A friend from my Williamsburg Brooklyn days emailed me and asked me to make this treasure chest pop-up for his wife. Although this is not something I would be attracted to do on my own, there was no way I was going to turn down this request from this very special person. In fact, his request came at a good time, as, rather than being in the middle of a project, what I am in the middle of is taming my workshop. I’ve been organizing my papers…
…and clearing my desk.
Having a little project that required absolutely no creativity from me was just the thing I needed right now. As it turns out this little treasure chest pop-up was an absolute delight to construct.
The paper engineering of this structure is quite wonderful. Actually really, really wonderful. The tutorial video for it is here and the printable templates can be found on this page.
I printed the template on card weight paper (about 67 lb),which worked great, and used mat board where it called for cardboard. Next time, though, I will use card weight (about 110 lb) for the cardboard. I think something got lost in translation: the board was really not the right thing to use.
This project requires the use of razor blades and precise folding and cutting.
Oh no. Now my desk is no longer clear…
…this is is how is begins….