We made Treasure Boxes at an after school art class that I taught this month. The students were in grades K-6 (about 12 kids).
I picked up cigar boxes from a local shop and the kids were able to decorate them with the plethora of supplies I had.
We used wall paper scraps, wrapping paper, magazines, stickers, scrapbook papers....
Each kid could decorate the box however they wanted.
I showed them pictures of Joseph Cornell's mysterious shadow boxes.
Acrylic paint was added in places...
The class was two hour-long sessions. On the second day, the students opened their box to find TREASURES!: chocolate gold coins, little shiny gems, metallic stars and a tootsie pop.
On the second day, out came the hot glue gun and my box of random trinkets. I helped students to glue on little trinkets from my box of random "stuff".
Every art teacher needs a box for collecting random toys, game pieces, charms, plastic or beads that are donated or found.
My box of "stuff" is overflowing, so several of the kids spent much of the time hunting for treasures to collect in their box. I had to remind them that we also wanted to finish decorating our boxes!
This box was painted black, covered in black tape and patterned paper and then a plastic crown was hot glued on to the center.
Ribbon and trims were available on the second day also.
Mod-podge was painted on top of some of the boxes.
What would you keep in YOUR secret treasure box?