Treasure Chest Paper Maché Boxed Set

Adults can have fun painting and embellishing this paper mache treasure box set. These paper mache treasure boxes make a very cool keepsake gift.

Crafted for Michaels by Marie Vetrano courtesy of Darice®.


  • Paper Maché Box Set – Treasure Chest
  • Acrylic Paint – Light Blue, Light Gray, Lime Green or Choice of Colours
  • Brads, 15mm – Gold
  • Wood Shapes, Small – Pirate
  • Tim Holtz® Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock® – Kraft
  • Ink Pad – Black
  • Pigment Ink Pad – Brown
  • Paintbrushes
  • X-ACTO® Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (or Glue Dots®)
  • Rag (or Paper Towel)
  • Technical Pen (or Extra-fine Point Marker)
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Step 1
Paint the boxes with light blue and apply light gray paint while still wet. Let paint dry.

Step 2
Dry brush green paint over the boxes.

Step 3
Ink edges and trim of the boxes with a brown ink pad. Have a rag or paper towel handy to lighten some of the areas. Ink the outside edges of the box with a black ink pad.

Step 4
Cut small slits along the top trim and front of the box about every 1.3 cm (½") with an X-ACTO® knife. Push brads through the slits. Open box to reach in and separate brad stems to hold brads in place.

Step 5
Lightly sand the wood cutouts to distress and age them. Ink some of the edges with a brown ink pad.

Step 6
Cut three strips of kraft core paper to make a name label to fit on the front of the boxes. Write name with a technical pen or marker. Ink edges with a brown ink pad.

Step 7
Arrange wood cutout and label onto box and then glue in place.