How to Make Pirate Treasure Chests

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If your youngster is a swashbuckling pirate, make him a pirate chest for a one-on-one craft activity or make several to adorn the party room at his next birthday celebration. Fill the chests with pirate treasures, such as eye patches, chocolate coins and bandannas and give them out as party favors, or let your little pirate store his fake parrot and hook in the chest in his room. You can customize the chest any way you like and add embellishments to make it worthy to hold your child's treasures..

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox or large tissue box
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Embellishments (jewels, glitter, stones)
  • Glue brown construction paper all over the box to cover it completely. If you are using a tissue box, you will have to cut around the top of the box to make a lid, leaving the back of the box attached. Cut just the front and the two sides to form a "hinge," and then cover the box with construction paper.

  • Lay some construction paper inside the box to make it look realistic. Glue it down to make it more secure.

  • Cut thin strips of dark brown or black construction paper to make the chest's bracing and handles. Wrap a bracing strip around the cardboard box from the opening of the lid, around the top, down the back and back up to the front of the chest, just beneath the lid. Add one more in the same manner.

  • Bend the two handle strips to make arches and glue the ends to the left and right sides of the chest.

  • Cut a lock shape from another piece of construction paper in the color of your choice. Glue the lock to the front of the box at the bottom edge of the lid.

  • Embellish the chest by gluing stones, glitter or coins to the top of the box and fill the box with pirate treasures of your choice.

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