Shannon Walbran wrote these DIY Kids columns but now works full time as a Spirit Guide interpreter, on the radio and TV, bringing people angelic messages.

Today’s craft is a Treasure Box so your child can store the stones and feathers you find together on your walks, or perhaps special notes from you.

Use up your stash of 5c coins to give this box a special copper gleam!

What You’ll Need:

  • A wooden cigar box or a cardboard tea box.  (Cigar boxes can be obtained for about R5 from good tobacconists at malls — just ask!)
  • White acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • A pile of 5c coins (we used 42 to cover our box which measured 20 x 14 cm)
  • No More Nails adhesive (to be supervised by a grown-up)

Time: 30 minutes to paint, overnight drying time, 30 minutes to glue on coins


Step 1

Paint the box white.  Let it dry overnight.

Step 2

Gather your stash of small change.  You can use a variety of South African coins or add any foreign coins from your collection.  Here we used all 5c South African coins.

Step 3

Using No More Nails, glue the coins across the top of the box.  You can use just a small dab of glue on each coin.  If they don’t make it all the way to the end evenly, stagger the lines.


Step 4

Once you’ve covered the top with coins, you can leave the box as we have, a Treasure Box,

or you can continue with the following variations:

  • paint the sides
  • cover the sides with coins
  • cover the insides with colored paper
  • cut a small slot in the top to use the Treasure Box as a bank

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