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How To Make A Legends Of Zelda Treasure Chest

Updated on December 27, 2015
Treasure Chest (Legends of Zelda)
Treasure Chest (Legends of Zelda) | Source

Are you a fan of Legends of Zelda? Or maybe do you know someone who is and are looking for a unique gift for that person? This tutorial shows you how to make the treasure chest box you find in the game. Mostly, this is just how to do the paint job for it. I chose a treasure chest-looking box I picked up from the dollar store, but the box can be anything.

You'll need:

  • a box of some kind
  • acrylic paint (brown, yellow, white and black)
  • a glossy topcoat finish
  • a flat paint brush with a paint surface of about an inch or a sponge brush
  • a small fine tip paint brush for finishing touches
  • masking tape or painter's tape
  • a plastic bag or anything that will protect your working surface from paint
  • a cup of water for your brushes
  • a ruler (optional)
  • sandpaper (optional)

I found this pattern of a treasure chest on the web and used that as my template for how this is to be painted.

Treasure Chest Supplies
Treasure Chest Supplies | Source
Treasure Box Masked
Treasure Box Masked | Source
Treasure Box After First Masking
Treasure Box After First Masking | Source

First, start off with painting the box a dark brown color on all surfaces and the inside of the box . A sponge brush might be better for this project as you want to not have thick coats of paint to help with ease of movement for the box. Depending on the finish of your box, you could sand the surface of all sides of the box or add a primer to it to help the paint stick better. I used a wooden box so it didn't need anything like that. Let the paint dry before 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 like mine does, be sure to press the tape inside of those grooves with your thumbnail or use a pen or something small to press it in there. Your paint may bleed into places you don't want it to go if you don't.

Cross Masking
Cross Masking | Source
More Cross Masking
More Cross Masking | Source

Be sure to paint thoroughly and try to keep the paint in thin coats. Too thick of a coat will cause problems later when it comes to the hinges and latch (if applicable) and even where the top of the box meets the bottom part. You might have to paint a couple of coats of yellow to show over the brown. Be gentle when removing the masking tape as it could rip off the base coat of brown paint. I found it better to remove the masking tape while the new coat of paint is wet.

After painting the gold bands, I did all of the black trim. I masked the edges of the trim and painted black. You could use a ruler to measure out the thickness and space between the bands to divide them.

Detail Masking on Chest
Detail Masking on Chest | Source
Even More Masking
Even More Masking | Source

The top black and white square pixels were different to mask. I started with the horizontal lines, then adding the vertical lines on top. I painted the black dots first, then remove the piece of masking tape that covers the top part of the pixels. Once dry, I put another piece of masking tape over the black pixels to make a straight edge for the white, and paint the white above the black. Fill in any missing spots and finishing touches with the fine tip brush before applying the protective top coat.

Box Covered With Sealant
Box Covered With Sealant | Source

Once everything is good and dry, paint on a top coat of a glossy sealant. This is best done with a paint brush. Let dry as directed, and add another coat if desired. To help expedite the drying process, you can place the box over a heating vent. Take caution 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!

Treasure Chest Opened
Treasure Chest Opened | Source


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      Candle Hour 3 years ago from North America

      hehe :) hope it works well for you!

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      Tia:) 4 years ago

      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?

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Lipnancy - thanks, did our best :)

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Wow what an amazing project. It looks wonderful.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.