Treasure Chest Beaded Box Pattern


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I’m publishing my treasure chest beaded box pattern on St Piran’s Day (5th March). For those of you who don’t know, St Piran is the patron saint of tin-miners, also the patron saint of Cornwall. Now, the Cornish (my heritage) are very proud of their roots. Even though they are just an English county, they have a strong identity, even their own language.

If you’re wondering why I’m using a treasure chest to celebrate St Piran, this is a nod to the pirate history of the county. Think pirates in all their romantic sense of swashbuckling adventure!

And, if you want to find out more about Saints’ days, take a look at this blog I wrote last year>>


I made my treasure chest beaded box with size 10 Delicas. You will need some in gold and some in brown.

Then, I used a combination of size 11 Delicas and a selection of shiny and metallic beads for the treasure. Think pearls, crystals, True2, firepolish… Basically, bring out your inner magpie!

The finished box is about 2″ x 1″ and has storage space that is 1″ deep.

You can make this with size 11 delicas, but consider that it will end up about two thirds smaller. So, is this big enough for your storage needs?

If you decide to stick with the size 10, as I recommend, you can find the beads you need right here>>

Experience and Techniques

The treasure chest beaded box is suitable for intermediate beaders and beyond. You should be comfortable with the following techniques:

  • Circular and tubular peyote
  • Peyote increasing and decreasing within a row
  • Odd count Peyote
  • Zipping up
  • Stitch in the ditch

If you need more help or information about any of these, take a look at this blog>>

About the treasure chest beaded box

There isn’t much to tell you about this pattern. I simply wanted to make a treasure chest that would also act as a beaded box. So, the lid of the chest opens and closes as you would expect. But it is actually the treasure inside that lifts out to reveal the storage space of the box.

This is a fun pattern that will allow you to get a little creative and get in touch with your Pirate self!

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