It's time for a Pirates treasure chest and the booty to go with it!
Hello there, it's Meri from ImagiMeri's Creations. I found a wooden box laying around the studio and I thought it would make a great little treasure chest for my grandsons. Since there are three grandsons under the age of 3, I have to make the treasure (booty) large enough that they can't swallow it and I also thought we could make a fun game of finding the treasure around the house. You can make this with any cardboard box, too. Here's the directions and supplies:
These are the different finishes I used for the treasure box
and the coins themselves.
|Gloss brown paint, gloss black paint, two-part Folk Art rust|
paint, Decoart fluid media's, Inka gold paste, and Elegant
Finish bronze paint.
These are the supplies used to create ornaments for the treasure box and also to create the coins.
|Creative PaperClay, wooden box, corn starch, brush to apply|
corn starch to mold, rolling pin for clay, knife, sandpaper,
tacky glue, water and clay mold (Prima).
|First I had to sand down the wooden box as it had a shiny|
|I then proceeded to set up my Prima air dry clay mold.|
|Using a paintbrush, I dabbed cornstarch into the mold. This|
will help make the release of the clay easier.
|I gently tapped out the excess cornstarch.|
|Using a ball of clay I then flattened it out into a pancake and|
then placed it over the part of the mold I wished to use.
|Using my knife I then proceeded to smash the clay into|
the mold while at the same time scraping away the
excess. I did this carefully so as not to shred the clay
already in the mold.
|Here they are, not completely dry, but sturdy enough for me|
to work with.
|When you can handle them without fear of breaking them, you|
can then start cleaning off the "fringes" around the edges.
I use an Xacto knife for this.
|I have measured and found the center of my box top. Using|
the Tacky glue I then glue three decor pieces down and let
|I didn't show this in the supplies, but I found some gold|
Dresden in a Greek key design and thought I'd add it around
the edges. You can definitely add whatever you feel like
to your creation.
|This is after one coat of gesso.|
|Second coat of gesso.|
|While the box was drying I rolled out some clay, used a round|
cookie cutter and cut out some large 3" rounds. I then pressed
them into one of the designs in my mold to make them look
like "Royal" coins.
|After much painting and layering of finishes, I'm done with|
the Pirates treasure box.
|Golden coins, too!|
I hope you enjoyed this project. Please leave a comment and let me know if you give this a try.