Introduction: Minecraft Cardboard Chest

This is my first instructable, so feedback is appreciated. I bought these items for about $18 at Staples and Michaels.

Step 1: Materials

The first step is to get materials. You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Acrylic Paints (black, white, a wood color like Honey Brown or Raw Sienna)
  • X-acto Knife or other craft knife
  • Marking tool, such as a pencil or pen
  • Paint brushes (I used foam brushes here)
  • Ruler for straight cuts and measurements
  • Hot glue sticks and hot glue gun (not pictured)
  • Painter's tape (not pictured)

I got the paints and brushes from my local Michaels store. I bought the cardboard from Staples. I already had the other items on this list.

Step 2: Cutting

Cut out 6 14 inch by 14 inch squares. Mark a 1-inch border around them, this will be for the black paint later. Next, mark down 4 inches and make a 1-inch line. Or you can make a grid with 1-inch squares, being 4 squares by 14 squares, but this is much harder. Make sure you only cut out 4 of the pieces with the grids, as the others are the top and bottom pieces to the box.

Step 3: Cutting Cont.

You'll have 4 of the 4x14 strips and 4 of the excess large rectangles. At this step you also want to make another 1-inch border where there is no line on the big rectangles. I didn't do this, so I had to paint on another black line on the box later. Then, make the knob. I cut out (2) 2 inch by 4 inch rectangles, (2) 1 inch by 4 inch strips, and (2) 1 inch by 2 inch short rectangles. I just used an image reference to scale this (1 pixel = 1 inch).

Step 4: Painting

This is where the lines come in. You'll want to mark the painters tape on the 1-inch borders and paint the inside a wood color. When that is dry, put the painter's tape on the inside of the lines and paint the 1-inch borders black. Paint the other side black as well. You'll want to paint the knob parts silver, and paint both sides incase you mess up in the assembly step.

Step 5: Assembly

Finally, hot glue all the sides together. Glue the bottom to the 10x14 rectangles, and glue the top to the shorter 4x14 rectangles. Glue the sides of the knob together using a reference picture. I also used a book to make sure the edges are straight. At this point, I ran out of hot glue, so I temporarily taped on the knob. Lastly, I attached the top part using the painter's tape on both sides, and then hot glued a platform on the back so that it would not go all the way back and fall off. As an added bonus, it also makes sure it opens at a 90 degree angle, just like in the game. This is my first instructables, so it's kinda bad and the box ended up lopsided. But I'm sure if you follow my instructions (and buy a lot of paint, as I ran out and had to mix colors) then your box will end up even better! Feedback is appreciated :)

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MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-08-16

That turned pretty neat. Thanks for sharing, hope you get some hot glue!

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