Let me show you how to make a DIY treasure chest toy box with this easy tutorial.
It’s time for another month of the Silhouette Creators Challenge! And this month it’s all about the boys. Since I just posted this awesome wood & leather nightstand cubby that I made for my husband as an anniversary present (Happy 13 years hun), I thought I would take this time to share something for the little boys.
Okay, it’s so cool that big boys love it too! I made this DIY treasure chest toy box to try to contain all the outdoor toys.
Technically I made this treasure chest 5 years ago this month. I made it for my son’s 3rd birthday party. He was obsessed with the show Jake and the Neverland Pirates so we planned a big pirate party.
Well, no pirate party is complete without a treasure chest filled with pirate booty. Obviously I thought it would be a good idea to DIY one. And I was right!
Building a pirate treasure chest for a kid’3 3rd birthday party is a little crazy, even for me, but I built it with the intention of it becoming our outdoor toy box. After having a toddler, I realized just how many toys you can accumulate, even for the outdoors.
There are buckets and water guns and balls and more. Our backyard was always littered with toys so this DIY treasure chest toy box was the perfect solution.
After the kids at the party devoured all the pirate booty, we brought the treasure chest home and put it in the backyard. We filled it up and now it is a toy box (that doubles as pirate treasure when imaginative play calls for it).
So for all those people that thought I was crazy for building it for my son’s party, I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
How to Make a DIY Treasure Chest Toy Box
- 3- 1×8 boards
- 3- 1×4 boards
- 1- 1×2 board
- 14″ x 26 1/2″ piece of 1/2 plywood
- I used a piano hinge. I was initially worried about the lid closing hard on little fingers, but we have not had any issues (and we have been using our DIY treasure chest toy box for 5 years now).
- 1 1/4″ wood screws
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- Finish nailer with 1 1/4″ nails
- Silhouette Cameo
- Vinyl and transfer paper
- Black spray paint
- Outdoor spar urethane
- 2 Storage chest handles
Cut 2- 14″ pieces of 1×2 and 2-14″ pieces of 1×8. Secure the 1×8 boards to the 1×2 boards like the picture below using wood glue & wood screws (through the 1x2s into the 1x8s). Line the top of one of the 1×8 boards with the tops of the 1x2s. Then secure the other 1×8 board below it, leaving a 1/2″ gap on the bottom. Repeat for the other side.
Cut 4 28″ pieces of 1×8 and secure to the side pieces with wood glue and finishing nails. Line the top 1x8s up so they are flush with the top of the sides.
Attach the plywood to the bottom of the box. Use wood glue around the perimeter of the plywood. Secure with wood screws through the bottom into the 1x2s and finishing nails through the bottom of the box into the plywood.
Print out the template below and trace it onto the 1×8 board, then flip it trace it again. The bottom should be 14″ wide. Cut it out with a jig saw.
Cut 8- 28″ pieces of 1×4. Rip them down so they are 3″ wide on the top side with an 11 1/8 degree angle on both long ends.
Secure the 1×4 boards to the sides using wood glue and finishing nails. Line the boards up so they are flush on the outside edges to sides.
Attach the lid to the bottom of the treasure chest with your hinge(s). I used a 28″ piano hinge.
Now it’s time to make it a true pirate chest. Pull out your Silhouette and design your words and skull & crossbones (there are a lot of them in the Silhouette Design Store). Make them as big as you want. Then cut them out with your vinyl.
Apply the vinyl to the treasure chest with the transfer tape. Cover any uncovered parts of the treasure chest with newspaper. Use the spray paint to fill in the design. The spray paint will hold up well to the weather and leaves a clean line on the vinyl stencil.
Cover the entire treasure chest, insides and out, with an outdoor spar urethane sealer. This will protect if from the elements so it can stay outside all year and protect all those toys! Add handles to the sides and you are ready to go.
Now you can fill up your DIY treasure chest toy box with all your booty. Then sit back and relax knowing the backyard will (hopefully) not be so messy.
Then while you are relaxing, you can find your next manly project. I can’t wait for next month’s Silhouette Creator’s Challenge.