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Kid’s Craft: Shoebox Treasure Chest or Keepsake box

I think most women would agree that you can never have too many shoes. Plus, kids seem to grow out of theirs in the blink of any eye — so if you’re anything like me, there may or may not be a shoebox or two around the house — most of the time.

Instead of filling up the recycle bin, why not get the kids to decorate those shoeboxes and fill them up with all those little things kids seem to collect? Shoeboxes can be used for storage and organization throughout your house. Instead of purchasing those fancy photo boxes, simply upcycle a shoebox into a display piece and save money — to buy more shoes, perhaps?

Let your kids decorate and personalize their own boxes. With a little help from you, they will have a special place to store small toys, stickers, hair accessories or whatever their little hearts desire. As an added bonus, they may even want to clean up after themselves, too. No? Well, at least you can get together, be creative and have fun in the meantime.


  • Empty shoebox
  • Scrapbook/Kraft/wrapping paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brushes
  • Stickers, markers, crayons, ribbon, tape etc. for decoration
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Scotch tape


  1. Wrap the outside of a shoebox overlapping edges approximately ½ inch. Trim at corners and folds, if needed to reduce any excess bulk on the inside. For a more authentic treasure chest, use wood-grained paper on a hinged box.
  2. Measure inside panels of the box.
  3. Cut paper to line the box ¼ inch shorter than top edge. Glue paper to the inside of the box. Let dry.
  4. Decorate outside as desired.

Fill box with your favorite stuff and enjoy.

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