You've seen gift boxes before, and you probably weren't too impressed. It is never the box that someone gets excited with – yes, except for very young children. But when you choose an explosion box instead of a regular gift box, you have a surprise wrapped around a surprise. An explosion box is a gift in itself, very decorated and fun from all angles. If you've seen explosion boxes before, you thought they looked pretty complicated and complicated. Here's the secret – they are surprisingly easy to do.
Exploding With Fun
Open a regular box and it's just a box of regular pages. However, an explosion box is different. Explosion boxes are divided into individual panels, and each one is decorated. Often, explosion boxes are manufactured with layers so that each of the four sides of the boxes has several things to look at. And in the middle a little surprise awaits. It sounds and looks complicated, but almost anyone can do this simple, super fun DIY.
– Assemble your materials
To make an explosion box you do not need a box. You need thick cardboard. Choose one or more colors, depending on the design of the box you want. If you are creating something for an elegant business, choose a basic color scheme such as black and white. For a baby shower, get cardstock in shades of pastel. You need full size cardboard and you need at least one piece for each layer in your box. A good explosion box usually has three layers, so you want at least five pieces of cardboard to make a small box.
Step 2 – Cut Your Box
There are many templates online that you can download and print to serve as a simple guide. However, you do not need a template. An explosion box has a very simple shape. It is essentially a center field with four corresponding panels attached to each side of the square. Essentially, you make a perfectly symmetrical plus sign (+) of paper. The first layer (the first plus sign) should be the largest, with each panel at least four inches wide and long. Cut two more layers in exactly the same shape about 1/2 inch to one inch smaller than the first, largest, layer. When you stack the layers on top of each other, largest to smallest, you can already see your explosion box take shape.
Step 3 – Make the Exterior Window
The final panel at the bottom of the design will act as the outer box containing the explosion. This panel is a little different from the layers you did before. The center of this panel should be a square just a little larger than the center edge of your lower layer. But instead of cutting a plus sign, you make more of an X with this outer layer. Cut a "V" shape in the middle of the top, the middle of the bottom and the middle of each side of the card material.
The bottom of the V will end at your center edge. You will be left with four thick arms that radiate diagonally from the central square. Fold each arm along the middle, along the far, to find the exact center. Using this center line as a guide, cut a heart shape at the top of each arm. Place this layer at the bottom of your box design, line up the center edge so that the hearts run diagonally from the center.
Step 4 – Fold your drawer layers
Make things easier for yourself and fold your box layers together. Each panel should be folded upwards from the center panes. The outer layer of the box with the heart-shaped arms will fold upwards toward you, not down to your work area.
Step 5 – Start Decorating
When your drawer layers are all stacked together and folded, you can start having fun! Add pictures, sticks, tinsel, buttons, feathers or whatever you want in each layer and panel in the explosion. Be sure to let all the glue dry before starting to assemble the box. After all, you want it to open and you want every panel to be visible.
Step 6 – Place the Surprise
A small surprise is often in the middle of the box. A small piece of jewelry, a treat or some other small item is perfect.
Step 7 – Build the Box
All your folds have been made, so now it's just bringing everything together. Pull up each side of the box along the bays to mount the box. This gives you an idea of how big the top opening is. Measure this space so you know how big your lid must be.
Step 8 – Make the lid
Cut one last cardboard box to serve as the lid of the box. This lid must be the same size as the top of the box, plus 2 inches on all four sides. Cut a piece of cardboard in these dimensions. Make 2-inch folds on all four sizes on this square. Once your creases have been made, the corners where the coves intersect will be visible. Cut out these corners and use your creases to create a lip around the square. Tie the corners together, and you'll have a lid. Decorate the lid as you like and place it on top of your explosion box to hide the surprise inside.
Step 9 – Finishing Touch
Pull a strap around the box and tie it with a bow at the top. When the band opens and the lid is removed, the box explodes to reveal all your decorations and the fun surprise in the middle. The design will make a big impression on anyone who gets an explosion box, and you look like a DIY craft guru!