Making Fun Things

Magic Beef Box


You know when you’re trying to hide beef jerky in a treasure chest, but the lock just isn’t musical enough? And when your old-timey pirate chest is somehow lacking in Zelda references? This practical project was built to address those concerns and more.

The Magic Beef Box is a musical secret treasure chest, sponsored by Jack Links Jerky. It was built by myself and Casey Hippauf. To open it, you have to play the right sequence of notes on the octopus. Get it right, and the box opens with fanfare on its own.

The project successfully held up over a three-day weekend through throngs of excited children and adults.