Explosion Box!





Introduction: Explosion Box!

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A box for any occasion. A box that does nothing but fall open. Who doesn't want one? Ok not very exciting, but hopefully the contents make up for it. A new way to present your present!

The Necessity List:
-Wrapping paper or normal paper (Outside)
-Some thick paper, cardstock (For the inside)
-Box cutter and scissors
-Glue or tape
*Ribbons, bows, etc (for decoration)

This box does not literally explode. Please don't sue me. I don't really understand the etymology either.

Step 1: Cutting


Step 2: Wrapping

Time to break tradition, no more wrapping your present boxes last anymore! Wrapping without even having a box to wrap!

Step 3: X

Take a wrapped square and make a grid on the thick paper. You want to make a cross shape that will connect the cardboard squares.
You can adjust the size by trimming to how much you want the wrapping paper to be exposed.
Be sure that the middle square is the EXACT same size as one of the wrapped squares or else the sides will not fall correctly.

The image below should clarify.
Cut out the cross following the red lines.
After having the cross cut out, crease the gray lines(shown below).

Step 4: Coming Together

Now that the cross is cut out and creased, glue one of the wrapped squares in the center of the cross. After the center is glued you can glue the rest of the wrapped squares making the sides.

If everything is going well these should fold up and fall down.

Step 5: Cap It

The cap will just be the large wrapped square with some smaller rectangles added.

Take any cardboard scraps you have and cut out rectangles the length of the square and maybe 1 inch in height.
Make 4 of these rectangles. Then wrap each one individually with wrapping paper.
(You can line the insides of your rectangles and large square with the thick paper you had to match the box and hide showing cardboard)
Assemble the cap by taping or gluing each rectangle to the outside of the square. Hot glue works well here.

Fold up the flaps and top it off with a cap and you're good!

Step 6: Finish!

Well everything is complete now. The outcome is a multipurpose box. So gift it, put something in it, use it as decoration, anything.

Take your lunch in it, that can of Spam will work. Everyone will be envious when you pop that top. You may then proceed to take over the world with your can of Spam and your explosion box.



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    Can I buy the card stock from the $1 store

    How big do the cardboard squares need to be

    Just curious. How big are your cardboard squares and the cardstock paper that you used? Like height and length in inches.

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    Now to make 3 of them and put them inside each other....

    What do I do to add more paper inside with the flaps to create more?

    This looks really fun, great idea, will make for next birthday, thanks :D

    Awesome! I have to try this on my younger brother, but just to be nice i will really put something little in the box (notice I said little :p).

    do u have to have the big paper? cuz i was thinking to just cut the cross out, out of the cardboard..... then cut out the paper just for it to look nice.... but im just curios (i think i spelled that right) to know.

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    Yeah it'll work, but it'll be important to crease your cardboard well though. Wrapping it outside would be harder because the flaps move, which might cause the paper to bend (unless you cut out individual squares). Hmm I like using curious better, but have no idea really. l

    okay thanks.... and i made it the way you did and it looks GREAT!!!!!that is soooo cool....... but i don't know what to put in there for my moms birthday though....

    This is awsome, perfect for Father's day!

    Very nice instructable, I might try this some day. :)

    I noticed this instructable is the 9th result in a Google search for "Explosion box".

    Very nice!Ii enjoyed this instructable and plan to make a modified version that uses party popper charges to create a loud sound as the cap is pulled of. Iif time alows I am also going to be adding a smoke contraption so once the smoke clears... POOF! The present is there.

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     Awesome idea! My dad's b-day is today... (but a little too late to rewrap now. :] )

    I´d love to see an instructable os your planned box.

    The main reason for that is the "smoke contraption". I think it would add a very nice efect to tha box!!

    Just make sure the present is worthy of the presentation!  LOL. 

    This reminds me of the 'exploding' boxes I've made (from kits!) using fabric instead of paper.  You can add internal pockets, strips of elastic, etc., to contain sewing gear, needles, or just leave it empty for chocolates!  Also, there are cloth variations which include gussets between the sides, which fold inside, but act to contain the contents a bit better, and versions with more than four sides - six, eight, ...

    Your version is much simpler and therefore more achieveable!  Good for you!

    Ok, it is perhaps too early in the morning for me.  Why is it called an "explosion box"?  It has no mechanics to blow confetti or pop or nothing. 

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    It was the most appropriate name that I could find through google. Falling open box didn't sound very appealing to me. Google it, these things are just called that.