Pirate Themed DIY Treasure Chests

It’s Pirate theme with the Poppins Book Nook!!  The boys and I have been looking forward to this theme all year.  Pirates are a regular part of the boys’ pretend play.  At least once a week they explore the house hunting for treasure.  Right now all three boys share a bedroom, so they do not have much individual space.  I’ve wanted to create a place for each boy to keep their special trinkets.  A few weeks ago Grandma and Grandpa brought the boys wooden treasure chests from the craft store.  They are perfect for my boys treasures, and perfect for a little DIY crafting!

DIY Treasure Chests - Pirate Theme Craft

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Bebop has a chest slightly larger than the little boys, but all three are very similar to this wooden treasure box on amazon.  I’ve seen these all over both Michaels and Hobby Lobby, so they should be very easy to find for your little pirates!

DIY Treasure Chests - Doodad painting

I gave the boys a little bit of washable tempera paint.  To prevent our crafts from becoming a big brown mess, I only give the boys two or three complimentary colors.  In this case I gave them blue, yellow, and green.  Doodad painted a little bit with each color, then mixed them all for a marbled green finish.

DIY Treasure Chests - Magoo painting

Magoo was a bit more particular and did his best to keep the colors separate.  He painted each section of his chest a different color.

DIY Treasure Chests - Mom helps paint

Doodad was working pretty slow, so I helped him paint.  Do you see the red and blue chest in the corner of the photo?  I had intended for all three boys to paint their treasure boxes, but Bebop had other plans.  One day during quite time he embellished his chest with colored pencils.  If you are looking for a non-messy craft, the colored pencils worked just as well as paint to give bold colors.

DIY Treasure Chests - Final Product

The final product!  Eventually I will seal the chests with acrylic spray (I really like the Modge Podge brand), but there has been talk of adding glitter and sticker to the chests first.  The boys all love their individual treasure chests.

Poppins Book Nook is supposed to feature a book with our theme each month.  This month we couldn’t pick just one!  A few months ago, I wrote a post for the Library Adventure blog with our top 10 favorite pirate books.  Most of these books are easily available at our local library, so there is usually at least one at home with us.

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  • http://www.glimpseofourlife.com Jennifer

    Those turned out cute. I’m surprised how vivid the colored pencils are on the wood, good to know.

  • Lori H

    The little treasure chests are super cute. I have never tried the spray Modge Podge. I may have to look for that the next time I need to buy some. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/ Jill

    That is the perfect little treasure chest! How cute. I love the bright colors!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!