How to Make a Kids' Paper Treasure Box

Updated February 21, 2017

When you are putting together a pirate-theme birthday party for a child, you can include treasure chest party favour boxes instead of basic bags. Although you can buy premade paper treasure boxes from a party supply store, you can save money and time by making your own out of basic craft supplies and household items. For example, you can transform basic shoeboxes into treasure boxes to fill with candy and toy treasures for the party guests.

Paint the outside of a standard-size shoebox and shoebox lid using coloured acrylic paint. Select any colour of paint you like. Let the paint dry for 20 minutes.

Squeeze coloured glitter glue into patterns, such as swirls or spirals, on the sides and top of the shoebox. Allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes.

Peel the backing off of multiple adhesive plastic jewels, and press the jewels onto the surface of the treasure box.

Cut two pieces of coloured duct tape to measure 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. Place the lid onto the shoebox. Press the duct tape pieces along one side of the shoebox to secure that side of the lid onto the shoebox base. This will act as the hinge for the treasure box.

Fill the treasure box with candy, plastic jewels and coins. Repeat to make as many treasure boxes as you need.


Set out the supplies at the party for kids to make a treasure box during the festivities.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter glue
  • Plastic adhesive jewels
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Plastic coins and jewels
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