Make a treasure chest with a shoebox

I began this treasure chest project because of feedback I received about How to decorate a treasure chest blank. I was accused of cheating because I bought the treasure chest blank. Anyway, I’ve decided to make things right and create the blank from an old shoebox. The best thing about this project is that it hardly costs anything as you can reuse materials that you already have.

Children should be supervised by adults, if they want to make this project.

Find out how I decorated the treasure chest in part two: decorating the treasure chest.

How to make a treasure chest blank step-by-step

You will need:

  • standard size shoebox
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • white glue (PVA)
  • masking tape
  • corrugated cardboard (reuse an old cardboard box)
  • thick paper such as 300g watercolour paper or equivalent
  • tissue paper
  • paint brush
  • acrylic primer

3 Comments on Make a treasure chest with a shoebox

  1. Jackie
    January 29, 2013 at 1:48 am (5 years ago)

    Hello. I like the treasure chest. My question is, can it be opened or have you made one that can be opened. The children would love being able to put important items in the treasure box.

    • Diane
      January 29, 2013 at 6:06 am (5 years ago)

      The box is designed to open with a lid. I also made a YouTube video demonstrating it. Thanks. Diane

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