In this instructable I will show you how to make a simple Minecraft 'chest' as seen in the popular video game Minecraft out of paper and cardboard.
Gather the materials
You will need:
Cardboard (just a little bit will do)
Thinner cardboard (like the kind found in cereal boxes).
A printer filled with paper
Hot glue gun
Pencil or pen
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Step 1: Printing the Sides and Cutting Them Out
For this you will need the computer and the printer. Go to http://minecraftpapercraft.com/papercraft/4f1bba3bcb1c433c040000a2/giant-chest
and print the template listed there. Then cut each shape out along the lined so your chest will look nice later. Ignore the folding tabs. The three long skinny strips and one of the large unsplit panels will go into making the lid as well as the latch piece; separate them once they are cut out. The 3 slightly larger panels and another large unsplit piece make up the lower half. Cut the lone large panel along the middle of the split and place the smaller half with the lid stack and the larger piece with the body stack.
Step 2: Making the Cardboard Pieces
Place each paper cutout on the cardboard and trace around them slowly as not to mess up and ruin the entire chest. If there is ONE stray line, the cardboard will not glue together correctly and the entire chest will be lopsided and you will ultimately FAIL. FOREVER. So trace carefully please. Once all of the pieces are traced cut them out one by one and sort them into the original piles of body and lid.
Step 3: Gluing It All Together
Take one of the piles of cardboard and glue them together. You will want to glue the sides of the chest/lid along the sides of the top/bottom large pieces like the picture below. Large gaps will be created but we will address that later. Re enforce the sides with glue for extra strength for now. Once you have glued together the top and the bottom you will be ready to move along to the next step.
Step 4: Tattoo the Cardboard
Take the paper cutouts and hot glue them onto the corresponding sides. If any paper pokes out you can cut it off. The large pieces go on the large faces of the chest and blah blah blah. Do not worry about how to attach the top and bottom with a hinge now.
Step 5: Calling in the Reinforcements
The chest will fall apart without reinforcements. Cut tabs of leftover cardboard and bend them and hot glue them inside of the lid and body of the chest. This will not take long and will be worth it in the end.
Step 6: Attaching the Hinges
Cut long thick strips of cardboard from a cereal or tissue box. Make sure that the top and bottom are aligned before gluing the tabs on. As a last step cut some tiny pieces of the thick cardboard and stack them glued together before gluing them to the center of the edge with the hinges on it. This prevents the lid from flipping back fully and ripping off.
Step 7: You Are Done!
Step 8: The Uses
This chest, however tiny, can be used in a number of ways. Stash your crud such as watches, cellphones, and wallets in it and keep it by your bedside. Keep small electronic parts inside of it such as resistors and leds and stash it by a workbench. Or keep dimond blocks away from creepers (just kidding)
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