A couple of days before the party, pop to your local bakery or bakery counter in the supermarket and purchase a small loaf. I picked a wholemeal one as it was darker in colour and better suited than a white one.
After the loaf has had a couple of days to go a bit stale (don't keep it wrapped!) turn the loaf on its side and make a cut all the way through, just under the 'lid' of the loaf (where the top of the loaf tin would have been). Use your fingers to scoop out the bread from inside the crusty case leaving a wide enough edge to push in some cocktail sticks. Don't forget to keep the bread to one side for the ducks!
Push cocktail sticks into the rim of the bottom half. I placed three along the back edge (pushing them in about half way) and one 3/4 of the way along the short edge (pushing in around 1/3). I have shown whereabouts you should place them in the picture below.
Carefully align your lid with the cocktail sticks on the back edge in an 'open' position and push all the way down. The angled part should be just resting on the front cocktail sticks.
Now fill with your snack. Obviously we went for golden treasure (aka cheesy ball crisps).
I hope you have fun making your pirate party treasure chest and don't forget to tell me below if you gave it a go or post pictures on the Mrs Crafty B Facebook page.
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