How to make a treasure chest out of a shoe box

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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.

Getting started

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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.

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