tunes, that's a quick look! The colorful, rotating music box is ideal for newborn babies, but also for older children.

The shapes rotate while soft music sounds from the music box so that your little one becomes completely calm.

Every time it is a beautiful musical experience. This durable item is made with dedication. A safe and solid music box.

View it here at bol.com

Best Music Box for Jewelry: Simply for Kids

Best Music Box for Jewelry: Simply for Kids

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The Jewelery & Music Box - Elves - With drawer has an enchanting, dancing elf!

The box has a mirror, a drawer and on the outside fairytale images of elves and fairies.

The melody that can be heard is 'Alla Turca' by the world-famous composer Mozart.

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Harry Potter Music Box: Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set - Quidditch

Harry Potter Music Box: Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set - Quidditch

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For all Harry Potter fans: The Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set - Quidditch Music Box! This is the first official collector's item from this series;

The Quidditch music box from the 'Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set'. It has a lock with key and comes with a nice poster.

Not bought at Zwik en Zwachtels Quidditch Palace, but no less fun!

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Best music hug: Haba Schaap Sara

Best music hug: Haba Schaap Sara

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The Haba - Music Cuddle - Sheep Sara is a sweet and soft sheep who takes your little one to dreamland with a soft melody.

Hang the music box above the baby bed; Your little one will fall asleep quickly and then wake up in a good mood!

The melody that can be heard is: 'All the birds are already there'. Suitable for newborn babies!

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Best Music Box for Baby When Sleeping: Baby's Only Hart Classic

Best Music Box for Baby When Sleeping: Baby's Only Hart Classic

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Trendy and endearing, the Baby's Only Music Box Heart Classic stonegreen! This chic music box is shaped like a large heart, made of a beautiful knitted fabric and has a stylish look.

When you pull the string, your little one will hear soothing music. The heart is suitable for hanging on the crib or cot.

The Baby's Only collection mainly consists of knitted materials with a fashionable touch and all items can be combined in perfect harmony with each other.

The colors Baby's only uses are contemporary and different.

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Music box with Woezel and Pip: Woezel and Pip Music box

Music box with Woezel and Pip: Woezel and Pip Music box

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A unique music box for the little fans of Woezel and Pip! With this Woezel and Pip Music Box, the little ones can already learn to tidy up their necklaces and bracelets!

When your child opens the box, the friends Woezel and Pip will happily dance around, while the well-known Lalala music can be heard.

The outside of the jewelry box is printed with fun Woezel and Pip drawings and the friends from the Magic Garden!

View it here at bol.com

Best music box with Miffy: Zilverstad

Best music box with Miffy: Zilverstad

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The Miffy Music Box is, like all Miffy items, beautiful! It is a small silver-plated box and really perfect to give as a maternity gift.

You can also have the name and date of birth engraved; that makes it a very valuable gift! A great gift!

View it here at bol.com

Best elephant music box: Echantmints

Best elephant music box: Echantmints

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This beautiful Music Box Elephant from the Enchantmints brand is a beautiful music box with a revolving Elephant and secret drawers where precious things can be stored.

Nice to give as a gift to all children, but also adults who love elephants and nature. The box is not suitable for children under the age of three.

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Best music box with the swan lake: Fidrolin Tschaikowsky Swan lake

Best music box with the swan lake: Fidrolin Tschaikowsky Swan lake

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This Music box Tschaikowsky melody Swan lake - Swan Lake plays the world famous, classical melody of the Swan Lake by Tschaikowsky.

The box is printed with a photo of the well-known composer Pjotr ​​Iljitsch Tschaikowsky.

The metal music box inside lets you hear the moving melody of Swan Lake the moment you turn the crank.

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Most beautiful music box with bird: Small Foot Company 3d Vogels

Most beautiful music box with bird: Small Foot Company 3d Vogels

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What is he very nice, the Small Foot Company 3d Music Box Birds! You can assemble this cool 3D craft set yourself, possibly together with your child; The colorful bird puzzle consists of 47 small pieces.

When the birds are next to each other, you will hear the tune 'As time goes by'. Suitable for children aged nine to twelve. The batteries are included.

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Romantic music box for your wife: Music box - mini

Romantic music box for your wife: Music box - mini

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Your wife will love this Music box - mini - For your wife - Wood! The love you feel for your wife is of course impossible to describe.

With this gift, you show her how much you love her in the ultimate way! You tell her so much with this music box; The melody is 'You are my sunshine'.

She is therefore, not always but often, the sunshine in the house! They say 'diamonds are a girl's best friend', but this is the most endearing gift ever?

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Music box from father to daughter: Music box wood

Music box from father to daughter: Music box wood

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The Music Box - From father to daughter - wood is for dads who want to show their daughter how much they love her!

The unconditional love a father feels for his daughter is hard to put into words;

With this music box daddy makes the apple of his eye clear in a beautiful way.

'You are my sunshine' is the melody played for your daughter. She will love it and will always keep and cherish this gift.

View it here at bol.com

Make a music hug yourself

You could put a music box in each hug, provided the hug is big enough for it. Pay attention; We are talking about a music box with a string!

Like this one for example: Music box washable; However, most music boxes are non-washable. If they are, it will always be explicitly stated on the packaging.

But how are you going to secure the box in the hug?

You put the box, as late as possible, in the hug. Your cuddly toy will then become heavier and unfortunately it will no longer be so pleasant to crochet, so make sure you don't have a very long piece of crochet to go when you crochet it yourself.

However, you will always have to hook the last piece with the box in the plush toy. The music box in this case consists of the box itself, a string and a pull lever, which is attached at the bottom of the string.

Once the box is in it, you put the cord through the crochet work outwards; You do that at the place where you want the cord to come out, at the bottom of the hug.

Make sure the string is securely attached to the music box. Then also attach it firmly to the pull lever.

Your homemade music cuddly toy will definitely be a success, also for example as a very personal maternity gift!

In the family they will probably ask you to crochet one for them too. Maybe this is the start of a new hobby for you.

After all, in these turbulent times, you better make sure you have something to do at home!

City wood music boxes, a great initiative!

Have you ever heard of the music boxes, which are made from trees from the city by city wood artist Rob? Rob makes music boxes from felled city trees and knows where every tree has stood!

He has already made over three thousand music boxes from city trees that would otherwise be thrown in the shredder.

He often wonders whether people ever think about the fact that a tree is a kind of monument. When a tree is shredded, it looks like it is garbage, according to Rob.

While for him it is a very valuable, natural material to turn it into a beautiful product.

At the bottom of each music box it is neatly stated where the felled tree comes from, complete with serial number; Wood with a story, we can say.

It is also special that he made boxes from an ancient elm from Utrecht; The tree has been there since 1776, which is therefore the oldest tree that it has ever processed.

Rob is especially fond of the maple, because of the beautiful marble motif. The boxes that he can make from that wood are his favorite.

Conclusion

Music boxes have something magical for everyone, whether you are a baby or an elderly person; Would you like to start a music box collection?

Or are you looking for that one music box that is still missing from your collection, then you may have enjoyed reading this article.

Even if you were looking for a baby or children's music box, you may have been able to discover a number of nice models.

Bought or homemade, the music box will in any case remain a nice present for young and old!

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.