Saturday, May 17, 2008

Family Exploding Box

I have wanted to try making an exploding box for a long time and I have finally done it. It was so easy! I made this in one evening. I am giving this to my Grandma for her 80th birthday! I was making it so she could put pictures of all of her Great Grandkids but now I am thinking that maybe I should just put random pictures of all of our family... So far there are only pictures of my 4 kids in it. I still have a couple of weeks to decide what pics I put in. I really like the way it turned out in such a short time! I am including the instructions on how I did it. I found a bunch of different directions on line but I ended up making mine a little different than the ones that I found but I think it still works. Thanks for stopping by!


You will need:

4 sheets of 12x12 cardstock (I used Bazzill)
adhesive (I used double stick tape for the paper, mini glue dots for the embellishments, Glossy Accents to glue the lid, and my xyron 150 for all of the ribbon, and the xyron 500 for the pictures)
bone folder (I used the one that comes in my cricut tools)
12" razor cutter (I love my fiskars cutter!)
coordinating patterned paper (I used Creating Keepsakes All in One Kit)
Favorite embellishments (who doesn't love all of the fun things you can add? I used sayings that came in the Kit, skittles, ribbon, prima flowers,and lots of chalk ink)

First sheet of cardstock 12x12 (outside of box), score cardstock at 4" on all 4 sides with the bone folder. Cut out 4 corners so it looks like a cross then fold on all of the scored lines.
Second sheet of cardstock, cut to 11x11, score at 3 3/4" on all 4 sides and again cut out 4 corners and fold.
Third sheet of cardstock, cut to 10.5x10.5, score at 3 1/2" on all 4 sides and cut out 4 corners and fold.

I then used 8 pieces of coordinating patterned paper to emblish both sides of all of the squares. There will be 24 squares. 20 of them can have pictures but the other 4 will be the outside of the box. I then added ribbon, flowers, rub-ons, skittles, etc. to embellish.

Once the embellishments were done I used double sided tape to tape the layers together. Tape the center only. I started with the smallest and taped the center only to the middle sized paper. Then I taped those to the largest piece, again only in the center.

Lid - Cut the 4th piece of cardstock to 8x8 and score at 2" on all 4 sides. Cut only one side of each corner square and glue together. I used paper clips to hold the edges together while the glue dried, but because I used Glossy Accents it dried in 10 seconds and has a very stong bond! (I learned that trick from Tim Holtz!) Embellish the top of the box and you are done!!!!

It really is easy and is super fun to take the lid off and have the pages flop out! ENJOY!


JanisD said...

Wow, I LOVE everything on your blog!!! You make some awesome things.....

Thanks, Janis

scrapn_momof2 said...

Jenny, I love it. Thank you so much for posting the directions!! I have been wanting to do one of these for awhile. Absolutely gorgeous!

Sharon Caudle said...

This is beautiful. I LOVE the papers you used! Awesome job once again girl! And you do such a wonderful job passing on all the directions! Thank you for that! You're AWESOME!!

Anonymous said...

I love your box. I missed you at Monique's last SU thing. We made a christmas explosion box. Queen's Court...Leslie