An exploding box is a small box that when opened has pages and pockets for pictures or messages, giving you a special way to share your sentiments. They are great for special relatives or friends. My box is filled with inspirational messages for a friend, who is going through a tough time. You have a total of 20 sides inside the box on which you can put messages, pictures or embellishments. In addition, you have pockets for 8 tags or special memorabilia. This is one of the projects that looks tough but the basic framework is easy if you follow the pattern. The Simple Stories Life Documented collection works especially well. The double-sided coordinating papers are of just the right weight – they are easy to work but thick enough for a box. The embellishments can be as simple or complicated as you want.
For this project you need four pieces of paper/cardstock – three for the boxes and one for the top. For the outside of the box, I used Live Life 24/7. A 12" x 12" piece forms the outside of the box and one set of inside flaps. For the middle box, you need a 10.5” square. I used Newsprint. And for the inner box, which requires a 9” square, I used Orange/Grid.
Begin with the 12" x 12" paper. Imagine your paper is a grid with 4" squares as in the image below. (My drawing is not to scale; all should be 4" squares.) Score on dotted lines and cut on solid ones. To assure that all my lines were straigiht and corners square, I used my trimmer, changing from a cutting blade to scoring blade as needed. Score a diagonal line from the outside corner of A to the inside corner of A. Repeat with C, G & I.
|Inside of Outer Box|
Fold along score marks. The four corner squares will become triangles once you complete folding. Use glue to hold the corners in the triangle shape. The flatter they are the better it will be when you fold the box. I inked all the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink. The four squares that you have on the inside can be decorated. I would recommend that you decorate these with flat objects as the two other sets of “pages” will be on top of these. I stamped messages on coordinating paper and affixed to the squares. If you use, a lighter paper on the inside you could stamp your design directly on the flap. Cut out objects, border trim, etc. would be really great for this.
Once you have all boxes decorated, glue the boxes together. You can use your favorite adhesive. I used Glossy Accents because I wanted to make sure it stuck. Once the boxes are together, you can decorate the bottom of the inside of the box. I made one flower with a Gluber and a strip of linen ribbon that is available at ScrapbooksPlus. (If you haven’t used Glubers, you need to try them. They are really easy to use to make a variety of flowers.) You simply roll the ribbon and push down into the massive (and strong) glue dot. Of course, you could use any kind of flower or other embellishment you like. The remainder of my flowers are Bazzill paper flowers. This is where you can make the box fit your theme and use lots of the fun embellishments available at Scrapbooks-Plus. The only limit is the space you have.
These are perfect when you want to give a little more than a card, but not a big gift. What grandmother wouldn’t love one of these with pictures of the grandkids? Or it would be a great way to share your feelings or memories with your Valentine? I’m thinking it would also be a great thank you gift for a hostess. And you get the fun of making it. Try it!