How to Make a Wood Treasure Chest

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How to Make a Wood Treasure Chest
a personalised chest is best (treasure chest teapot image by Lijuan Guo from

Kids love getting rewarded for being good. Treasure chests are a great way to store these rewards. To make the treasures even more meaningful, enlist the help of your kids in making the treasure chest. This way they can personalise it and make it look the way they want it to look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 plywood boards 1/4" thick cut to 8" x 12"
  • 2 plywood boards 1/4" thick cut to 12" x 6"
  • 2 plywood boards 1/4" thick cut to 8" x 6"
  • 2 metal hinges size 3"
  • Craft paint in multiple colours
  • Foam Letters: T R E A S U R E C H E S T with pre-glued backing
  • Wood glue
  • 1 box of 1" tack nails
  • small tack hammer
  • Power drill
  • Treasures

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    Building the Chest

  1. 1

    Attach one 8" x 6" piece of wood perpendicular to the 8" side of one of the 8" x 12" pieces of wood with wood glue to form a wall. Reinforce with 5 tack nails. Repeat on the corresponding side.

    How to Make a Wood Treasure Chest
    Wood glue is safe and easy to use for bonding wood. (glue bottle image by Bruce MacQueen from
  2. 2

    Attach one 12" x 6" piece of wood to one end of the chest so that the 6" sides of all three sides now meet up. Use wood glue to secure the sides and reinforce with 6 tack nails along the bottom and 3 tack nails to each corner where the sides meet. Repeat on the other side. (You should now have a box without a lid.)

  3. 3

    On the 8" x 12" piece of wood not yet used, attach hinges to one 12" side using the drill and screw provided with hinges. This is the lid to your treasure chest.

  4. 4

    Place the lid on the box so that the hinges lay at a right angle and fit against the backside of your box. Attach the hinges to the backside using the drill and screws provided with the hinges. Your lid should now lift to open and lay down to close.

    How to Make a Wood Treasure Chest
    The lid hides the treasures inside. (dice box image by MLProject from

    Decorating Your Treasure Box

  1. 1

    Use the craft paint to paint the outside of your treasure chest.

  2. 2

    Add ribbon, craft gems, or other decorative objects to the outside of the treasure chest once it has dried using wood glue.

  3. 3

    Remove the backing from the foam letters and place them on the chest to form the words TREASURE CHEST.

  4. 4

    Your chest is now ready to fill with treasures.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to wear safety glasses when working with hammers and drills. Supervise children when using tools.

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