How to make treasure chest patterns

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How to make treasure chest patterns
Create plans to build your own custom treasure chest. (Christmas balls in a treasure chest (clipping path image by GoodMood Photo from

Treasure chests can be made from wood, card or paper and are surprisingly simple to make when following a treasure chest plan. Create treasure chest plans to build your own custom treasure chests. Learn how to use an existing box to create your own treasure chest plans that can be used over and over again.

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Box
  • Paper
  • Protractor
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure the length and height of each side of your chosen box. Use these measurements to draw each piece of the box onto paper. Use a protractor to ensure that your box has equal angles on each corner. Check to ensure that you have the following pieces: two side edges, one base, one front, one back and one lid.

  2. 2

    Label each pattern piece clearly so it can be identified. If necessary, draw an arrow to indicate which is the top edge of a piece. Write inside the piece to ensure that the labels are clear when the plan is cut from the paper.

  3. 3

    Make a mark 20 per cent in from each end of the top of the back piece and the back of the lid to indicate where the hinges should be placed. Make a mark in the centre of the front pattern piece to indicate the positioning of the clasp.

  4. 4

    Cut around the pieces with care. If you are not going to use your treasure chest pattern pieces straight away, store them carefully in an envelope or folder so that they do not get damaged.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a photocopier to enlarge or reduce the size of your treasure chest pattern pieces.
  • Make notes as you use your treasure chest pattern to help you develop or adapt the pattern in future projects.
  • Make a mock-up of the treasure chest from paper or cardboard before working on the final project. This will allow you to make any final adjustments and reduce waste.

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