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Today I would like to share a tutorial for an exploding box. It’s still a paper craft project for those of you getting worried! These make wonderful place settings for holiday parties and are a great alternative to crackers for those of us with limited dexterity.

The finished box will look like this;

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You Will Need

  • Exploding Box Templates. I created templates for 3cm and 6cm Boxes with full instructions. The PDF’s were kindly added to the Stamping Mad Forum site. The link will take you to the post on the forum. From there you can download the PDF’s for the boxes of your choice.  You will need to download these to follow this project ;)
  • A4 card stock that will go through your printer.
  • A printer
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Scoring tool

You can use plain or pre printed patterned cardstock. If you only have plain paper use craft CD’s to create the patterned paper that will suit your finished project.

The template has been designed to fit within an A4 sheet. For the 3cm box, print one A5 background from Artylicious CD, the box and it’s lid will fit within it. The 6cm box with the lid and inserts will require 2 sheets of A4 backgrounds from the CD.

Method

  • Open the PDF of the size of box you wish to make.
  • Read through the instructions on the screen.
  • Print your background designs on to your chosen card, then allow the ink to dry. Put the card back into the printer and print the box template directly onto the card.
  • Follow the instructions within the PDF for how to cut, fold and assemble your Exploding box and it’s lid.
  • Add additional images as toppers to your basic box, and embellish you box to your chosen theme.

Ideas for your box

I am using these one’s as place settings for our Christmas table. These are also ideal for anyone with dexterity problems who can’t manage crackers :) Due to RSI I cannot pull a cracker, so it will be nice to be able to join in with these instead. I’m sure there are shops that sell paper hats and you can print your own jokes if you really want to use these as alternatives to crackers. You could add a special small gift or the confectionary of your choice to the smaller inner box. If you want to add a larger gift, don’t add the inner box, this will leave you more room inside the box. :)

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If you made this box in different styles of card, it could easily be adapted for;

Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings, Baby showers. It is a perfect size for place settings and enables you to tailor your chosen gift to the person you are giving it to. Try printing on pearlescent card for a really impressive result.

Links

Here are a just a few suppliers who produce CD’s of papers and toppers, that you can use to create your background papers.

  • Graphicus  I used their Season’s Greeting’s CD from their Artylicious range to create the sample shown in this tutorial.  Artylicious is a truly wonderful range of artwork that is even better when you see it in real life.
  • Joanna Sheen  Joanna has a wide range of CD’s on all kinds of topics, they all include background papers, as well as toppers.
  • Crafters Companion  All kinds of images on a variety of CD’s

I would like to thank

Many thanks to Helen on the Stamping Mad forum for posting the PDFs for me.

Stamping Mad Forum  A friendly and welcoming forum for crafters of all levels, do come and have a look round.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

**Edited & updated from a post previously published on this blog 28 November 2008**

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Today I would like to share a tutorial on how to make an Exploding box, any size you choose, no need for templates. Sounds good, it is and its dead easy too ;) With embellishing your box can look like this;

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You will need

  • Three pieces of square cardstock the same size, any size
  • Scoring tool
  • Metal Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Optional extra; Scor It Bord

 

Method

First we will make the box itself;

  • Score your first piece of card in thirds
  • Rotate the card 90 degrees and score into thirds again
  • Your card looks like this

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  • Cut off the four outer corner squares (shown marked A, C,G and I
  • Trim these ‘offcuts’ a little and glue them back onto the inside of B, D, F and H

Your Box now looks like this;

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  • Decorate with any additional images and embellishments

For the inner box;

  • Score your second piece of card in thirds
  • Rotate the card 90 degrees and score into thirds again
  • Your card looks like this

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  • This time we cut off squares D and F

Your card now looks like this;

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To assemble this inner box;

  • Glue square C to the inside of square I

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  • Glue square A to the inside of square G
  • Glue the base of the box (square E) to the centre of the main box.

 

For the lid;

  • Take your thrid piece of card, score cut and assemble as shown on Erin Michele’s You Tube video for the Gift Box http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=q3ROyc7iEZY Your card must be the same size as the main box so that once folded it will perfectly fit.

The completed box, once open;

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I haven’t yet added additional decoration to the inside pages as I ran out of time. Do feel free to embellish to your hearts content. Use fairly sturdy card and you could put any kind of gift suitable to the person you are giving it too. These boxes make excellent alternatives to crackers and are perfect for people with limited dexterity. Add a gift tag to the outside of the box and they also make perfect place settings too.

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By changing the paper/card you use these would be great for weddings, christenings, baby showers etc.

 

Have fun and if you get stuck do leave me a comment and I’ll try and help you out.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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Welcome Back

Today I would like to share a tutorial for an exploding box. It’s still a paper craft project for those of you getting worried!

The finished box will look like this;

 00154p003

00154p004

You Will Need

  • Template. I created templates for 3cm and 6cm Boxes with full instructions. You will need to download these to follow this project, links at the end of the article.
  • A4 card stock that will go through your printer
  • A printer
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Scoring tool

If you only have plain paper use craft CDs to create the patterned paper that will suit your finished project.

The template has been designed to fit within an A4 sheet. For the 3cm box, print one A5 background from Artylicious CD, the box and it’s lid will fit within it. The 6cm box with the lid and inserts will require 2 sheets of A4 backgrounds from the CD.

Method

  • Open the PDF of the size of box you wish to make.
  • Read through the instructions on the screen.
  • Print your designs on to your chosen card, then put the card back into the printer and print the box template directly onto the card.
  • Follow the instructions within the PDF for how to cut, fold and assemble your Exploding box and it’s lid.
  • Add additional images as toppers to your basic box, and embellish you box to your chosen theme.

Ideas for your box

I am using these one’s as place settings for our Christmas table. These are also ideal for anyone with dexterity problems who can’t manage crackers :) Due to RSI I cannot pull a cracker so it will be nice to be able to join in with these instead. I’m sure there are shops that sell paper hats and you can print your own jokes if you really want to use these as alternatives to crackers. You could add a special small gift or the confectionary of your choice to the smaller inner box. If you have larger gifts, come back next Friday for the next installment of Exploding Boxes, there I will show you how to make these boxes without templates and you can modify them to the size of your choice ;)

00154p002

If you made this box in different styles of card, it could easily be adapted for;

Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings, Baby showers. It is a perfect size for place settings and enables you to tailor your choesen gift to the person you are giving it to.

Links

Here are a few suppliers who produce CDs of papers and toppers that you can use to create your background papers.

  • Graphicus;  I used their Season’s Greeting’s CD from their Artylicious range to create the sample shown in this tutorial. http://www.graphicus.co.uk/brokerage.asp?SubCatID=43 Check out their full range of CDs inthe CD section from the home page. Artylicious is a truely wonderful range of artwork that is even better when you see it in real life.
  • Joanna Sheen;  Joanna has a wide range of CDs on all kinds of topics, they all include bacground papers, as well as toppers.
  • Crafters Companion;  All kinds of images on a variety of CDs

The Templates

Here are PDFs of the templates you will need for the Exploding Boxes.

Angel policy on templates

These templates have been made with love and given to you for free, they are for your own personal use. Please do not print them to sell.

You are welcome to sell any projects you make from these templates.

I’d love to see the projects make.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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