Simple Explosion Box

It’s late and I am hoping that there are not too many typos in this tutorial ( I also hope it make sense) I have read through it a couple of times, but you know what they say about a fresh pair of eye (right now mine are not). So, anyway, I have finished my first explosion box. And….I am very happy with the way it turned out. And very excited to share the how-to as it is was really very easy!

I kept it simple as it was my first explosion box, and here is the tutorial for anyone who would like to try their hand at making their own. This is a super easy way to make a gift box for a SMALL gift as the box measures 4 x 4 when finished. Many people use these boxes as mini albums as well (just put pictures in the pockets on each flap. Ok, enough babbling, let’s get to the making.

Materials you need:

  • 2 pieces 12 x 12 card stock (box base and lid)
  • 2 pieces 12 x 12 patterned paper (contrast)
  • embellishments
  • glue/tape
  • paper cutter
  • score board

To make the box: start with the color you are using for the box (12 x 12) and score at 4 inches and 8 inches, turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 4 inches and 8 inches. See pictures below…

Cut the outside corners as shown in the picture below (this will be the beginning of the inside pocket, and is shown in the last two picture above). Fold these flaps over, your paper should look like the picture A, then use your ruler to mark a diagonal line Picture B and cut as shown, picture C.

Now you need to cut the contrasting paper at 3 7/8 x 3 7/8. You will need 4 pieces one for each flap *picture D* glue this piece onto the flap then add tape or glue to the button edge of the pocket and fold over (this will form your pocket) *picture E and F* , you also need 2 of the 3 7/8 squares cut on the diagonal (you will have 4 triangles, these pieces will be glued to the front of the pocket).

Take the four triangle pieces you have cut and glue one piece to the front of each pocket, then embellish with whatever fits the theme of your box. I used glitter paper for the pocket fronts (a little sparkle is always fun, and hearts for embellishments). Inside of box is done!

I have also added a piece of glitter paper to the center of the inside of the box for added sturdiness (your choice).

For the outside of the box you will need 4 more pieces of card stock 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in the contrasting color (mine was red, since this was for Valentine’s Day). These four pieces will be glued to the four flaps. Picture to left shows the placement of the papers for the outside of the box. The outside of the box is compete except for embellishments. Below you can see the completed out side of box.

The lid: you will need your other piece of 12 x 12 paper ( the color you used for the box base, I used red for mine). Cut this to 6 1/8 x 6 1/8, and score at 1 inch on all four sides. Picture A. You then need to cut the outside corners as shown Pictures B, then miter the flaps and C & D. Add glue/tape to the mitered flap. Picture E. Now form your box lid, by folding the flap and the side of the lid together Picture F.

From the contrasting paper that you have left cut a 5 x 5 inch square and glue this to the top of the box. You will also need to cut four strips of the contrasting paper at 5 x 7/8inch to be glued on the flaps/sides of the box. Picture to left shows contrasting paper and embellishments on the lid.

To put the box together you gather up three sides and put the lid over, then add the fourth side/flap. When the recipient takes the lid off the sides of the box will fall (the explosion) and they will see the contents inside (inside my box I will put gift cards and a brownie {this is my hubby’s Valentine’s surprise).

So there you have it, a super easy, fun project. Great for beginners! I will be making a video tutorial for this project and posting it on my Facebook page: PlayWithPaper and if I can figure out the whole IGTV thing I will also post there.

Happy Crafting, Stephanie

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