I made this for my mother for Mother’s Day this year. She is far away from me and I miss her dearly.
There are different kinds of explosion boxes:
- Some can lay flat with no bottom and be mailed like the one above
- Some have lids and bottoms that you couldn’t mail if you tried
- Some are very intricate and have all kinds of things popping out of them
- Some have pages and are like a photo album
- Some are different shapes like purses or houses, pyramids or hexagons
This is an explosion box that can be mailed in a 5-1/4″ x 7-1/4″ envelope and here are the instructions:
1. Cut cardstock that you will use as the box (or base) 5-1/2″ x 10-1/2″. In this case, I used yellow. See below.
2. Score the box/base cardstock at 2-1/2″, 5″, 7-1/2″ & 10″. See below.
3. Turn the cardstock and score at 2-1/2″. See below.
4. Cut on the 4 score lines up to where it is scored at 2-1/2″ and stop there as shown by the black lines below.
5. Fold on the score lines to create the box and use tape or glue to adhere it. I used ECD Transparent Double-Sided Tape for all adhesive except the decorations popping up.
6. Cut pattern paper into 4 pieces of 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ and adhere to the inside flaps. Note: you can leave one flap blank and write a little note or adhere a photo.
7. Cut pattern paper into 4 pieces of 2-3/8″ x 2-7/8″ and adhere to the outside of the box.
8. Cut box/base cardstock into 2 strips of 3-1/2″ x 1″. Score them at 1″ on each end. Fold them into a Z shape and adhere to the inside of the box so that your flowers, sentiment, whatever will pop up when adhered to these strips.
9. Pick “decorations” to pop up. In this case, I chose a few chipboard flowers and a stamped sentiment on blue cardstock backed by black cardstock. Say THAT ten times fast!
10. I used Glue Dots to adhere my flowers to the Z strips inside the box.
Cardstock – yellow
Pattern paper – DCWV 12×12 Kitchen Sparkles Gltr.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double-Sided Tape
Martha Stewart Score Board