Pirates are known for walking the plank, battles on the high seas and most importantly, buried treasure. If you’d like your own, follow this guide on How to Draw a Treasure Chest. Doubloons are not included.
How To Draw A Treasure Chest Step By Step Guide
Step 1 – Front
Draw two parallel lines on a slight right-angle, about two inches apart. Connect the lines at both ends.
Did you know? Most pirate treasures were not gold, but fabric, cocoa or food!
Step 2 – Inside
Draw an angled line from the top-right corner of the rectangle and the top-left corner, then connect them.
Step 3 – Chest Base
From the bottom right-hand corner of your lower rectangle, draw a line that stops directly beneath the top right-hand corner of your upper rectangle. Then connect both.
Step 4 – Lid
From the top-right corner of the upper rectangle, draw a large D. On the top-left corner, draw a line of the same length and angle, and connect them.
Step 5 – Lid details
Inside the large D, draw two lines. Create a semi-circle inside the curve of the D then add two short dashes. In the top-left corner of the lid, draw a small line at a slight right-angle, connect the end to the straight line of the D. Connect the other end to the bottom of the lid.
Step 6 – Hook
Draw a bubble-letter C on the side of the chest. Add another bubble-letter C sideways through the hook.
Step 7 – Padlock
Underneath the hook, draw a sideways D with the curve downwards. Within the D, draw a J that connects to halfway across the curve. Inside this section, draw a keyhole, then shade it in.
Did you know? Pirates rarely buried treasure. Instead, they would share it amongst themselves.
Step 8 – Chest details
Make a dot inside the bottom-left corner of the inside of the chest. Connect this to the bottom-right corner and inside the top-right corner. Draw straight lines across the sides of the chest. Add thick dots in each corner for nails.
Step 9 – Pearls
Draw small circles in the shape of a necklace, so that they are overhanging the right side of the chest. Draw a smaller version beside it. Draw lines of equal spacing across the sides of the chest.
Step 10 – Booty
Draw small ovals and circles for the coins, with small, curved lines for texture. For the jewels, a triangle on top of a square. Draw two lines from the top point of the triangle, to the bottom line and do the same for the square.
Step 11 – Colouring in
You can use shading to create depth and texture. Get creative by adding markings on your coins or reflecting light on the jewels.
Well done! You’ve Etched a Treasure Chest!
Make your chest unique. You could paint it black and draw a skull and crossbones on the side, add jewels and peg-legs, or even perch a parrot on top!
If you enjoyed this how-to draw a treasure chest guide, you might like to try a pirates colouring page.