How to make a treasure chest

Updated April 17, 2017

A treasure chest is the perfect spot to hide your favourite items and is a great addition to a pirate-themed birthday party. Instead of buying a treasure chest, consider making one yourself at home that you can personalise and decorate however you please. It only takes a few simple materials to make a treasure chest that you can keep holiday souvenirs in, use to decorate your bedroom or fill with all kinds of keepsakes to give to a friend.

Remove the lid from the shoebox and use a ruler to measure it.

Take apart a cereal box so you can lay it flat. Then, cut out a rectangle that is the length of the shoebox and twice as wide.

Tape one end of the cereal box piece that you cut out to the long side of the shoebox lid. Bend the cereal box piece to form an arch and tape the other end to the opposite side of the shoebox lid. You should now have a hollow arched shoebox lid.

Scrunch up newspaper and use it to fill the hollow arch on your shoebox lid. Cut out two pieces from the remaining cereal box cardboard to cover the hollow sides of the arch. Use tape to secure them to the sides of the shoebox lid. Place the lid back on the shoebox and you have an undecorated treasure chest.

Use wrapping paper to cover the plain shoebox and lid. Secure the wrapping paper using glue or tape.

Decorate the treasure chest using whatever materials you desire. Ideas include markers, paint, glitter or stickers.


Consider using different-coloured wrapping paper for the box and lid or even covering the treasure chest with fabric or felt instead. You also can cover the treasure chest with plain paper and then use paint to decorate it.


Make sure to supervise children when cutting the cardboard pieces for this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • Ruler
  • Cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Wrapping paper
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Christine Argier began writing in 2004 and is backed by more than six years of experience working in the IT field. She holds CompTIA A+ and Green IT certifications and is also a Microsoft Office Master Specialist certified at the expert level in both Microsoft Word and Excel. Argier is currently working toward finalizing her CompTIA Technical Trainer certification (CTT+) and Adobe Certified Expert accreditation (ACE).