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
- 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
Shorten the length of the shoebox. Measure the height (varies but this one is 13cm/5 inches) and measure 13cm/5 inches (or the height of your box) from one end. Cut the end off and cut a diagonal line from the end to the top of the box, where you measured to. Cut from the top of the box to the bottom to create a flap.
Glue the watercolour paper to the back edge of this strip and then to the front to form a dome. Glue three semi-circular strips over the top of the dome, leaving an overhang of 1 inch (2.5cm) at the back to create the hinges. Create the sides of the lid. Draw around the side of the lid to make a template. Cut the shape from card with three tabs.