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How to Make an Exploding Box
Exploding boxes are nowhere near as dangerous as they sound! The term is used to describe boxes that have been cunningly created so that the sides cascade outwards as the lid is removed. This gives all sorts of scope for creative ideas, for instance adding rubber stamped tags with a special message, attaching decorative embellishments, adding keepsakes or mementos and much more! Place a gift in the center of the box or make a tiny gift box and attach it to the center of the box to hold a special... gift.
This box can be created using thick paper or cardstock. A more robust structure can be created by using thicker card or chipboard. It is a good idea to practice first using scrap paper before moving onto good quality paper or cardstock. To make this even easier, we have a template that you can print and use.
- Paper or cardstock
- Templates if required
- Rubber stamps and ink
- Embellishments and adornments
- Scissors, ruler, pencil etc
This box is perfect for using as a gift box to present a small gift. This would also make a lovely and unusual favor box, perhaps for a wedding or special celebration. Simply change the color and theme of the paper or cardstock used to create a box which is perfect for any occasion. Add some embellishments to jazz up the finished box. The instructions on the following pages will walk you through every step of the way.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Cut Out the Pieces
Use the template or use your own measurements and cut out the pieces from cardstock or thick paper. To make the most from your cardstock, print the templates onto scrap paper and place these onto the cardstock to make the most efficient use of space.
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Add Rubber Stamped Decorations
Add any stamped decorations as required. I stamped an all over design using a complementary colored ink. Another option would be to stamp a single image into the center of each side.
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Fold the Sides
Fold the sides of the box as shown. Make crisp and definite folds as this will help to ensure that sides cascade outwards effectively. Place the pieces inside each other to form the base of the box. Use glue or double-sided tape to hold them together. Glue dots or thick double sided tape will give added depth to the box.
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Make the Lid
Add any special attachments or embellishments to the lid of the box before folding it. To make the lid for the box, glue the flaps and attaching them in place as shown.
Tip: If you want to shorten the sides of the lid simply trim the edges as required. Use pattern edged scissors to create a pretty textured effect.
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Complete the Box
To finish the box simply tuck the base into the lid. When the lid is taken off the box the sides will cascade outwards. Add any additional elements to customize and personalize your box. I added some small gift tags and envelopes to contain special messages. I also attached a tiny gift box that I made in a coordinating colored paper to hold a small gift. I used double sided adhesive tape to attach the tiny gift box to the base of the exploding box.
There are many other exciting ways to vary and... adapt this basic idea - if you have made an exploding box that you would like to share, why not send me an email!