How to Make Miniature Treasure Boxes With Hinged Lids


Girls of any age find miniature treasure boxes enchanting and irresistible. Making your own treasure box allows you to customize it to your daughter's tastes using her favorite colors and interests. You can easily create a woodland fairy treasure box with balsa wood. She can use it to store rings and other trinkets. You can make this box as simple or as elaborate as you wish with a few adjustments.

Step 1

Use your ruler, pencil and X-Acto knife to make your treasure box base out of the small piece of balsa wood. Cut the front and back to measure 1.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches long. Cut two sides measuring 1.5 inch tall by 2 inches long.

Step 2

Measure and cut a piece 2.5 inches square to make the bottom.

Step 3

Assemble the treasure box base. Stand the wooden front and back vertically on the bottom. Slip in the sides temporarily to make sure of the fit and then set them aside.

Step 4

Attach the front and back with wood glue. Place the sides between them after they dry and glue them in place. Set the base unit aside to dry. Allow two hours for drying time.

Step 5

Make the treasure box lid with the 1/2 inch thick piece of balsa wood. Cut the lid to measure 2.5 inches square.

Step 6

Use the paintbrush to paint the base and lid pale green. Set the box aside for two hours to dry.

Step 7

Join the two halves of the treasure box by using glue or screws to attach one side of the hinge to the back of the lid. Attach the hinge's other side to the back of the base and adjust it so the box opens easily. Attach the clasp to the front of the box using the same steps.

Step 8

Place one fairy sticker on each side of the box and one on top.

Step 9

Apply a coat of sealer (such as Mod Podge) to the entire box and set it aside to dry. The coating will give the box a finished look and secure the stickers.

Things You'll Need

  • Small piece balsa wood, 1/2 inch thick
  • Larger piece balsa wood, 1/4 inch thick
  • X-Acto knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wood glue
  • Miniature brass hinge and clasp, either glue or screw type
  • Pale green acrylic paint
  • Small fairy stickers
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge or other sealer


  • Directions for a treasure box.
Keywords: treasure box, miniature projects, woodworking crafts

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Author of two genealogy books published by Ancestry, Karen Frisch has been a professional writer and artist for 20 years. For 17 years she served as host of Rhode Island's award-winning cable TV interview show "Pet Talk."

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