Well, we are again approaching our anniversary. So time to come up with a great card for my hubby. Many years ago, I had created my first exploding box. (Disclaimer: there is no explosive or incinerator devices involved in this Instructable. So please don’t be upset when the box does not actually explode. Thank you.) The exploding box is a way to show a lot of love and appreciation for the person it is created for, so it is a card and much more. This is how to make one.
3 + pieces of 12”x12” cardstock (3 different colors)
1 piece 6”x6” cardstock
2 pieces 8.5”x 11” cardstock
1 piece 12”x12” scrapbook paper
Double sided adhesive (I have an ATG 714 tape dispenser gun, you can use PVA (white) glue if you want)
Corner rounder (optional)
Mini ink pad (in some color of brown)
Pencil and eraser
18” of ¼” ribbon
Decide which colors will be the outer, middle and inner layers of the box. Cut the outer most color into a 9”x9” square, the middle color into an 8.5”x8.5” square and the inner color into an 8”x8” square.
Using a ruler divide each sideof each square 3rds (as evenly as possible).
Draw lines to connect each area so that you have 9 small equal squares drawn on each large square.
Cut out each of the 4 corners of each piece. You will end up with 5 squares left and it will look big “+” (plus) sign. When you stack them on top of each other they will look like this.
Take the ink pad and scrape it long the exposed edges of each plus sign.
Using the straight edge of the ruler, fold each leg of each plus sign in toward the center square.
Once you have all three with their legs folded in, put some adhesive around the edges of the center square of the largest (outermost) piece. Glue the bottom of the middle piece on top of the largest piece.
Repeat with the middle piece and the center piece. Now you have your basic box done.
The Lid. Start with 6”x6” piece. Lay it in front of you with the wrong side up. Measure 1.5” from each edge and draw creases using the bone folder,
so that you have a 3” square in the middle, and 3”x1.5” rectangles on each side and 1.5” squares in each corner. Draw a crease diagonally through each of the 1.5” squares. Fold each of the creases in toward the center of the lid. The diagonal crease need to be folded in toward the center also.
Use the adhesive to glue the corners down toward the inside of the lid.
The lid is done.
Fold up all the sides of the box
and put the lid in place to hold the box together. You very basic box is done. Now comes the fun part, personalizing the 21surfaces available inside of the box.
Cut the scrapbook paper into 9 – 2.75” squares. With the other cardstock, cut 8 – 2.50” squares, and 9 – 2.25” squares.
Use the corner rounder to round all the corners
and the ink pad to chalk all the sides of each square.
With pictures (I just printed some off my computer on to regular paper) and sayings, decorate 4 of the 2.75” squares, and all of the other smaller squares. Now to decorate the box.
First decorate the outside of the box. Put 4 of the undecorated squares around on the outside of the box, if you are using stripes, have them all go the same direction. Nice. The 5th undecorated square goes in the center of the top of the lid. I came across a stamp that I had and stamped a message to my hubby on the square on the lid.
Lay the legs of the box out flat and decide what picture or saying to put in the very center and in the squares all around it. Pull the first set of legs down and match message to picture in the 4 places around the center. Pull the middle set of legs down and repeat the process with these sets of legs. Using Double stick tape, makes placing things easy and no drying time.
Final step. Lay the ribbon out flat on the table. Apply the double stick tape to the backside (if there is one) of the ribbon. Apply the ribbon around the sides of the lid with ends meeting in the center of the one side you call front. Tie a square knot and trim the tails of the ribbon.
Carefully fold all the sides of the box up, and put the lid over the top. Done!
This is why it is called an Exploding Box. With the box sitting on a flat surface, remove the lid and all the sides fall out away from the center, like in an exposition. Enjoy!