DIY Pirate’s Treasure Chest Using a Shoe Box

DIY pirate's treasure chest
We’re celebrating Gasparilla season with some fun crafts at home like this DIY pirate’s treasure chest. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a large community event that is held every year in Tampa, Florida. There’s a children’s parade and one for adults. It’s cool to see everyone dressed and having fun as a family. I wanted to create a cool and easy DIY pirate’s treasure chest for dramatic play with my boys to celebrate Gasparilla season. This will work for any pirate themed event or Halloween. This project was inspired by the treasure chest from Free Kid’s Crafts. I used materials that I already had at home and added some beads we received from previous Gasparilla events. Here’s everything you need for this easy DIY pirate’s treasure chest using a shoe box.  Don’t forget to use a coupon if you’re getting materials for this fun project for the kids.
DIY pirate's treasure chest


  • Shoe Box with Attached Lid
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Gold ribbon
  • Gold paint
  • Skull Printable
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White paper


  1. Start by finding an old shoe box around the house. Make sure it has a flap not just a top.
  2. Paint and cover all surfaces of your shoe box using a paintbrush and black acrylic paint.
  3. Next, allow some time for the paint to dry.
  4. Cut strips of the gold ribbon and glue it to the shoe box. See picture below as an example.
  5. Add dots of gold paint next to the ribbon to give it a treasure chest appearance.
  6. Find a skull and crossbones template online then print out. Cut then glue it to the top of the shoe box.

DIY pirate's treasure chest using shoe box

shoe box painted black
DIY pirate's treasure chest using shoe box

DIY pirate's treasure chest using a shoe box

Now that this project is complete, add some beads, skeletons and coins to complete this fun project to celebrate Gasparilla, Halloween or a birthday party.  Dress up as pirates and have a good time.
DIY pirate's treasure chest

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