Cardboard props: How to make a Pirate Treasure Chest

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So, this year saw me making another Treasure Chest for the Gangshow... And this is a how to for it...

I have made a few of these over the years, and if i had the space and utensils, I would make it out of wood, as the construction would be the same.... for the curved top I would probably use some flexi ply or similar...

Anyway for your viewing delight, a cardboard treasure chest.... and an amusing picture of me as a pirate just because its fun and semi-relevant! ( I also made that costume and hat too!)
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Step 1: Ahoy thar Ingredients off the starboard Cap'in

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So what am I going to need?
  • Cardboard
  • Glue gun
  • Ruler
  • Knife or Scissors
  • PVA Glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Pen/ Pencil
  • Paint brushes
  • Duct tape
  • Paint
  • Perseverance
  • Patience... I don't have very much of this... so i made sure I completed it quickly ;)

Step 2: I don't like the cut of 'is Jib! Measure him up!

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Right I have tried to draw  the box sections to a sort of scale... you can see what measurements need to correspond with their partner pieces... so for example... the red edges need to be the same length as each other etc...

So you should end up with 7 pieces 5 of which should be rectangles, and two should be half cut circles....

For the lid covering, you will need to make sure that the card that wraps around your lid sections is as wide as your front and back sections, I just had no way of drawing this.

to make the lid sections, I drew around a rounded object to get a uniform curvature

when you are satisfied with your measurements, it's time to cut out your pieces.
BrittLiv4 years ago
Your costumes are great!
Biggsy (author)  BrittLiv4 years ago
hehe thanks... I have a few more pictures of little non-i'ble projects here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=689130267&aid=226196
BrittLiv Biggsy4 years ago
Hey, cool but I don't have a facebook account, maybe you can make a sideshow on Instructables.
Biggsy (author)  BrittLiv4 years ago
here you go chuck... there was too many for a slide show

Biggsy (author)  BrittLiv4 years ago
we'll see an let you know
This is going to come in handy as my 8 year old is planning a whole pirate b-day party with a treasure hunt around the neighborhood.
Biggsy (author)  cdawisconsin4 years ago
Ooh, you will have to let me know how you get on, it's quite simple to make, I just don't think I explained myself enough... let me see a picture if you have a go