Make a Diaper Box Treasure Chest
Yar, matey! I see some sparkly treasure on our horizon!
When it comes to shiny things, kids are just like us and pretty much love anything that might fall out of a treasure box. Coins, jewels, yummy things.
You know there’s got to be some awesome things in those chests or the pirates wouldn’t be obsessing over them so much, amiright?
I think a life-size treasure chest would be super fun for our little first mates to play with! Let’s make a diaper box treasure chest!
And the best part of this design? We can recycle! Not in a save-the-Earth kind of way (though that’s certainly a bonus), but I bet there’s a ton of us buried in diaper boxes! I know I am!
Reusing diaper boxes is great, because they’re actually quite sturdy. I don’t know that I’ve ever thrown one away.
If you don’t have diaper boxes, you lucky dogs you, you can use any other medium-sized box. Or heck, if you want to throw your kids into your treasure chest, use a big box!
I will be using a pull-up box for mine. Yes, you can congratulate me. I now officially only have ONE in diapers! Thank you, thank you.
Prep Your Diaper Box
Our boxes may all be slightly different sizes, but that’s okay. Hopefully you didn’t go crazy Wolverine on your box when you opened it and you have one end open and one end sealed. If not, just tape one end back up.
We’ll concentrate on the open end. You should have one pair of flaps that are longer than the others. The short pair, and the long pair. Cut off both short ones and one long (keep them!). You should have one long flap still attached.
Take the long flap you cut off, put the long edges side by side with the one still attached, and tape those bad boys together. Now your box has a flat lid. Again.
We’re back to the beginning?? Kinda. Bear with me.
Make a Cardboard Lid
Time to build the top! Fun treasure boxes don’t have flat tops, do they? Cut out the circle arc from my pattern. Get your free pattern now!
My box has 10 inch sides. All diaper boxes are a bit different. Parts of your template can hang off the edge as needed so it’ll fit. Adjust all you need.
Trace it onto both of the small flaps you removed.
Cut those out.
These are the sides of your lid. Position them on the short edges of the lid you made. They’ll essentially be in the same spot you cut them from before, but this time attached to the lid, not the sides. Tape ’em up!
Now, you see how the lid will be curved? Like a speed bump, right up there on top of our box. Of course, our bump is all hollow and only has sides. Let’s finish it.
One sheet of paper is not going to reach from one side of your lid to the other. Even if your box is smaller than mine, I doubt one piece will make it work.
Time to Measure!
Take a piece of string–or whatever you have lying around…I used some ribbon–and run it around your arc piece, end to end. Cut the string so it’s the same length.
Then measure that string. Write down your number. This will be the length of the paper for our lid.
Now measure the long edge of your lid. This will be the width of the paper.
Next, overlay multiple pieces of paper (I use card stock for extra strength) to fit the dimensions that you need. Don’t worry about cutting the pages. All the overlapping will just give the collective sheet more strength. Tape tape tape!
When your paper is the correct size, match it up with the edges you’ve created with your arcs and tape it down. Because it’s a curve, it’ll be difficult to get the first few points down, but not too bad after that.
And viola! We have a curved top!
Cover Your Box!
The structure of our booty box, I mean treasure chest, is finished! Of course, it’s not very pretty yet. Let’s decorate!
Print out the wood plank pattern that came in your patterns email on white paper if you’d like to color it yourself (or put your kids to work!) or on colored paper. I used brown card stock. This stuff is thick with a nice color. Then cut off the excess paper.
Check it out, Wonder Woman! You cut wooden boards!
Now just line them up and paste them on. The outside of those diaper boxes are pretty slick, so with a few trial and error attempts with different glues, I found that regular old Scotch tape worked best! Easy!
You can cover the box as precise or not as you want. I’m crazy particular so I had to make sure all my boards lined up perfectly and all that jazz, but you don’t have to. It’ll look good covered in the wooden planks either way.
How much cutting and positioning you have to do depends on your box size. I had to cut some small pieces to fill in gaps but it wasn’t too bad. I printed nine sheets for the box part.
Cover the Lid!
Use the circle arc template you used earlier and cut out a brown (or your color of choice) piece. This will cover our lid end pieces.
You can use the board pattern, but I couldn’t have boards going all which way on mine (perfectionist, remember), so I did solid brown for the sides so it wouldn’t clash with my boards on top. Paste those guys on.
Then, of course, boards on top! Pasting the paper onto the round top isn’t a walk in the park, but you can do it! Bend those boards! Moms are nothing if not flexible, right?
The boards don’t like bending all that much so use as much tape as you need.
Then we’ll have a finished treasure box, yar!
There are a couple optional tidbits I added to mine. So here’s some extra goodies you can add if you want:
Option 1: The Inside
My box’s inside was white with some cartoon characters. Did not fit my theme… if it had just been cardboard, no big deal. But the black and white was no good. So I covered it with black construction paper. Slap it on and go!
Option 2: Lid Stoppers
My lid is a tad short and does not sit nice and square when it’s closed. It sinks into the box in the front. So I took a piece of cardboard, folded it over, and taped it just inside the front corner on both sides. They stop the lid from falling in. Problem solved.
Yar. Once me treasure box was all completed, I added the booty. Gold, gold! Ain’t none of ye hearties that don’t like gold.
Add whatever treasure will make your munchkin happy and have a ball!
I would love to see pictures of your creations and treasure!