I recently crafted this for my partner in the Jar of Whimsies swap and thought I'd share it here. My partner has a love of pirates so this seemed like a good fit!
What self respecting pirate wouldn't carry this around to brush up on his/her skills??
This is made from one of those paper mache book/box forms. I covered it in a leathery/suede-like fabric I had left over from making cowboy costumes. I think I actually picked up the fabric in the upholstery dept. I made a stencil of the title out of a alphabet sticker sheet and colored it in with a liquid pen.
The paper "edges" I made with gold puffy paint and then ran a comb through it. Once it dried I brushed a brown stain over it (sparingly) to give it an aged look.
And of course it opens up to reveal it's treasure! Complete with a mini-chest inside!! I lined the interior with a nice red fabric swatch I found to dress it up a bit.
Thanks for looking! Hopefully I've put this in the right category!