Thirty -Two “Exploding Boxes”

I got really excited when I discovered the “Exploding Box”. I thought right away that they would make great “thank you” gifts. An exploding box is a type of  folded, mini album which may have interior or exterior embellishments arranged on layers consisting of four “flaps”. When folded upwards, these flaps form a box shape which is then held in place by a square lid.

The finished boxes including the inspired John Deere box.

The first thing I did was to make a sketch.

Next I gathered together the supplies needed: Three different colors of 12″ x 12″ card stock, 8.5″ x 11″ card stock for top, decorative paper, printed images, die cut outs, scorer and board, double sided craft tape, glue, glue dots, and embellishments.

I trimmed down the three pieces of card stock to be stacked in layers at center of exploding box  from large to small. Sizes were: 12″ x 12″, 11.75″ x 11.75″, and 11.5″ x 11.5″

1) Score each piece of card stock at the 4″ mark, rotate & score three more times at that mark. You should have  nine squares bordered by score lines. 2) Cut out the four corner squares. 3) Use a corner cutter to round edges. 4) Tape medium sized  to larger, then tape smallest to medium sized creating three layers.

I embellished the bottom, large (blue) layer first, then the medium (gold), then the smallest (burgundy). The embellishments of these layers represent the various themes and charity projects of our organization.

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