Pop Out Exploding Box Card Tutorial
Last night I worked on an “explosion box” ! ….Don’t worry, I will tell you in a minute…guys, just when I think I’ve covered a lot of territory, well, then I come across some entirely new discoveries.
This one is a really cool twist on the traditional greeting card…it’s like a card on steroids because it’s not just a card…it’s a box!
The premise is, when the lid is removed, the box falls open to reveal cute greetings, tokens, photos, or whatever you want to insert, and thinks wow, I did not see that one coming! It doesn’t actually “explode” thank goodness, more like it pops out at you.
This post was done courtesy of a fellow blogger Shari’s Berries. The tutorial is great but I was very green and honestly this was the first I’d heard of an explosion box. So I did have to visit Youtube to find out the nuances of putting it together.
OK, here are the things you will need if you want to follow suit!
Explosion Box Materials List
You’ll need about 4 pieces of square shaped cardstock at least 60 lb in weight. The heavier the weight, the more sturdy your box will be. How small or big is up to you, the most ideal size is 12″ by 12″.
♥Need more help regarding paper weight? This guide will enlighten you further!♥
- Paper-friendly adhesive such as Avery Glue Stic
- Craft Scissors
- Scoring tool
- Ruler or yardstick
Shari’s Berries has some cool templates that you can download to get started. I would’ve gone that route, but unfortunately my printer has gotten tapped out on ink. That was when I realized I needed to acquire some new cardstock, ’cause I was tapped out on that too!
Be prepared to get comfortable using a ruler as you’re going to be doing a good bit of measuring here! I’m using warm tone colors for my box. It’s fall right now (yay!) and I love red and orange so I chose dark red, bright red and orange.
Measuring and Cutting
Ok…ready? Grab your ruler and let’s go to town! With your first sheet of cardstock securely in place (my sheet is flush with a masonite board I’m using to protect my workspace) hold your ruler parallel exactly to the sheet of cardstock.
Divide three sections each of them being 4″ apiece…Using a pencil, mark them off. Now rotate the sheet and repeat the same measurements. It’ll kind of like be like creating a “tic tac toe” board. Using a scoring tool, make a crease to make the paper easier to fold.
Now you’re going to take the next second and third cardstock sheets and repeat what you did with the first sheet only this time you are going to make them a little smaller .
The second sheet – trim off one-fourth of the perimeter, and the third sheet, trim off a half of an inch. The reason we are making these sheets a little smaller is that they are the successive layers that will go inside the first layer and will peek out nicely. The center square will remain the same size.
Carefully trim your three sheets cut off the first, third, seventh and ninth squares. What you will have remaining will resemble a plus sign.
Apply adhesive to the center square of the second and third layers to the middle of the first layer so they will stay in place but the side panels will “pop out”.
Decorate Your Explosion Box!
OK…now that the “technical” stuff is out of the way, the fun can begin! Whatever the occasion is that you want to present your card, you can use many items: scrap paper, gift wrapping paper, glitter, stick-on gems, the possibilities are really endless!
I’ve been going to town with a combination of these. In addition I used my gel pens to draw embellishments.
Don’t Forget the Centerpiece of Your Explosion Box!
Now let’s tackle the center of the box – you need a cute little adornment to go right smack in the middle! Your center adornment can be something to represent the gift giving occasion. To create the little platform, this neat trick will make it super easy!
Take one of the squares you cut out previously and fashion it into a tiny mini-box by dividing it in half using the ruler and scoring tool and folding it into a box shape. Glue it into the middle square like so.
Now what will you choose to be the center object? It can be something like a brass charm, sentimental trinket, maybe even a ring…guys looking for a unique way to “pop the question”, here’s your chance!
This was tricky for me because, first of all, I didn’t have an occasion, and second…an object that was “just perfect”. I finally found this cute kitty I made out of clay way back when 🙂 What do you think?
Glue your chosen object to the center mini box (Use a more non-porous glue for this – I am using Aleene’s clear tacky glue)
Decorating the Inner Layers
Remember that with multiple layers, you’ve got a LOT of territory to cover, so don’t stop at the center…decorate the inner layers too! You can use gift paper scraps, gem embellishments, sequins, beads, glitter…I think you get the idea…Pimp that baby out!!
Making the Box Lid
Well, now we come to the lid….this part was a little tricky. What you do is get your fourth sheet of cardstock and measure out a square in the middle that is the same size.
Measure about 2″ from around the perimeter. Mark them off just as you did earlier with the card layers. Score the edges and fold the perimeter up to create the edges of the lid.
Use glue to secure the sides. I think you know where this is going but here goes….Bling up that lid too with a little razz-a-ma-taz!
Gather up the sides of your main box that you’ve decorated….If executed correctly, you should be able to place the lid over it securely. When the recipient removes the lid, the magic happens and it falls open to reveal all your handiwork 🙂
Ta-da! An explosion box!♥
I know this project looks complicated, but when you get started you’ll be surprised…it just looks that way. Try it sometime and let me know how it goes for you!