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How to Make a "Legend of Zelda" Treasure Chest

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Treasure chest inspired by "The Legend of Zelda"

Treasure chest inspired by "The Legend of Zelda"

Are You a Fan of "The Legend of Zelda"?

Or do you know someone who is a fan and enjoys receiving gifts related to The Legend of Zelda? Here's how to make the treasure chest inspired by the game. The way I painted the box looks like the chest came right out of the game! I picked up a box from the dollar store, but the box you use can be anything you have lying around. Try choosing a similar shape!



What You'll Need

  • Box
  • Acrylic paint (brown, yellow, white, black)
  • Glossy topcoat finish
  • 1" flat-edged paintbrush/sponge brush
  • Small fine-tip paintbrush
  • Masking tape/painter's tape
  • Plastic bag/anything to protect the work surface
  • Cup of water
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)

I found the pattern of a treasure chest to use as my painting template.

Mask the box

Mask the box

1. Paint and Tape the Box

Start by painting the entire box dark brown on all the surfaces as well as inside the box. A sponge brush might be better for this project as you want to prevent laying on thick coats of paint. Thinner layers help the box movement stay smooth. Depending on the box material, you could sand the surface or add a primer to help the paint stick better. I used a wooden box, so it didn't need anything like that. Let the paint dry before moving on to the next step.

Next, mask the box with masking tape to make straight edges for the golden trim bands around the front, back, and top of the box. If your box has grooves in it as mine does, be sure to press the tape inside them. Your paint may bleed in places you don't want it to go if you don't do this.

Box after the first masking

Box after the first masking

Cross masking

Cross masking

2. Paint the Details

Be sure to paint thoroughly and try to keep the paint in thin coats. You might have to paint a couple of coats of yellow to pop over the brown color. Be gentle when removing the tape because removing it roughly could rip off the brown base coat. I found it better to remove the masking tape while the new coat of paint is still wet.

3. Add Black Trim

After painting the gold bands, paint all of the black trim. I taped the edges of the trim and painted the area black. You could use a ruler to measure the thickness and space between the bands to divide them evenly.

Even more masking!

Even more masking!

4. Paint the Details

The top black and white square pixels were more difficult to mask. I started with the horizontal lines and then added the vertical lines on top. Here's how you can do the next steps:

  • Paint the black dots first.
  • Remove the piece of masking tape that covers the top part of the pixels.
  • Once dry, put another piece of masking tape over the black pixels to make a straight edge for the white pixels, and then paint the white area above the black.
  • Fill in any missing spots and finishing touches with the fine-tip brush before applying the protective top coat.
Cover with sealant

Cover with sealant

You're Done!

Once everything is good and dry, paint on a top coat of glossy sealant. This is best done with a paintbrush. Let it dry as directed, and add another coat if desired. To expedite the drying process, you can place the box over a heating vent. Just make sure to be cautious, especially if the glossy sealant is flammable.

And there you have it! You are now the proud owner of a piece of Zelda nostalgia. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Box interior

Box interior


Candle Hour (author) from North America on January 07, 2014:

hehe :) hope it works well for you!

Tia:) on October 23, 2013:

I found the exact same box, paint, and masking tape (I didn't notice the Walmart bag but im using the same bag too!) now I'm trying this! Did you use high gloss topcoat?

Candle Hour (author) from North America on February 22, 2013:

Lipnancy - thanks, did our best :)

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on January 18, 2013:

Wow what an amazing project. It looks wonderful.

Candle Hour (author) from North America on January 03, 2013:

teaches12345 - thanks for commenting :) we did our best, this one was for a gift too :)

Dianna Mendez on January 03, 2013:

Very nice box and your instructions are easy to follow. We did this for my in-laws once and they still have the box today.