This design came from an original shirt design I made years ago. ( Can be found under 2D Design Work ) I wanted to incorporate it into something, I just didn't know what. Once I finished modeling it though I knew it would work amazingly with a treasure chest.
Making a treasure chest also gave me an excuse to make gold coins, lots of them, and learn some more about passive and active rigid bodies. ( I may try to work them into more of my scenes from now on )
The design also went through a few colour palettes before I got to the standard brown. Just before publishing I was going to make it purple, but it felt too video game-esque, and that wasn't the direction I wanted to go. So I scrapped the idea for a more iconic brown colour