Our youngest has his birthday party tomorrow and we’ll be doing the typical party games: pass the parcel, pin the thing on the pirate (each kid puts something belonging to the pirate on to the drawn picture), a treasure hunt. One of the things I make for the kids is a paper treasure chest. They get to glue gem stones on to it and decorate it with glitter glue, and then can put in their loot (from the other games) to take home with them.
It’s a pretty simple design. You can make two from a typical piece of cardstock. Each one is 18.25″ x 14″ wide. These are the dimensions for the box. Once cut out, open up your scissors all the way and, with a straight rule, score along all of the lines so that the box folds together cleanly. The sides have tabs that fold in for gluing against the front and back. The tabs for the lid fold down, and you can cut out semicircles (2″ radius) to glue to the outsides of the side of the lid.
The metal bands around the paper are a silver- or gold-colored cardstock cut in strips (about 1″). The fasteners are metal and are often called “brads” like the nail, but they’re just labeled “paper fasteners” in the local big box office supply store up here. Take one end of the 1″ strip and fold it over, into the box. Then pinch the end inside the box and the rest of the strip outside, with the box between, and press a brad/fastener through all three layers. You can then run the rest of the strip around the box and over the lid, pushing brads/fasteners in as you go. I put a bit of glue on the bottom since otherwise the strips were not attached there.
My math skills aren’t exceptional, so you may want to more accurately measure the arc of the 2″ semicircles (4″ x 3.14 = 12.52/2). Also, if you want a smoother top, just make more scores, more closely together, on the lid.
I cut a small shape for the lock. It is held in place on the lid with two brads. I cut a small slit in the box and created a notch by cutting three sides of a box into the lower part of the low. The resulting tab can be bent slightly and will go into the slit. It isn’t terribly secure but will stop the lid from popping up.
The paper runs about a $1 a sheet, and the fasteners are about $3 a box of 100. The killer on this project is the time it takes to cut it out and piece it together for each kid!