Every kid has little treasures right? It might be a special marble or stone, a favourite toy car or a little pocket pal. Well we’ve got a super craft to make a cheerful treasure box with its own secret hidden compartment. Wowzers!
You’ll love how this treasure box helps motivate the kids to tidy up their nik-naks and the kids will love being able to keep their treasures super safe! Win, win, all round.
Supplies To Make A Secret Compartment Treasure Box
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- Cardboard box with lid ( a shoebox is ideal)
- Extra cardboard for cutting
- UHU Glue US / UK
- Acrylic Paint US / UK
- Optional- Baker Ross Star Stickers US / UK
How To Make A Hidden Compartment Secret Treasure Box
Start by cutting out a piece of sturdy cardboard just the right size to fit into your shoebox. This is going to be the fake floor of your treasure box so you’ll need to snip out a couple of small semi circles from each end to act as finger holes so you’ll be able to lift it out of the box later.
Cut out four strips of cardboard to fit across the inside length and width or all four sides of your box. These will be what the false floor stands on so you’ll need to make sure they are all the same depth. How thick you make them is up to you. The thicker they are then the bigger the secret part of the box is.
Glue the cardboard strips firmly into place. I love UHU glue for projects like this because it’s string and super quick to dry.
Now comes the fun part of decorating your treasure box. We painted both the inside and outside of our box and of course, don’t forget the lid too. Acrylic paint is great for craft projects like this because it’s quite hard wearing.
Once the paint is dry you can add further embellishments if you like, maybe sequins or glitter or your favourite stickers. We used lovely colourful star stickers from Baker Ross.
Now you’re ready to stash away all your gorgeous treasures in the secret compartment under the false floor. This treasure box is great for storage and is likely to inspire lots of imaginative play too…maybe Pirates, Spies or Secret Agents? What will your kids enjoy keeping in their treasure box?
(We were sent Star Stickers from Baker Ross free of charge.)