How to Make Pandora's Box

Updated April 17, 2017

The story of Pandora's box is the Greek mythological tale of the first woman on earth, created by the gods. She was given a box and told not to open it. When curiosity got the best of her, she opened it and all the evil and hardships that were contained in it came out. This project can help teach the mythological story.

Paint the outside of the box, including the cover, whatever main colour you'd like to have. Once the outside is dry, paint the inside of the box a contrasting colour. The inside of the box is where all of the negative images will be seen, so pick a colour that represents that. Allow the inside to dry.

Cut out images from magazines, and put them in 2 different categories: good or lovely, and bad or evil. The good images will go on the outside of the box, and the bad things will go on the inside of the box. With glue, apply images to their corresponding places to create a collage on both sides. Make the outside nice and symmetrical and the inside more chaotic. You can apply glitter or found objects to make it stand out more, if you like.

Glue the tinsel to the inside cover of the box on the edges. When opening the box it will give an effect of something coming out as the box is opened.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box with a cover (like a large shoebox)
  • Magazines
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Found objects (optional)
  • Tinsel
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About the Author

Naomi Valdivia is an illustrator, designer and crafter who began writing professionally in 2008. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.