Make a pirate treasure chest out of an Amazon shipping box | Easy DIY upcycle

How to make a treasure chest from an Amazon shipping box.

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Turn any cardboard box into a pirate’s treasure chest. We made this treasure chest to use to bury treasure for our daughter’s pirate party. Watch the video then read more about the epic pirate treasure quest we created!

Supply List

 (order them from Amazon to get a free box ;)


Treasure Chest Supplies

Decoration Supplies

  • Brown paint (any type)
  • Aluminum foil tape
  • Texture/rust/other spray paint
  • Shells
  • Old cabinet handles
  • Other pirate decor (from thrift stores!)
treasure chest decoration spray paint and aluminum foil tape
Shells and rust make a cardboard treasure chest look more realistic

Here are some close-up photos of the details I showed at the end of the video. I didn’t really explain how I added paint and decorations to the cardboard chest because there are so many possibilities to decorate a pirate treasure chest however you want and with whatever supplies you happen to have on hand. I used brown paint from our deck refinish and aluminum foil tape from my furniture fix-up and wood sword project. The best part of the chest is a tacky pirate skull I found at a thrift store.

Pirate detail makes the treasure chest look realistic, found at a thrift store

I made this cardboard treasure chest to use at my teen daughter’s pirate party. I created clues and puzzles for the party guests to figure out where we buried the treasure. It was so much fun! Read the whole blog post that tells how I created the treasure map and hunt and all the other details about the party. here. (coming soon!)

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