DIY Cardboard Chest part 5 – Lining the box

This wild trip is almost over, with one more project to go: lining the box. I’ve neglected the inside for pretty much this whole project, but it’s time to tie up the biggest loose end and give this chest a wonderful finish to boot. So last but not least, it’s time to add some lining. This method is extremely simple, and doesn’t require any sewing at all! It still makes for a lovely finish along the inside of the box. Anything I put in here certainly won’t be damaged by the rough cardboard exterior.

This wraps up the last of my handmade chest series. If you’ve stuck to the end, congrats! If you were satisfied with your box earlier, congrats too! I’m certain all your treasure chests look gorgeous, no matter where you decided to finish.

Want to make your own chest? Then have a gander through my tag right here for all the tutorials in this treasure chest making series. I’d love to see what y’all have made with this series, so feel free to link me your pics in the comments below! Have fun making your own treasure chest!

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Lining a box

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: ♥♥♡♡♡

Give a simple box a nice finish by lining it with fabric


  • Cardboard
  • Fabric
  • (Optional) Embroidery thread


  • Scissors
  • Glue


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  1. Measure the sides of your box. You should have three measurements: front & back, each side, and the bottom. Cut out 5 pieces of cardboard to your measurements.
  2. Next, Trim the edges of your cardboard by half a centimetre. They must fit snuggly inside the box without showing any of the outer cardboard.
  3. Take one of your pieces of card, lay it flat on the fabric, and draw around it, leaving a 3cm gap all around. Cut the fabric out.
  4. Next, set your cardboard down in the centre of your fabric. Apply glue along one side of the cardboard, and fold the fabric over. Hold it down until the fabric sticks to the surface. Repeat with the other three sides.
  5. Repeat steps 4-6 with the rest of your cardboard pieces, and let the glue dry on all of them.
  6. (Optional) Braid embroidery thread until you have a 30cm long braid. Tie each of the ends to seal the braid. Repeat for a second braid.
  7. (Optional) Glue one end of each braid to the front corners of your box.
  8. After that, lay the bottom in the box, gluing down if you wish. Place the sides into the box, and glue them in place. Let the glue dry fully.


If you're having trouble with measuring your box, then using paper templates can help you find a good fit for your box without cutting cardboard or fabric. This is especially useful if your box has a curved lid, like the treasure box!

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