How to decorate a treasure chest blank

treasure chestThis project is more than just about creating a miniature treasure chest. You can also use it to make wishes.

I got the idea after reading, Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest the Law of Attraction, which describes techniques for making you feel happy, healthy and wealthy.

You can personalize this project in any way you choose and don’t forget to place an item in the box and make a wish when you’ve finished.

How to create a treasure chest, step-by-step

You will need:

  • a ready-made paper mache trunk or box
  • white (PVA) glue
  • acrylic or poster paints
  • brushes
  • metal foil
  • craft knife or scissors
  • metal ruler
  • embossing tool
  • brad awl
  • round paper cutter
  • assorted brads
  • adhesive gem stones and beads

Creativity Street Papier Mâché Trunk

You will need to buy a ready-made, paper mache trunk or gift box. It is better if the box is made of paper mache as this will retain its shape when you coat it with glue and paint.


Pros: Using a ready-made box means you can get on with the fun stuff. Paper mache is also great for decoupage.

Cons: The self-adhesive metal foil didn’t stick that well to the box. I also glued it and secured it with brads.

Summary: It is very easy to create pleasing results with a few materials and you can give the box away as a gift.

2 Comments on How to decorate a treasure chest blank

  1. Jade
    August 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I can’t find the paper mache chest from Hobbycraft (as I’m from the UK) Please help!

    • artydash
      August 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm (6 years ago)

      I checked in the Peterborough branch of Hobbycraft and they have it. I would check with your local store if they can get it for you.