How to make a treasure chest out of a shoe box

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  • Introduction

    How to make a treasure chest out of a shoe box

    Recycle an old shoebox into a treasure chest for children to use as a prop when playing pirates, or for stashing their own treasures. It is a quick and easy project for children to complete with only a little help from an adult.

    A shoe box treasure chest is a simple and enjoyable craft project. (Getty creative)

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    Use the utility knife (this should be done by an adult only) to cut through two corners on one side of the box lid, creating a flap that will become the treasure chest's lid hinge.

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    Place the lid on the shoebox, and tape the flap, or hinge side of the lid, to the outside of the shoebox with clear shipping tape.

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    Open the shoebox lid and tape along the inner edge of the hinge. The lid will open and close, like the top of a treasure chest.

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    Decorate the outside of the treasure chest with tissue paper. Pour white glue to a paper cup, and stir in a little water to thin. Lay pieces of coloured tissue paper over the outside of the box; using paint brush, apply a layer of the glue solution over the tissue to affix the paper to the box. Cover the entire treasure chest.

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  • Checklist

    Things you will need

    • Shoebox with lid
    • Utility knife
    • Clear shipping tape
    • Coloured tissue paper
    • White glue
    • Paper cup
    • Water
    • Paint brush
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    Tips and warnings

    Help your child get creative and use additional embellishments, such as glue-on imitation gemstones, a ribbon trim or craft foam shapes.

    Don't let young children use the utility knife; an adult should do all the cutting.

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