How to make a treasure chest out of a shoe box

Written by ann johnson | 13/05/2017
How to make a treasure chest out of a shoe box
A shoe box treasure chest is a simple and enjoyable craft project. (Getty creative)

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.

Things you need

  • Shoebox with lid

  • Utility knife

  • Clear shipping tape

  • Coloured tissue paper

  • White glue

  • Paper cup

  • Water

  • Paint brush

Getting started

How to make a treasure chest out of a shoe box
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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.

Tips

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

Warnings

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

Things you need

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

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