Exploding Booby Trap Gift Box

This Instructable will show you how to 'booby trap' a box with party poppers and surprise whoever opens it.

I first tried this on my Dad at Christmas last year, and ever since I've done the same to every present I given to someone.

It doesn't take long to do, and even if you're given a really crappy present to someone, they'll remember the surprise they got when they opened the box.

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Step 1: What You'll Need

You'll need:

• 1 CardBoard Box (to put your gifts inside)
• 4 Party Poppers
• 4 Matches
• Glue Gun
• A small screwdriver ( or something with a sharp point)
• Something nice to put in the box (optional)

Step 2: Glueing the Poppers to the Box

• Remove the paper sleeve from around the party popper. This will let the glue bond to the popper better.

• Apply some glue to the side of the party popper, and attach to the edge of one of the box flaps with the string facing the inside of the box. Important: (Glue the party popper about 2cm from the edge of the flap, so the box lid can close properly.)

• Repeat this for all 4 flaps on the box.

Step 3: Setting the Trap

• With the party poppers glued to the box, and the string facing inwards, make a small hole underneath the party popper on the side of the box.

• Poke the string through the hole and out to the other side.

• On the outside of the box, glue a match stick to the end of the popper string.

Before you carry on with the next steps, put your gifts into the box. Theres no going back without setting off the booby trap!

Important: Partially close the lid, and pull the string on the outside, being carful not to explode the party popper. When the lid is about halfway open, and halfway closed (at 45ª) hold the string tourt and apply some glue to the hole. This is the position the person opening the box will explode the party poppers.

• Make a small cut into the side of the box, long enough for the match to sit in, and glue it in place.

• Do this to all 4 poppers on all 4 sides

Step 4: Wrap the Box

•  Close the box and wrap it in whatever beautiful paper you have. I chose this lovely flowery stuff.

• Give you gift to whoever you want, and watch their reaction.

One or two poppers may not fire at your first attempt (thats why I add 4 poppers to my boxes), but after you do this a couple of time, all 4 poppers should explode.


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    1 year ago

    I want to booby trap bicycles, packages and purses to deter/"reward" thieves. Then video it. Oops! Somebody beat me to it!


    3 years ago

    does superglue work too


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This will be a perfect surprise for my son's "booby trap / secret agent" birthday party :)


    6 years ago on Step 3

    You could just get one of those boxes where the lid is separate from the box. Take the party poppers and glue the bottom to the bottom of the box. Then glue the string to the lid. When they take the lid off, the string will pull.


    8 years ago on Step 3

    I'm a little confused, what is the purpose of the matchstick?

    It cant explode because they are inside the box so it will just make a loud pop and when you open it there would be a lot of confetti inside.

    Thats why step 3 is marked as important. The postion you glue the strings to the box determines when the popper explodes as the person opens the box.

    If you glue the strings in the correct position, the poppers will fire confetti and streamers out of the box as it's being opened!

    duballfthe poodleo

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Party poppers "emit a loud popping noise by means of a small friction-actuated explosive charge that is emitted by pulling a string or by compressed air released when released." Wikipedia. They normally blow out confetti or streamers as you pull the string.

    You should be able to buy them pretty cheaply from a party shop, dollar or pound shop, and at most supermarkets.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    How fiendish! I ran a RP game a few weeks ago where the people in the game received exploding boxes... I may use this idea ot scare the bajeebus out of my players ta :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Instead of the wooden match sticks, you can also use toothpicks. When I first read the bill of materials, I thought you were planning to light fuses or something equally illegal hazardous :-)